Design of Buried Pipelines

Online /
Mar 6 - 7, 2025 /
Course Code: 15-0313-ONL25

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

It is highly recommended that upon completion of this basic course, participants take the advanced course of “Design of Buried Pipelines - An Advanced Approach” to enhance their knowledge.

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Learn the latest knowledge and advancements in pipeline engineering to stay current in the field.
  • Address and overcome challenges commonly faced in the pipeline industry.
  • Determine precise loads on buried pipelines to ensure their structural integrity and longevity.
  • Design buried gravity flow pipes and pressure pipelines with a strong understanding of engineering principles.
  • Apply advanced engineering knowledge to prevent failures and ensure the reliability of subsurface infrastructure.

Subsurface infrastructure is an absolute necessity in modern societies. One of this subsurface infrastructure's complex and extensive components is piping systems used for diverse applications, including sewer lines, drainage lines, subway tunnels, water mains, gas lines, culverts, and utility conduits. However, these buried lifelines are often forgotten unless they deteriorate and fail, resulting in costly service disruption, repairs, multiple ripping of roads, and time-consuming litigation.

Proper engineering knowledge is the key to solving this problem.

Who Should Attend
Construction Managers • Utility Engineers • Owners • Geotechnical and Civil Engineers • Contractors • City Managers • Pipeline Engineers • Designers • Consulting Engineers • Fabricators and Manufacturers of Pipeline Systems

Special Features & Requirements
This course includes a wide range of examples for analyzing and designing buried pipelines. Several short instructive videos are also used to show the manufacturing, installation, and application of buried pipelines.

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I


  • Application of buried pipes
  • Common pipe materials and characteristics

Loads on Buried Pipelines

  • Loads on buried rigid pipes
  • Loads on tunnelled or jacked pipes
  • Loads on flexible pipes
  • Effect of pipe axial bending
  • Live wheel loads
  • Highways and railway loads
  • Airport loads
  • Minimum soil cover
  • Pipe flotation
  • Longitudinal fractures
  • Broken bells
  • Effect of soil subsidence
  • Effect of temperature rise
  • Effect of seismic loads
  • Frost loads
  • Soil bearing

Design of Buried Gravity Flow Pipes

  • Soil Type and Classifications
  • Pipe Installation and Embedment
  • Trench Width considerations
  • Effect of Heavy Equipment
  • Design of rigid pipes
  • Design of flexible pipes
  • Creep and stress relaxation behaviour
  • Watkins's Soil-Strain Theory
  • Design criteria
  • Factor of safety
  • Profile-wall pipe
  • Parallel pipes
  • Parallel pipe and trench
  • Sloped Trench Wall
  • Pipe-soil interaction
  • Finite element analysis of buried pipes

Day II

Design of Pressure Pipelines

  • The difference with gravity flow pipes
  • Lame's solution for internal pressure
  • Surge pressure
  • External loads
  • Combined loading
  • Poisson's effect
  • Thermal load
  • Stress riser
  • Design bases for rigid pipes
  • Design bases for flexible pipes
  • Design bases for ductile iron pipes
  • Design bases for steel pipes
  • Design bases for fibre-reinforced plastic pipes
  • Pipe thrust and thrust restraint

Pipe Installation Techniques

  • Soil types
  • Trenching
  • Thrust block
  • Trench size
  • Backfilling
  • Parallel trenches
  • Trenchless Technology
  • Microtunneling

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Abouzar Sadrekarimi, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. Sadrekarimi is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Western University (London, Ontario). Dr. Sadrekarimi’s academic and professional expertise involves soil mechanics, foundation engineering, deep foundations, dam, advanced soil testing and characterization of soil behavior, in-situ testing, soil dynamics and geotechnical earthquake engineering, static and dynamic analysis of retaining walls, buried structures, and slope stability analysis. He joined Western after several years of engineering practical experience at Golder Associates Ltd. Dr. Sadrekarimi has over 50 published papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journals.

Dr. Sadrekarimi is a member of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (ISSMFE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Canadian Geotechnical Society, research director of Western’s Geotechnical Research Centre (GRC).

The Engineering Institute of Canada

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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