Short Courses

Design and Installation of Buried Pipes

Learn global best practice in buried pipe design as outlined by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) standards.

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Learn global best practice in buried pipe design as outlined by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) standards.

Designers often think of design and installation of buried pipe as two separate processes. This course reinforces the fact that, because of the fundamental importance of good soil support in pipe performance, the two processes cannot be separated.

You’ll discover how simultaneous consideration of pipe and soil, as two parts of one pipe-soil system, can optimise pipe performance and longevity, prevent failures and minimise the high cost of downtime and repairs.

The course covers the latest changes in pipe specifications, the importance of soil density and soil stiffness, ACSE Standard 15-93 for design and manufacture of reinforced concrete pipe and other ASCE standards for reinforced concrete pipe and box sections, as well as much more.

All participants will receive a copy of Pipeline Installation 2.0.

This course is run exclusively by The American Society of Civil Engineers with Engineering Education Australia.

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2 days

We can customise this course for groups of six or more.

You choose the time, place, duration and format.

Find out how we can help you and your team by completing an enquiry form or calling us on +61 3 9321 1700.

Is this course for you?

Is this course for you?

This course has been designed for anyone involved in pipe design and construction and would be particularly useful for design engineers, project managers, construction foremen, public works engineers, construction managers, soil testing personnel, pipeline owners, specification writers and construction inspectors.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Topics we'll cover

Topics we'll cover

Day one: Led by Jesse Beaver

  • Pipe materials and design
  • Soil properties
  • Loads
  • Elasticity design methods
  • Iowa deflection formula
  • Ring compression theory
  • Finite element analysis
  • Universal design concept
  • Analysis and design of flexible pipe
  • Analysis and design of rigid pipe (including ASCE 15-93)
  • Design for longitudinal effects
  • Analysis for buckling capacity

Day two: Led by Amster Howard

  • Pipe installation
  • Fundamentals of pipeline installation
  • Shipping, handling and storage
  • Inspection of pipe interiors
  • Trench excavation
  • Uncompacted bedding
  • Uncompacted padding
  • How to save money using native flowable fill
  • How to compact 2 metre thick lift of gravel to high density
  • Foundation and bedding
  • Laying and joining
  • Appurtenances and fittings
  • Embedment and backfill
  • Soil classification
  • Soil properties
  • Compaction of soil
  • Installation of flowable fill
  • Safety concerns
Amster K. Howard, Jr.
Jesse Beaver
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