Geo-Hazards and Pipeline Engineering

This chapter presents one of the keynote addresses from an international conference on terrain and geohazard challenges facing onshore oil and gas pipelines (June 2004, London, United Kingdom). In this chapter, the author summarizes the current field of geohazards and pipeline engineering, emphasizing the important role of geohazards assessment as part of the planning and construction processes, notably to avoid costly long-term complications and failures. Topics include the objectives of geohazards surveys for pipeline engineering, the differences between conventional geotechnical site investigation for civil engineering and that required for pipeline engineering, the nature of geohazards, and survey techniques, including desk studies, image analysis, geo-system mapping, applied earth science mapping, digital photogrammetry and other digital techniques, GIS, monitoring studies, and environmental impact surveys. The author stresses that corridor selection, route definition, and refinement procedures undertaken during the pipeline site process are crucial if serious geohazards are to be avoided and risks minimized. The chapter is illustrated with images used to construct maps of terrain constraints, as well as examples of specific geohazards that show hazards that would prevent a project from moving forward.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 8-27
  • Monograph Title: Terrain and Geohazard Challenges Facing Onshore Oil and Gas Pipelines. International Conference

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  • Accession Number: 01109906
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0727732781
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2008 10:57AM