Training Courses

Buried Piping Using Caesar II

About The Course

Are you engaged in technical matters concerning buried industrial piping? This course imparts essential knowledge of soil mechanics and its influence on underground piping. Upon completion, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the technical aspects related to buried piping. This course caters not only to piping engineers but also offers valuable insights for operators, supervisors, technicians, and plant managers.

Key topics covered encompass relevant design codes (e.g., NEN 3650, ATV, AWWA), solutions to common stress issues, underground pipe support, thrust blocks, awareness of critical aspects, potential failure mechanisms, identification of field and design issues, and distinctions between buried steel and non-steel piping.

The course comprises 7 online modules featuring video content and provides one year of unrestricted access to both the course materials and the discussion forum, enabling you to revisit modules as necessary to reinforce your knowledge for professional projects.

Please note that this course requires an active Caesar II license, which is not provided as part of the course. For inquiries regarding licensing, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Program Details

Welcome Notes
  1. Welcome to the course

  2. Your instructors

  3. How to use this course

  4. Personal Certificate requirements

Module 1: Introduction & Overview of the Course | 1hr 2min
  • Introduction to Buried Piping

  • Soil Pipe Interaction

  • Failure Mechanisms in underground piping

  • Typical Design Solutions

  • Installation

  • Modeling and Design Codes

  • Introduction to Soil Mechanics

  • Soil Classification Methods

  • Stresses on Soil Elements

  • Stress-strain Relations for Soil Elements

  • Equilibrium of Stresses in Soil Layers

Module 2: Soil Pipe Interaction - Part 1 | 1hr 8min
  • Introduction to Soil Mechanics

  • Lateral Soil Resistance

  • Vertical Soil Resistance

  • Axial Soil Resistance

  • Soil Pipe Stiffness

  • Soil Implementation in Stress Models

  • Longitudinal Stresses

  • Exercise 2a Introduction

  • Summary of Module 2

  • Exercise 2a Discussion

Module 3: Buried Pipe Modeling in CAESAR II | 1hr 8min
  • Finite Element Analysis

  • Caesar II Pipe Stress

  • Caesar II Soil Modeler pt1

  • Caesar II Soil Modeler pt2

  • Underground Element Sizes

  • Additional Axial Restraints

  • Soil Settlements

  • Best Practices

  • Exercise 2b Introduction

  • Exercise 2b Discussion

Module 4: Soil Pipe Interaction - Part 2 : 1hr
  • Introduction to Buckling

  • Upheaval Pipe Buckling

  • Ring Type Buckling

  • Soil Settlements

  • Buried Pipe Installation Layouts

  • Exercise 3 Introduction

  • Exercise 3 Discussion

Module 5: Introduction to NEN3650 | 45min
  • Buried Piping codes: A summary

  • NEN3650-1, -2, and -3: Scope of the codes

  • Soil-Pipe Resistance pt 1 according to NEN3650-1

  • Soil-Pipe Resistance pt 2 according to NEN3650-1

  • Settlements and uncertainty according to NEN3650-1

  • Traffic load according to NEN3650-1

  • NEN3650-2 & NEN3650-3

  • AWWA M11 Code

  • Exercise 5 Introduction

  • Exercise 5 Discussion

Module 6: Underground Supporting & Structures | 30min
  • Underground Supporting & Structures

  • Stress Relief Methods

  • Soil Improvement

  • Comparison Between Some Soil Models

  • Exercise 7 Introduction

Module 7: Buried Piping in CAESAR II | 1hr
  • Remaining Topics

  • Calculating Buoyancy Failure pt1

  • Calculating Buoyancy Failure pt2

  • Questions to Bend Radii

  • Questions to Branches

  • Questions to Concrete Encasement

  • Support model for CAESAR II

  • Pipe sleeves

Final Notes
  1. Congratulations

  2. Course evaluation survey

  3. Your Personal Certificate

  4. Rate this course

  5. Related resources & follow up


This course is self-paced and is not subject to specific dates. The course contains 7 modules with a total of 6.5 hours of content which can be performed at your own pace. A personal certificate will be provided to you if you finish the course within the first month after purchase. This incentive aims to motivate you to perform the course on time, thereby improving your learning curve.


This course is scheduled over 1 work day.

This course is available in self-paced, hybrid, and classroom formats.

Prerequisites and level

  • Basic understanding of piping systems.
  • Basic user knowledge of the CaesarII software.
  • Level: Intermediate

Intended For:

This course is designed for:

  • Pipe stress engineers involved with buried piping systems in industrial environments,
  • Those involved in the design, installation, or maintenance of buried piping systems.

Access to the course
After your purchase is confirmed it will be activated to your account on the EngineeringTrainer learning portal. Here you will find the course in your dashboard and you will be guided step-by-step through the different course modules. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh your knowledge for your work projects.

Learn by doing
The course is mainly based on video content: video lectures and video software demonstrations. English subtitles are available and videos can be viewed as many times as desired. The video lectures help you to grasp the important technical concepts and in the video demonstrations the instructor uses the software and discusses all the steps and actions. You are recommended to follow the steps of the instructor in the software to optimize your learning curve.
Exercises are available in the form of multiple-choice quizzes to help you grasp technical concepts and in the form of PDF files with instructions to build and analyze different models and answer related questions. Video demonstrations of the exercises are available.

Participants of the self-paced and E-hybrid courses receive a personal digital certificate if they meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of each course module
  • Filling in the course evaluation survey

Participants of the classroom course receive a personal physical certificate upon the completion of the course.

Example certificate:

After this course, participants are expected to:

  • Have a good understanding of theoretical and practical aspects involved with realizing buried industrial piping systems,
  • Know how to apply for ground entries, underground supporting, thrust blocks, and road crossings,
  • Can perform pipe stress analysis in Caesar II,
  • Know potential critical issues and related failure mechanisms,
  • Understand the difference between steel and non-steel for buried piping.
  • Video lectures,

  • Video demonstrations,

  • Exercise .pdfs & video tutorials,

  • Discussions forum with other participants & instructor.

The majority of training material are videos. These are not available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the portal. The exercise files can be downloaded. These can include .pdf files with the exercise questions, software models or other related types. 

You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to watch content again if this is beneficial for your work projects..

We encourage participants to submit feedback and questions in the Discussions Forum of the course. These are either answered directly in the forum or form the basis for new videos that are added to the online course on a regular basis.

Participants receive 1-year unlimited access to the course including new videos that are added during this year. Participants receive an email notification upon addition of new course videos.

An active CaesarII license is required for this course. This is not included in the course. Please contact us for questions on this matter.

If your computer and internet connection is able to play videos online (YouTube) you will be able to follow the course. Note that almost all browsers are supported, except for Internet Explorer.

Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

Select Course Format


700 /user
  • Self-learning modules
  • Immediate module access
  • Online discussion forum
  • 1-year access
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • For individual learning


Price on request
  • Drip scheduled self-learning modules
  • Online discussion forum
  • 1-year access
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • For teams of minimum 4 people


Price on request
  • Face-to-face with instructors
  • On-site or in Rijswijk
  • Printed course materials
  • Lunch included
  • 1-year access to self-paced course
  • For teams of minimum 4 people

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