Buried Piping Engineering

using CaesarII

About the course

Are you actively involved with technical issues involving buried industrial piping? This course teaches you the basic technical knowledge of soil mechanics and its influence on underground piping. After the course you will have a solid understanding of the different technical aspects involved in buried piping. This makes the training course especially valuable for piping engineers, but also provides valuable information for operators, supervisors, technicians, and plant managers. 
Topics include relevant design codes (e.g. NEN 3650, ATV, AWWA), Solutions to typical stress problems, underground pipe supporting and thrust blocks, awareness of the critical aspects, potential failure mechanisms, identify potential field and design issues and the differences between buried steel and non-steel piping.
The course consists of 7 online modules based on video content. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course and the discussions forum. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh knowledge for your work projects.
An active CaesarII license is required for this course. Note that a license is not provided as part of the course. Please contact us for questions on this matter.

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Selected course format


Price on request
  • Face-to-face with instructors
  • On-site or in Rijswijk
  • Printed course materials
  • Lunch included
  • For teams


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


Price on request
  • Self-learning modules
  • Online discussion forum
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • 1-year access
  • For teams (min. 4)

Course Objective

To provide you with a solid understanding of the different technical and design aspects involved with buried piping and the ability to analyze them.”

Program & Details

  1. Welcome to the course

  2. Your instructors

  3. How to use this course

  4. Personal Certificate requirements

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Introduction to Buckling

  • Upheaval Pipe Buckling

  • Ring Type Buckling

  • Soil Settlements

  • Buried Pipe Installation Layouts

  • Exercise 3 Introduction

  • Exercise 3 Discussion

  • 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

  • Underground Supporting & Structures

  • Stress Relief Methods

  • Soil Improvement

  • Comparison Between Some Soil Models

  • Exercise 7 Introduction

  • 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

  1. Congratulations

  2. Course evaluation survey

  3. Your Personal Certificate

  4. Rate this course

  5. Related resources & follow up


After this course, you…
  • 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,
  • Are able to perform pipe stress analysis in Caesar II,
  • Know potential critical issues and related failure mechanisms,
  • Understand the difference between steel and non-steel for burried piping.

Intended for

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

Prerequisites and level

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


  • 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.

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