Outside Forces on Buried Pipelines (previously recorded live training)

  • Author: Technical
  • Level: Advanced
  • Study time: 6 hours
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Course overview
**This is a previously recorded virtual training. Video content only- no PDHs**

Dr. Benjamin Zand covers these questions and more to provide pipeline operators with simple, conservative approaches for the initial evaluation of the effects of outside forces on their pipelines.
The focus is on stress analysis that can be implemented in spreadsheets and other readily available software.
Topics covered include how to develop an approach, preliminary data gathering, how to determine the appropriate stress limits, existing stresses in pipelines and determining stresses from outside forces.
The outside forces covered include surface loads, spans, exposed stream crossings, blasting and construction vibrations.
The course will end with a brief discussion of the analytic tools that are available. 
  • Video time: 6 hours
  • Exams: 1 

Dr. Benjamin Zand, PhD, P.E.

Content SME, Scientific Computation and Principal Engineer at RSI Pipeline Solutions, LLC
ABOUT Dr. Benjamin Zand, PhD, P.E.
Dr. Zand has 20 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, geohazard assessment, stress analysis, pipeline integrity assessment, mechanics of composite material, and mathematical modeling.
His experience includes stress and vibration analysis and monitoring for oil and gas transport pipelines and facility piping.

Dr. Zand has assisted pipeline operators with geohazard problems such as longwall mining subsidence, ground movement, sinkholes, earthquakes, and fault crossings.

Dr. Zand has developed mitigation and monitoring programs for pipelines subjected to various geohazard conditions. He has assessed numerous pipelines subjected to vibration and cyclic loading from blast and construction. After working with Kiefner & Associates, Inc. from 2012 to 2019, he began a position at RSI Pipeline Solutions, LLC. He has also served as an instructor for the Rock Mechanics course at Ohio State University.