Over the past decade buried pipeline installation using trenchless construction methods have evolved to become economic alternative to mainstream construction method for the construction of storm, sewer and water distribution networks and the installation of pipes

Course Outline

As one of the core courses in the epCIP program, the Pipe Materials and Engineering Properties course will provide the student with an in-depth overview of the wide variety of materials currently used in underground infrastructure applications. The course gives the civil infrastructure professional a comprehensive foundation of knowledge and skills relating to:
  • Material properties – stress and strain, creep, thermal properties, failure modes, design considerations
  • Pipe materials – metals (steel, cast and ductile iron), concrete, thermoplastics, composites, clay, brick, asbestos cement and new advanced materials
  • Test methods – tensile, flexural modulus, compressive strength, chemical resistance, specifications for conformance
  • Performance characterization – corrosion, deterioration, standards
  • Seismic effects on pipe materials

Key benefits to the student:

Completion of the Pipe Materials and Engineering Properties course will allow the student to:

  • Develop a comprehensive approach to material selection and specification
  • Understand the implications of material selection on the life cycle of the project
  • Recognize the influences on pipe behaviour once installed

The student’s employer benefits from:

  • Effective use of current material selection criteria for pipe construction and rehabilitation

Who should apply

The epCIP Pipe Materials and Engineering Properties course is designed for urban infrastructure engineers, technologists, technicians and others who have a background or working experience with pipe products and need to increase their knowledge of pipe materials, selection, and specification criteria. The course is education, not training, and the course material is offered at a University level.


Note: The course can be applied towards University of Waterloo Buried Infrastructure Specialist Program.