Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Peter T. Bobrowsky, Brian Marker


  • Richard GuthrieEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73568-9_222


Conduit; Pipeline network; Tube


A long system of pipes, typically metal but which can be made of plastics or composite fibers, used to convey natural gas, oil, water, and related liquids across long distances in isolation from the environment, either above or below ground (but the latter is most common), and in which flow is controlled by a series of valves, pumps, and control devices along the network.


The global pipeline network is vast, covering millions of kilometers of geology and terrain while transporting essential liquid goods within and between nations and to users around the world. In doing so, pipelines are exposed to more geological conditions than almost any other infrastructure resource, except perhaps roads and railways. In urban environments, pipes and pipelines distribute everything from water and sewage to gas. Pipe segments convey water beneath roadways as culverts and perform a critical part of the storm water drainage systems of a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geohazards and GeomorphologyStantecCalgaryCanada