SOURCE: Dr. Jeyapalan & Associates

July 09, 2007 10:30 ET

Expert Warns of Increasing Pipeline Accidents

Top Causes of Serious Pipeline Failures Identified

NEW MILFORD, CT--(Marketwire - July 9, 2007) - You see the signs warning of buried pipelines everywhere you go. Now an internationally renowned pipeline expert is warning that the number of pipeline accidents is on the rise.

There are over 8 million miles of pipeline nationwide and the number of reported pipeline accidents continues to rise. Over 40,000 major sewage spills and over 300,000 major water main breaks were reported last year.

Dr. Jeyapalan identifies the most common causes of serious pipeline failures as follows:

1. Lack of formal classes and training in underground pipeline design, construction and management in universities around the world.

2. Inadequate understanding of the pipe -- soil interaction principles.

3. Wide ranging behavior of pipe materials.

4. Legal claims and counterclaims of pipe manufacturers.

5. Inconsistent design standards, sometimes by the same governing body, for different pipe materials.

6. Political pressure brought on the engineer by pipe interest groups.

7. Appropriate and adequate utility mapping is rarely done during design or construction of a pipeline.

8. Improper designs and site supervision by licensed engineers.

9. Pipelines being used well beyond their intended design life.

10. Improper operation and maintenance.

Dr. Jey K. Jeyapalan, P.E., an expert in the design, construction and management of underground pipeline projects has just published a new book "Advances in Underground Pipeline Design, Construction and Management." The 400-page book provides assessments and lessons learned from over 300 projects worldwide.

Dr. Jeyapalan's key goal in publishing the book is to enhance public safety regarding underground pipelines. The book seeks to provide a simple way to organize the thinking, techniques and data required to help make informed decisions in this critical area.

His review of the field addresses the critical areas in underground pipeline design, construction & management. His book describes the wide ranging and often misunderstood nature of pipe materials, and the lack of consistency in design standards. The book also describes cost-effective approaches that can be considered when there is an acute shortage in funding to either build new pipelines or renovate leaking sewers, waterlines, oil, gas, and process pipelines.

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"Dr. Jey is a world-class civil engineer, writer, speaker, and a tireless teacher with an amazing grasp on common sense approaches to problem-solving. I was amazed by the numerous practical lessons recorded in this book. As a contractor who has worked on underground pipeline projects over 40 years, I am certain this book will become the pipeline practitioner's bible."

Michael C. Welch, CEO of Kansas-based BRB Contractors.

About Dr. Jey K. Jeyapalan, P.E.

Dr. Jey is a well-known lecturer and expert on global water, wastewater, desalination, oil and gas pipeline design, construction and management with over 30 years of experience. Dr. Jeyapalan graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.

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