Links from Pipeline Installation 2.0 Book


Civil Engineering/ Construction Glossary
About Orangeburg Pipe
About Wood Pipe
History of Sewers
Metal Gage Comparison Chart
Underdrain Design


Public Works Magazine: Asbestos-Cement Pipe
Western Canada Magazine: Clay Pipe
History of Cast-in-place Concrete Pipe
Cast-in-Place Non-reinforced Concrete Pipe—Midthun Report
US Bureau of Reclamation: M-25


YouTube Videos By Ivan Gratchev on the AASHTO Soil Classification System

Minnesota DOT: Soil Classification Systems Explained
Natural Resources Conservation Service: USDA Soil Taxonomy System

CHAPTER 4 Soil Compaction PowerPoint Presentation
NRCS: Soil Quality Indicators– Bulk Density
US Bureau of Reclamation: Earth Manual Part 2
Construction Innovation Forum: Intelligent Compaction Video
Intelligent Compaction Video: CIF 2014 NOVA Award Winner Intelligent Compaction Primer

Chapter 5

Specialty Sales, LLC: Caterpillar Compaction Manual
Missouri University of Science and Technology: Power Point on Compaction
National Clay Pipe Institute: Saturation and Vibration Video


Illinois Department of Transportation: Concrete Pipe Acceptance
Missouri Department of Transportation: Pipe Inspection Guide
Washington State DOSH: Forklift Safety Resources
OSHA: Sample Daily Forklift Inspection Checklists
Florida Department of Transportation: Repair Guidelines
US Bureau of Reclamation: Concrete Repair Guide


Mid America Regional Council: Potholing

Excavation Systems Planning, Design, and Safety by Joe M. Turner

Excavation Systems Planning, Design, and Safety Book by Joe M. Turner (2008)

NIOSH CDC Trench Awareness Safety: Engineering Alternatives to Trenching
Center for Construction Research and Training: Trenching Safety Resources
Tulane University: Slope Stability, Triggering Events, Mass Movement Hazards


Missouri University of Science and Technology: Notes on Standard Penetration Test
Southern Illinois University: Photos of Standard Penetration Test Procedure
National Lime Asociation: Lime-Treated Soil Construction Manual


National Clay Pipe Institute: Vitrified Clay Pipe Engineering Manual
American Concrete Pipe Association: Design Data 9


Elk Grove, CA: Trench Fees
University of Kentucky: Planning and Technical Specifications Manual for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans
American Petroleum Institute: Crossing Petroleum Pipelines
Expanded Polystyrene Industry Alliance: Geofoam Applications and Technical Data

Slide Show of EPS Applications and Technical Data


National Clay Pipe Institute: Vitrified Clay Pipe Engineering Manual
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association: Guide Specification for Controlled Low Strength Materials
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association: Guide to Improving Specifications for Ready Mixed Concrete
Concrete-Specifications.pdf Resources


Gordon Keller & James Sherar Book “Low Volume Roads Engineering,” USDA Forest Service: Culvert Use, Installation, and Sizing
Corps of Engineers “General Design and Construction Considerations for Earth and Rock-fill Dams,” Chapter 8 “Appurtenant Structures”
FEMA Manual P675 Plastic Pipe Used in Embankment Dams: Best Practices
FEMA 484 Conduits through Embankment Dams
Great West Engineering: Technical Manual: Corrugated Metal Pipe in Embankments _manual.pdf
Chris Veesaert, US Bureau of Reclamation: Inspection of Spillways, Outlet Works, and Mechanical Equipment inspofspillwaysoutletsmechequip_281120_7.pdf


EPA Report on Rehabilitation of Sewers and Water Mains (2011)
Environmental Protection Agency, 2013: Evaluation of Opportunities to Improve Structural Inspection Capabilities for Water Mains: Large Diameter Cast Iron Pipe
OSHA Confined Space Regulations (29 CFR) p_table=standards&p_id=9797
Simplified OSHA Confined Space (Permit-Required Confined Spaces)
OSHA Confined Space Advisor
American Concrete Pipe Association: Post Installation Evaluation and Repair of Installed Reinforced Concrete Pipe
Federal Highway Administration: Culvert Inspection Manual
Ballinger and Drake 1995: Culvert Repair Practices Manual
Indiana Department of Transportation: Inspection Manual for Precast Concrete Pipe and Structures
American Concrete Pipe Association: Cracks in Installed Reinforced Concrete Pipe
National Clay Pipe Institute: Know Your Limitations
Delaware DOT: CCTV Manual for Storm Sewer Assessment and Acceptance
Smoke Testing
Ramona CA Smoke Test Bulletin
Laser Profile

Book Reviews

The Authoritative Reference Handbook

As a professional in the field of buried pipes, I use “Pipeline Installation 2.0” frequently as the authoritative reference handbook to solve client issues, and to support my designs for pipe burial installation. Mr. Howard’s contribution converts theory to practice. I have given this Handbook as gifts to many of my close engineering associates and some clients, who will use it as guidance for the remainder of their careers.

Harvey Svetlik

The Best I Have Found

This is a wonderful book. I am a pipeline engineer working with installation instructions frequently. It has great information with fun illustrations. Chapters 4 and 5 on soil density and compaction are the best I have found in any book. Chapter 15 on flowable fill is great current information that is very important as many pipelines are using flowable fill for haunch support. Easily a 5 star book!

Dustin Langston

Necessary for You and Your Library

Amster Howard’s Pipeline Installation 2.0 culminates more than 50 years of research, seminars, writings and field applications in an easy to read, learn and apply book. Each chapter contains a 3-second summary and a full summary; also, many chapters include an inspection checklist.

The book contains valuable design, construction and inspection information on rigid and flexible pipes, soil classification and compaction, trench excavation, bedding, embedment, backfill, flowable fill, and many other important topics. The book emphasizes the importance for construction methods to be consistent with the design methods.

If you are a pipeline designer, contractor, inspector or a student, this book is necessary for you and for your library.

Camille George Rubeiz, PE, Director of Engineering

A Must-Read for Anyone Involved in the Installation of Buried Pipelines

Understanding the pipe soil interface is critical to ensure success in buried pipeline installations. Amster takes a subject often viewed as complex or challenging by many and puts it into very easy to understand layman terms. Concepts are described or illustrated in a very logical step by step manner making the theory of pipe burial along with soil classification easy to understand. A must read for anyone involved in the installation of buried pipelines.

Mike Whitehouse