American Society of Civil Engineers

Utility Asset Management through a Joint-Use Pipeline Network for Cables

by Lawrence M. Slavin, (Outside Plant Consulting Services, Inc., 15 Lenape Avenue, Rockaway, NJ, 07866-1019 E-mail: and Mohammad Najafi, (The University of Texas at Arlington, 438 Nedderman Hall, Arlington, TX 76019-0308 E-mail:
Section: Planning, Design, and Construction (New Construction), pp. 1-9, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Pipelines 2008: Pipeline Asset Management: Maximizing Performance of our Pipeline Infrastructure
Abstract: A Buried Duct/Pipeline Network (BDN) is presently under development representing a joint-use integrated system to facilitate future upgrades of buried communications (telephone, CATV) and power lines. The new type network, being developed through a contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation, provides improved, cost-effective hardware and practices relative to present direct-buried construction procedures, which do not otherwise allow for future upgrades or replacement of initially installed utility cables. The BDN supports and encourages present trends for placing utilities belowground, minimizing future problems with such installations. The shortcomings of conventional direct-buried construction methods can lead to road damage or safety hazards, including risk of gas or power line strikes during reconstruction activities, thereby jeopardizing continuation of the desired trends toward universal belowground facilities. The BDN may be deployed in a variety of applications, ranging from residential communities to thoroughfares and highways. Common applications include road-widening projects, or any other situation in which open-trenching construction is employed. The feasibility of the proposed network was successfully demonstrated during the Phase I effort, which included the participation of three major utilities. This paper provides details of the subsequent 24-month, Phase II study, which was initiated in 2007, and comprises the primary research and development effort.

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