Trans Alaska Pipeline

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., (M.ASCE), Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 6, Pg. 59-69

Document Type: Feature article


This is one of the most extraordinary projects contending for the OCEA awards. Examples: the 360 mile haul road built in one summer; the 29 construction camps, self-contained cities to house 21,000 workers; the above ground supports for about half of the 800 mile length of the pipeline; the control of pollutants at the terminal at Valdez (a world pioneer in storage tank vapor recovery, and outstanding in ship-ballast water treatment); and the huge floating berth for tankers at the Valdez terminal. This article describes these and others of the most interesting and important aspects of planning, design and construction of this largest ($7 billion) private construction project of all time. The project was named the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement of 1978 by ASCE.

Subject Headings: Transportation engineering | Pipelines | Labor | Water storage | Storage tanks | Water treatment | Awards and prizes | Highways and roads | Alaska | United States

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