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Open-File Report 2008–1164

Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline Research Council International, and DGH Consulting Inc.

Landslide and Land Subsidence Hazards to Pipelines

By Rex L. Baum, Devin L. Galloway, and Edwin L. Harp

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Abstract

Landslides and land subsidence pose serious hazards to pipelines throughout the world. Many existing pipeline corridors and more and more new pipelines cross terrain that is affected by either landslides, land subsidence, or both. Consequently the pipeline industry recognizes a need for increased awareness of methods for identifying and evaluating landslide and subsidence hazard for pipeline corridors. This report was prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and Pipeline Research Council International through a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with DGH Consulting, Inc., to address the need for up-to-date information about current methods to identify and assess these hazards. Chapters in this report (1) describe methods for evaluating landslide hazard on a regional basis, (2) describe the various types of land subsidence hazard in the United States and available methods for identifying and quantifying subsidence, and (3) summarize current methods for investigating individual landslides. In addition to the descriptions, this report provides information about the relative costs, limitations and reliability of various methods.

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Posted July 2008


Suggested citation:

Baum, R.L., Galloway, D.L., and Harp, E.L., 2008, Landslide and land subsidence hazards to pipelines: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1164, 192 p.



Contents


Chapter 1. Landslide hazards to pipelines—Regional hazard mapping, by E.L. Harp
Chapter 2. Land subsidence hazards, by D.L. Galloway, G.W. Bawden, S.A. Leake, and D.G. Honegger
Chapter 3. Landslide investigation methods, by R.L. Baum and G.F. Wieczorek

 



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