Structural Design of Corrugated Metal Pipe, Arch, Box, and Long-Span Structures

Date: September 12, 2017 12:00pm
Location: SGH Webinar

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

12:00 - 1:00PM (EDT)

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance.
Attendance is free and open to all; please share this invitation with colleagues. 



Project teams use corrugated metal pipe (CMP) and corrugated structural plate in a variety of buried structure applications, including culverts, storm drain systems, grade separations, wildlife crossings, and buried bridges. Corrugated pipe and plate are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from 6 in. diameter round pipe to multi-plate arches spanning over 80 ft. Design methods to capture their soil-structure interaction and failure limit states vary by structure type and size. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) specifies that all new bridge and culvert designs must be in accordance with the AASHTO Load Resistance Factor Bridge Design Specifications (AASHTO LRFD). These design procedures for buried corrugated metal structures differ for pipe and arch structures, box structures, and long-span structures, with finite element analysis required for deep corrugated structural plate structures. 

In this webinar, presenters will explain the AASHTO design procedure for different buried corrugated metal structures. Presenters will illustrate several design examples and will discuss practical finite element analysis approaches.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Complete CMP and corrugated structural plate designs by the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications.
  • Specify standard CMP installations.
  • Identify the limitations of AASHTO design and identify the need for advanced analysis.
  • Understand the basic approach when finite element analysis is required.


Speakers and moderator are members of SGH’s Structural Mechanics and Infrastructure group.

  Matthew C. Richie, P.E. | Senior Staff II – Structures
Matthew Richie is a structural engineer specializing in the design, analysis, condition assessment, failure investigation, and repair of buried structures. He developed the updated culvert and storm drain system inspection manual funded by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). He is an active member of American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Committee 1, Subcommittee 4 - Culverts.
  Robert W. Keene, P.E. | Staff II – Structures
Robert Keene is a structural engineer specializing in standard, soil-structure, and finite element analysis of conventional, buried, and transportation structures. He has experience in the analysis and design of buried arch chambers, pipelines, tunnels, culverts, and bridges of all material types. He is an active member of Transportation Research Board (TRB) and ASTM International committees and sub-committees on buried structures.
  Jesse L. Beaver, P.E., P.Eng. | Principal
Jesse Beaver is a soil-structure interaction engineering consultant specializing in the performance of buried structures, structural materials, buried pipe installation, and failure investigation. His experience includes using the finite element method to analyze buried pipes, tanks, and chambers; designing buried bridges and pipelines; investigating buried structure distress and construction issues; addressing construction contracting issues; and materials and field testing. Prior to joining SGH, Jesse served as Assistant State Construction Engineer with the Washington State Department of Transportation, overseeing highway structures construction for contracts totaling more than $1 billion annually. Jesse is chairman of Transportation Research Board Committee AFF70 on Culverts and Hydraulic Structures, chairman of ASTM International subcommittee F17.65 on Land Drainage for Plastic Pipe Systems, voting member of ACI 345 on Concrete Bridge Construction, voting member of American water Works Association (AWWA) polyolefin pressure pipe committee, and instructor for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Seminar on Design and Installation of Buried Pipes.