Construction Loading on Buried Infrastructure

Construction Loading on Buried Infrastructure

Construction projects are everywhere. Many times, especially for larger projects, the proposed construction occurs near (or on top of) existing buried infrastructure, such as water or sewer mains, storm drain piping, or utility vaults. In this webinar, we will present examples of the loads imposed on existing buried infrastructure by new construction and construction activities, discuss various methods for determining how surface loads are transmitted through the soil and into buried structures, and share potential approaches to reduce the effect of such loads on the structures. The webinar will conclude with examples showing how to calculate loads for specific situations.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize situations where buried infrastructure can be subjected to additional loading due to new construction.
  • Discuss how construction-related activities can impact nearby buried infrastructure.
  • Understand ways to assess how such loads reach buried infrastructure.
  • Identify options to mitigate the effects of such loads.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register.

About the Speaker

Daniel Valentine
Daniel Valentine | Senior Project Manger

Dan Valentine specializes in soil-structure-interaction analysis of buried structures, with an emphasis on large-diameter pipelines, as well as analysis of other complex structural behavior. He has been involved in many structural investigations and has performed the analysis and design of numerous complex structures, including nuclear facilities, large-diameter pipelines, water and fuel storage tanks, and precision structures. He currently specializes in finite-element modeling of complex structural behavior and performing linear- and nonlinear-structural analysis. In addition to his technical work, he is also the head of SGH’s Nuclear Quality Assurance Program.

Steven DelloRusso
Steven DelloRusso | Senior Technical Manager

Steven DelloRusso specializes in investigations of structural and mechanical systems of buried and above-ground structures. His extensive testing experience includes destructive and nondestructive testing for material properties, in situ load testing of structural components, and vibration testing and monitoring. Consistent with his experience in the design and investigation of buried concrete structures, he is the vice-chairman of ASTM committee C13 on Concrete Pipe and is active in several subcommittees of C13. Steve is also a member of the International Society of Explosive Engineers (ISEE), including the ISEE Standards Committee and the Blast Vibration and Seismograph Section.