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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 14
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping and A.I. Khan
Paper VI.4

A Pipeline Planning System

P.Y. Huang, J.E. Diekmann and S. Fenis

Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, Engineering Center, Boulder, United States of America

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P.Y. Huang, J.E. Diekmann, S. Fenis, "A Pipeline Planning System", in B.H.V. Topping, A.I. Khan, (Editors), "Information Technology for Civil & Structural Engineers", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 95-100, 1993. doi:10.4203/ccp.14.6.4
This paper describes a research and development effort on a Pipeline Planning System (PPS). Research was first conducted to identify the aspects of pipeline planning and pipeline network design that could benefit from a computer assisted approach. The barriers described in this study are: hydraulic analysis programs that are difficult-to-use, inadequate media for geographic/spatial information, and insufficient supporting tools for design refinements. Building upon these findings, a cohesive computer environment was designed and developed to integrate hydraulic analysis and geographic information processing with a graphic user interface (GUI) in order to improve the effectiveness of pipeline design functions. A system prototype was implemented and is currently being used by the project sponsors in their real-world pipeline network planning and design for municipal and industrial water conveyance.

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