Some clients who choose AutoPIPE for their projects

Main Features

  • Fast and easy route import and modeling.
  • 3 soil models analyzed at the same time.
  • Soil models recognized and recommended by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
  • Soil models includes weight, settlement and surface live loads.
  • Several seismic above and underground analysis, including the Wave Propagation along Pipeline.
  • Geological fault crossing analysis.
  • The Pipelines can be steel or plastic HDPE using ASME N755 Code Case.
  • Ring buckling according to Adams et. al., AWWA C150 or ASCE 2001.
  • Upheaval Buckling calculated according to K. Peters.
  • Water Table effect and soil liquefaction analysis.
Temperature, pressure, wind, earthquake and more

Recognized by ASCE

AutoPIPE is recognized by American Society of Civil Engineers with Automatic Soil Calculator to latest ASCE Rules.

AutoPIPE is the only software listed in the reference and Bibliography of the Guidelines for the Design of Buried Steel Pipe.

Modeling / Geometry Import

With AutoPIPE you don't need to build the pipeline geometry node by node. You can reuse your data and build the geometry in minutes instead of many days.

From Excel to AutoPIPE in few minutes
AutoPIPE Soil Calculator

Automatic Soil Calculator

  • American Lifeline Alliance (ASCE 2001) / Pipeline Research Council Int. (2009) AutoPIPE / User Methods.
  • Range of Soil Conditions (High, Low, Average).
  • 5 Standard Soil Types.
  • Horizontal or Vertical Pipes.

Pipeline Fault Line Crossing

Calculate any type of fault crossover by applying the displacement to the ground and not to the pipe. The displacement and stresses in the pipe will be the result of the soil-pipe iteration.

Pipeline Fault Line Crossing

Fault Type

The most common types of faults are the Normal Fault, Reverse Fault and Slip Fault.

The most common types of faults are the Normal Fault, Reverse Fault and Slip Fault.

Pipeline Fault Line Crossings

Most Common Fault-Line Design Method is Newmark-Hall, with a Safety Factor of 2 Published in American Lifeline Alliance (ALA),(2005).

The best way to cross a fault is to do it with the overhead pipe, not buried. And follow the ALA recommendations to cross the fault.

Oil pipeline rupture due to movement of a fault.

Upheaval Buckling

AutoPIPE has included the upheaval buckling calculation based on the approach of Dr K. Peters.

This feature enables users to perform upheaval buckling analysis on buried pipelines to determine if upheaval is likely to occur and suggest required soil stiffness (cover height).

Few iterations and more accurate soil depths compared to the manual approach. See+

Pipeline Upheaval Bucking in a sand soil

Upheaval Buckling Calculations

AutoPIPE has the Dr. K. Peters methodology included in the program.

According to this method we must compensate the upward component of the axial force with the distributed load of the soil on the pipe, in all the buckling lengths L of the pipe.

Dr. K. Peters Heuristic model

Users can also do manually the verification recommended by the A.L.A.

Upheaval Results

With the Upheaval option activated, the program calculates the required soil depth.

A new column is added to the output report. When the depth is sufficient, the program displays a zero. When we do not meet the required depth, the recommended depth will be indicated in this column and it will be highlighted with asterisks.

Pipeline Upheaval Bucking Results

Soil Liquefaction

AutoPIPE allows you to define the height of the water table and analyze its effect on overhead or buried pipes.

Additionally, the effect of soil liquefaction during an earthquake can be analyzed to calculate the load on anchoring piles in that area, or of counterweights to counteract the push effect of liquid soil.

The image above shows the pipe floating due to the liquefaction of the ground. The second image shows the effect of the counterweights holding the pipe in place.

Dr. K. Peters Heuristic model