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Call for Submissions

The Pipelines 2020 Conference will provide a forum for industry professionals to share experiences and knowledge between owners, agencies, consultants, industry, supplies, contractors, and governments from around the world. This premier industry gathering has become the place of choice for practitioners to discuss technical paper presentations covering the most current state-of-the-art engineering technologies for pipeline and utilities infrastructure.

The abstract submittal deadline for the 2020 Pipelines Conference has been extended to September 18 (midnight Eastern). This extension is for new abstracts only. Existing abstracts are locked for review. Please do NOT submit a duplicate abstract with updated information.

Submit abstracts

Read all instructions on submittal site carefully - remember to click on "Save Submittal" and "Submit" when prompted. Submit your abstract as soon as possible, there is no user support after 5pm most days, so if you have technical difficulties on Wednesday night your submittal may not be accepted. 

Reviews of abstracts received on time have started and those abstracts are locked. Authors will be notified of the review committee's decision on Please contact Susan Reid at [email protected] if you have issues with your abstracts.

Information for Authors


Presentations at the 2020 Pipelines Conference will be decided from accepted abstracts. The abstract should present a concise statement of the scope, principal findings, and conclusions of your presentation. The abstract is your opportunity to persuade the reviewers to accept your presentation. Accepted conference abstracts may also appear on the conference website and app.

  • Abstracts should be 400 words or less.

Papers, Author Registration, and Presentations

  • Draft and final papers must be a maximum of 8-10 pages in length including figures, graphs, charts, and photographs.
  • All presenting speakers are required to register for the Conference by and submit a PowerPoint presentation based on their technical paper prior to the Conference.
  • All accepted panel authors must submit a detailed outline of their session, and list of panelists (with bios) by December 6.
  • Please reference the Paper Formatting Instructions (PDF) when submitting your draft (and final) papers.
  • For your reference please also see the Copyright Transfer Information and Permissions Information.


Conference sessions and discussions will be based on the following thematic broad areas of interest, and may present historical evolution of practice, current practice, technical innovations, case histories of successful projects, lessons learned from failure investigations, and academic research:


  • Developments in planning and Design Guidelines
  • Pipeline materials selection
  • Pipeline hydraulics analysis
  • Analytical/Modeling techniques
  • Geotechnical and geologic evaluations
  • Environmentally sensitive areas
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Alternatives comparison and selection
  • Funding and methods of financing pipeline projects
  • Asset management


  • Pipeline material considerations
  • Handling entrapped air/gas in water/wastewater
  • Oil and gas systems
  • Corrosion protection
  • Trends and developments in design
  • Hydraulic control & transient mitigation
  • Pipelines in seismically hazardous areas
  • Pipeline codes and standards updates
  • Innovative design methods

Condition Assessment

  • Forensic evaluation of pipeline failures
  • Technologies for transmission / distribution pipelines
  • New product and technological advances
  • Leak detection and monitoring
  • Comprehensive assessment case histories
  • Hydraulic / Structural condition assessment
  • Inspection methods


  • Emerging technologies
  • New installation methods
  • Rehabilitation methods
  • Evaluation of different methods
  • Project case studies


  • Advances in pipeline installation
  • Experiences with various pipeline materials
  • Alternative project delivery and contracting approaches
  • Construction management
  • Construction cost analysis and comparisons

Operation & Maintenance

  • Corrosion control
  • Valves and appurtenances
  • Emergency repairs / Disaster management
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Leak detection
  • Material specific O&M practices

Engineering Surveying & Geomatics

  • Subsurface utility engineering
  • Utility location methods
  • Use of GIS
  • Innovative technologies
  • Use of unmanned aircraft systems
  • Mobile mapping

Sustainable Design & Regulatory Issues

  • Sustainability rating systems
  • Pipe material selection
  • Pipe bedding and backfill selection
  • Environmental permitting for pipelines
  • Crossing environmentally sensitive zones
  • Oil & Gas industry regulatory issues
  • Life cycle cost assessment

Please contact Susan Reid with any questions regarding the submission process and guidelines.

Upcoming Key Dates for Submissions

  • Abstract Due: September 10, 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance: October 14, 2019
  • Draft Papers Due: December 6, 2019
  • Speaker Conference Registration Deadline: March 13, 2020
  • Final Papers Due: March 13, 2020
  • Final Presentations Due: July 20, 2020
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