AE-02 Installation of water pipes, drains and sewers using the open cut method - v02

This course includes tutorial services and a final examination.

The installation of water pipes, in particular, drains and sewers is worldwide in large part performed using the open cut method. This at first glance "simple" construction method is actually highly complex when used in urban areas and at large depths. The numerous boundary conditions, shoring-, and installation systems require extensive technical knowledge in order to ensure a high quality workmanship.

The course consists of 5 modules on the following topics:

1. Geotechnical and hydrogeological Principles
2. Utility Trench Construction
3. Embedment of Piping
4. Installation of Pipes
5. Occupational Health and Safety around Excavations

After successful completion of this course, you will be able to: • Identify and apply the main rules and regulations; • Differentiate between soil types, to identify the effects of particle shape and particle size distribution on the soil properties, to assess the ground state with respect to its bulk density and soil consistency; • Identify the different manifestations of water in the subsurface, understand the effect of free moving underground water as a form of water permeability of the soil, and determine the water permeability of soil; • Determine the requirements for planning, tendering and construction of the utility trench along with the required shoring components and materials; • Identify various ways of constructing unlined trenches safely and within regulation; • Identify the various shoring/lining systems along with their limits; • Describe the open cut method of pipe installation; • Identify and assess construction errors; • Implement occupational health and safety measures for the open cut method.

This module is offered by the Trenchless Technology Center, TTC (Louisiana) and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stein & Partner ( in cooperation with

The Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) was initiated as the Trenchless Excavation Center in 1989 and formally established as the Trenchless Technology Center in November 1991. It was created to promote research, development and technology transfer in the trenchless technology industry. The Center has been active in fulfilling its objectives. In addition to its research activities, a strong effort has been focused towards the education of engineers, contractors, government agencies and others about the availability and capability of trenchless methods for the solution of difficult underground infrastructure problems. The Center has also worked with various organizations in evaluating and developing new technologies for the industry.

On a global scale the group of companies Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stein & Partner GmbH (subsequently called S&P) is the leading knowledge provider in the fields of pipeline installation, rehabilitation and maintenance as well as one of the leading engineering services providers for asset management of drain and sewer systems and water supply systems. visaplan GmbH is a subsidiary of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stein & Partner and a service provider for e-learning and knowledge transfer in the construction sector and thus responsible for the UNITRACC platform.

By combining experts from the fields of engineering, computer science and media development, we are able to offer all of the building blocks necessary for e-learning and knowledge management in the construction industry.

Contact for more information and booking details of this module:

Mr. Saleh Behbahani

Trenchless Technology Center
599 Dan Reneau Dr.,
Engineering Annex,
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA 71270

Cell Phone #: 318-497-3480


Ms Katrin Droste

visaplan GmbH
Konrad-Zuse-Str. 6
44801 Bochum, Germany

Phone: +49 234 5167-215



Beginner to Advance


40 hours within 4 weeks


800.00 USD exclusive of VAT


Participation: Participation Certificate / Examination: Certificate of Achievment