A decision support tool for assessing risks to above-ground river pipeline crossings

Maniatis, G., Williams, R. D. , Hoey, T. B. , Hicks, J. and Carroll, W. (2020) A decision support tool for assessing risks to above-ground river pipeline crossings. Proceedings of the ICE: Water Management, 173(2), pp. 87-100. (doi: 10.1680/jwama.18.00054)

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Infrastructure assets require suitable management and assessment protocols due to age-related deterioration, extreme weather events and climate change impacts. Above-ground river crossings are weak links in pipe networks since bank erosion and scour can undermine the integrity of built structures. A simple protocol was developed to assess river bank stability in the vicinity of river pipeline crossings. The erosion risk index (ERI) follows established bank erosion estimation techniques, adapted for users who are not trained geomorphologists. Calculation of the ERI is based on analysis of photographs acquired during an optimised inspection protocol using a custom app on a ruggedised tablet computer. The ERI was tested across Scotland and proved to be adequate for a first-order geomorphological assessment and to provide a classification of crossings according to susceptibility to river bank erosion. The ERI is transferable, with appropriate testing, to other infrastructure river crossing networks in the UK and beyond. The methodology used to develop and test the ERI is applicable to the development of other protocols to manage and assess infrastructure assets.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hoey, Professor Trevor and Maniatis, Mr Georgios and Williams, Professor Richard
Authors: Maniatis, G., Williams, R. D., Hoey, T. B., Hicks, J., and Carroll, W.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Proceedings of the ICE: Water Management
ISSN (Online):1751-7729
Published Online:30 March 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Author(s)
First Published:Proceedings of the ICE: Water Management 173(2):87-100
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
738912Decision support framework to incorporate river bank stability in pipeline crossing risk assessmentRichard WilliamsNatural Environment Research Council (NERC)NE/P008984/1GES - GES ADMINISTRATION