Research Group for the Management And Prediction of Pipe bursts (MAPPS)

Contact MAPPS

Dr Jayantha Kodikara

Monash University
Department of Civil Engineering
Building 60, Clayton Campus

Phone: +61 3 9905 4963
Fax: +61 3 9905 4944

Incorporating the ARC-Linkage Project for Predicting and Controlling Pipe Bursts

Water and gas supply to urban communities is an essential service in modern society.

Extensive buried pipe networks are used to convey water and gas services. As these pipes age, unexpected pipe bursts have become commonplace, exerting a severe burden on society. Considering the current scarcity of water and ga resources, the wastage of these precious commodities must  be  minimised  at  all  costs.  Pipe burst occurs due to a complex interaction of a range of factors including pipe and soil type and the climate. As the pressures of climate change mounts, this issue is becoming ever more important.

The mission of MAPPS is to provide scientific understanding of the pipe burst problem, for developing improved methods for proactive pipe network management,rehabilitation and renewal.


The mission of MAPPS is to provide scientific understanding of the pipe burst   problem, for developing improved methods for proactive pipe network management, rehabilitation and renewal.

Currently the primary focus of MAPPS is on   the Australian  Research Council Linkage (ARC-L) project for the prediction and    control of pipe bursts in buried water and gas pipeline reticulation    systems.

ARC Linkage Project Summary

Australian buried water and gas pipe networks extend over hundreds thousand kilometres. As these pipe systems age, pipe failures have also increased, leading to wastage of valuable commodities and increasing social and economic costs to the community. Effective pipe asset management tools are urgently  needed  to  maintain reliable and safe supply of these essential services. There is clear evidence that pipe failures are significantly related to soil behaviour influenced by seasonal climactic conditions. The current asset management models do not adequately consider these issues. This project will develop  methodologies  for  predicting ans controlling the failure of buried water and gas pipes for effective pipe asset management.


ARC-Linkage Project 2009 Annual Meeting  Attendees

ARC Linkage Project for Predicting and Controlling  Pipe Failures

Prediction of pipeline assets failures as a   result of  ground movement due to climactic condition variation. This project incorporates the three postgraduate projects below.

Postgraduate Projects

  1. Measurement of pipe-ground interaction behaviour using  instrumented field tests and geophysical methods.
  2. Computer modelling and laboratory testing of pipe-ground  interaction with climate simulation.
  3. Development of methodologies for incorporating pipe burst  prediction into proactive asset management models.

Undergraduate Projects

  1. Failure mechanism analysis of failed pipe samples.  Incorporating soil property and fracture surface analysis. (completed  - 2007)
  2. Determination of critical pipe burst location factors. (completed  -   2007)
  3. Assessing the fatigue and impact resistance of corroded cast  iron pipes buried in ground.(completed - 2008)
  4. Assessing the effect of water chemistry change on the integrity  of water pipelines.(completed - 2008)
  5. Selection of suitable climate parameter for water and gas pipe  failure prediction.(completed - 2009)
  6. Thermographic assessment of water pipes to identify  failures/leaks.
  7. Further selection of suitable climate parameter for water and  gas pipe failure prediction.

ARC-Linkage Project Partners