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Pipelines have been acknowledged as the most reliable, economic and efficient means for the transportation of gas and other commercial fluids such as oil and water. The designation of pipeline system as "lifelines" signifies that their operation is essential in maintaining the public safety and well being. A pipeline transmission system is a linear system which traverses a large geographical area, and soil conditions thus, is susceptible to a wide variety of hazards. This paper is concerneddoi:10.4236/eng.2012.41005 fatcat:x6d5ibslbvgnbcty7vqq4w7vg4