The objectives of this pipeline safety research Competitive Academic Agreement Program (CAAP) will be well addressed and supported by our research. Development, demonstration and standardization to ensure the integrity of pipeline facilities will be carried out with this multi-university and collaborative effort. Another major objective of this proposed research that is coherent and relevant to the PHMSA’s CAAP program is to engage MS and PhD students who may later seek careers in this field by exposing them to subject matter common to pipeline safety challenges. There are currently six CAAP students fully or partially supported by this excellent program since 2013. If funded, two more PhD students from both universities and several MS students will be trained through this CAAP program and apply their engineering disciplines to pipeline safety and integrity research.