HDPE Pipe Seminars Focus on Drinking Water System Solutions

March 2, 2005

For the sixth straight year, manufacturing experts and engineers from across the country will educate participants on aspects of design and installation of HDPE piping systems for water, sewer and industrial applications at the Plastics Pipe Institute’s (PPI) one-day seminars.

PPI is the industry’s source for information on drinking water system solutions.

Hundreds of water system designers, civil engineers, public works specifiers and utility managers have already taken advantage of PPI’s series of one-day seminars on "Designing and Installing High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Piping Systems."

Specific topics at the seminars will include engineering properties and design, joining, system connections and sliplining.

Seminars will be conducted in the following cities:

* April 28, 2005 – Orlando, Fla.;

* June 8, 2005 – Charleston, SC;

* Sept. 18, 2005 – Tampa, Fla.; and

* Nov. 16, 2005 – Vancouver, British Columbia.

The schedule will also feature a seminar in Texas, at a date and location to be determined.

"As design engineers, we were looking for more than just a rule of thumb when it comes to using PE pipe," said Todd Struttmann, P.E., vice president, program manager for Sharp and Associates near Columbus, Ohio, where he attended a recent seminar. "Now we have a greater understanding of the calculations used to maximize output with PE. We also learned a few of the more subtle differences between designing with PE and other materials."

"Every seminar features experts who can speak to how HDPE pipe can be virtually leak free, easy to install and cost-effective," said PPI Director of Engineering Camille Rubeiz.

After attending the Columbus seminar, Jeffery Maze, P.E., P.L.S. of the Pennsylvania-American Water Co. said he wanted to continue exploring ‘other ways of doing things’ in his home city of Pittsburgh.

"We used PE pipe for the first time three years ago," Maze said. "We put in about eight miles of it, and the people involved were and are satisfied with it. We wanted to learn more about the use of PE pipe."

Each participant receives a copy of the PPI Handbook of Polyethylene Pipe, a comprehensive instructional manual covering a wide range of applications and problem solving solutions for users of polyethylene pipe.

Sign up or get additional information on an individual seminar by calling PPI at 202/462-9607, ext. 10. More information is available at www.plasticpipe.org.

Source: PPI