A discussion of the disruptive demographic, economic, and environmental trends affecting our nation's infrastructure today with specific emphasis on water challenges facing cities and metropolitan areas. The path forward must include innovations in procurement, finance, and governance.
The Role of PVC Pipe in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Development
Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Ph.D., Professor & Construction Engineering Program Chair, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University
As a result of rising population growth in urban centers and deterioration due to naturally aging infrastructure, PVC pipe has made a significant impact on the development of urban underground utilities, particularly in the water and wastewater sectors. This presentation discusses the role of PVC pipe in trenchless technology applications and the product’s importance in sustainable urban infrastructure development.
PVC: Key Drivers and Trends, Feedstock’s Outlook and Worldwide Economic Factors
Stein Raae, Global Business Director, Chlor-Alkali/Vinyls (CAV), IHS Chemical
A look at capacity and demand in the global thermoplastics marketplace.
Western U.S. Water Projects with PVC Pipe
William W. Wiegand Jr., PE, Hydraulic Engineer, Morrison-Maierle, Inc.
A look at the applications of small and large diameter PVC pipe in western rural water projects through case studies. Topics will include the advantages and disadvantages of PVC pipe and other pipe materials in adhering to project specific design requirements. Also a discussion of the issues involved in rural water designs including hydraulic and transient performance, installation and bedding methods, corrosive environments, and cost analyses.
Hydrostatic Stress Board and the PVC Pipe Industry
Sarah Patterson, Technical Director, Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) and Chairman, Hydrostatic Stress Board (HSB)
An historical overview of the HSB and review of ongoing activities supporting the vinyl pipe and fittings industry, including current and future R&D projects, and how new materials and ingredients used in vinyl manufacturing are driving changes in PPI TR-3 policies and PPI TR-4 listing classifications. Also, find out how the International Standards Organization (ISO) affects vinyl production in North America and what the HSB is doing to support companies in this area.
Day 2 - February 24
Science-Based Environmentalism and PVC’s Role in a More Sustainable Future
Dr. Patrick Moore, Author, Speaker, Founding Member and Former President of Greenpeace
Dr. Moore reveals the myths and misinformation that distort current environmental debates and calls for issues to be discussed on the basis of accurate scientific data, a search for consensus and the creation of sustainable solutions. From energy independence to climate change, genetic engineering to aquacultures, Moore sheds new light on some of the most controversial subjects in the news today.In his book,Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist, Moore provides a vision for a more sustainable world and argues for us to rethink our conventional wisdom about the environment. Hear his thought-provoking ideas and insights and how greater use of PVC pipe offers a real opportunity to create more sustainable and cost-effective water and sewer systems.
Getting Out The Message on Open Competition for Water and Sewer Piping
Jason Stverak, President and Chairman, Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity
The Franklin Center’s in-house investigative journalists, whose watchwords are transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility, provide articles and other news content to underfunded local and regional newspapers nationwide. Elected officials responsible for America’s 87,000 state and local governments and related agencies spend more than $3 trillion annually and must be held accountable for the taxpayer dollars they manage. Find out how the Franklin Center is using journalism to expose waste, fraud and abuse in government bidding processes across the nation.
Update from the European Plastic Pipe Market André Nijland, Area Manager Technology Licensing, Far East and North America, Wavin Overseas B.V.
Status and outlook on PVC pipe in Europe, an update from the European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association (TEPPFA) and new developments in PVC.
NSF Standard 14: 50 Years of Service to the PVC Pipe Industry for Quality Conformance
Nasrin Kashefi, Business Manager of NSF Plastics Program, NSF International
A look back at the history of NSF Standard 14, how PVC pipe was first evaluated, and how the standard works today.
The Vinyl Industry in 2015
Dick Doyle, President and CEO, The Vinyl Institute
The latest developments and issues facing the North American PVC/vinyl market. Learn about the tremendous opportunities for vinyl product solutions and the collaborative efforts between Uni-Bell, The Vinyl Institute and others in the vinyl chain to broaden markets for PVC pipe and other essential vinyl materials.
Day 3 - February 25
How Free Markets at the Local Level are Key to America’s Future
Councilman Jon Russell, Director, American City County Exchange (ACCE)
A discussion of ACCE’s activities at the local level and why there is a growing trend towards reform of municipal procurement practices. PVC pipe can play a key role in advancing free market principles because piping represents 60 percent of the total cost of infrastructure projects, so it is here where open procurement policies and practices should be focused.
Government is the Cost of Doing Business
Tom DeLay, former House Majority Leader in the U.S. Congress, Conservative Strategist, Author and Political Commentator
PVC pipe’s exceptional durability and cost-effectiveness are game-changers as America renews its corroding infrastructure. Vested interests like old-technology iron piping, however, are fighting to maintain outdated and unfair procurement practices advantageous to their industry, at a tremendous cost to taxpayers. At the same time, federal, state and local government regulations and taxes represent 50 to 60 percent of the cost of doing business. To lower the cost of government and open up more markets for their products, PVC pipe producers must get more involved in the political process and develop closer relationships with lawmakers.
Case Study: Evaluating Water Hammer in the San Jacinto River Authority’s New 57-Mile Transmission System
David Munn, Project Director, South Region, AECOM Water
A look at the causes and effects of hydraulic transients, otherwise known as water hammers, and the protective measures available to engineers and water utilities. The discussion will focus on computer modeling evaluation performed on the San Jacinto River Authority’s new potable water transmission system, which includes 57 miles of pipe ranging in size from 60-inch to 8-inch and consisting of a variety of materials, a large percentage being PVC.
Pipeline Performance During Seismic Events in New Zealand
Frank W. O’Callaghan, National Technical Manager , IPLEX Pipelines NZ Ltd., New Zealand
Pipe system design, materials, installation methods, repair methodologies and practical implications of operation are all directly affected by seismic activity. This presentation includes first-hand observations and experiences, specific to pipeline systems in New Zealand seismic events, covering a 27-year period, from 1987 to 2014. Conclusions and recommendations from lessons learned during these events are discussed, including an evaluation of PVC pipe performance.