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The Largest Gathering of PVC Pipe and Fitting Manufacturers in the World

Each year the Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association members gather for our Annual Meeting – the largest gathering of PVC pipe and fitting manufacturers in the world. 

Presentations cover topics ranging from market assessments for PVC pipe, vinyl resin and related chemicals, to sustainability, technology, legislative affairs and product certification. Participants come from around the world, and their ranks include pipe and fitting manufacturers, resin and additive providers, equipment manufacturers, affiliated associations, and non-profit certification agencies. Speakers include academics, business analysts, engineers, municipal officials, taxpayer advocates, public affairs specialists, etc.

 
2015 ANNUAL MEETING

PVC PIPE IN THE AGE OF REPLACEMENT

43rd Annual Meeting

February 23 - 25, 2015

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

Playa Herradura, Costa Rica
 


 
PVC Pipe in the Age of Replacement


PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors more than $2 trillion will be spent on water and sewer infrastructure over the next two decades. The age of pipe replacement is upon us. Let’s use PVC pipe, a product that studies confirm lasts well over 100 years and is both cost-effective and sustainable. Cost and performance are some of the main reasons why municipalities are drawn to PVC. Even when including installation expenses, PVC pipe is typically a less expensive and more durable replacement option than other materials.

Independent environmental assessments show that PVC piping has a much lower environmental footprint than old-technology iron pipe and newer polyethylene (HDPE) pipe. HDPE’s smaller internal diameter results in higher pumping costs than PVC pipe, generating unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions. Pumping costs for ductile iron (DI) pipe are also higher than PVC’s since its flow characteristics decline over time owing to the degradation of its cement lining and because of its propensity to break and leak.

A TIPPING POINT

North American water utilities have reached a tipping point. Old-technology cast iron piping is failing nationwide due to corrosion and so is its replacement, DI pipe, whose longevity has plummeted because of its thinner walls. The canary in the mineshaft is the nationwide premature failure of DI pipe for sewer force mains. Similarly, DI pipes for water systems are also failing at an alarming rate. In both cases the reason is its vulnerability to corrosion. And this includes poly-wrapped DI since this is not recognized by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers or the U.S. Bureau of Reclamations as a corrosion-control method. The iron age is coming to a close as we enter the age of replacement.

Other materials are trying to fill the gap. The HDPE pipe industry continues in its attempt to lower the safety factor of its water pipe to gain market share. This risky proposal would allow the material with the lowest tensile-strength and the shortest in-service performance record to be rated using the lowest safety factor; which will only increase the risk of pipe failure and shorten design life. But that’s not all, the product continues to have performance issues at a time when performance is critical. In contaminated soils, HDPE’s vulnerability to permeation poses risks to public health and safety. DI and HDPE pipe are simply not up to the task.

Let’s use a product whose quality and flexibility makes it most advantageous for almost all applications and during earthquakes and other natural disasters, allowing utilities to maintain services when it’s most critical. Old-technology materials like iron, concrete and clay pipe are subject to failure under many conditions. HDPE, for its part, simply doesn’t have the performance record offered by PVC pipe. 

Join us for thought-provoking discussions on the central role that will be played by PVC in underground infrastructure over the coming decades and why PVC pipe will be the product of choice in the age of replacement.

See you at the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort in Costa Rica!

   

 

 
SCHEDULE SUMMARY

Sunday, February 22

6:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m. Pre-Meeting Reception - Las Sandias Terrace  
     

Monday, February 23

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – La Vista Restaurant      
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon Joint Member Meeting/Presentations – Herradura Section AB    
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Spousal Orientation - TBD    
Free Afternoon      
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Welcome & Networking Reception – Las Sandias Terrace    
       

Tuesday, February 24

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – La Vista Restaurant    
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon Chairs Remarks/Presentations – Herradura Section AB    
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m Uni-Bell Golf Tournament – La Iguana Golf Course    
Free Evening      
       

Wednesday, February 25

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast – La Vista Restaurant    
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Association Reports/Presentations – Playa Escondida    
12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Board of Directors' Meeting/Luncheon – Playa Hermosa A    
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Grand Finale Dinner – Herradura Section AB    

 

 

Note: Registration package includes breakfast daily.  Attire is business casual/slacks unless specified otherwise. Badges must be worn at all social events and presentations.

 
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Keynote Speaker: Patrick Moore

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.


SPEAKER TOPICS

Among the topics our speakers will address are the following:

  • Demographic, economic and environmental trends affecting North America’s underground infrastructure;
  • The role of PVC pipe in trenchless applications and sustainable urban development;
  • How the media can promote transparency and accountability in local procurement;
  • The latest on PVC resin and pipe markets in North America and Europe;
  • A look back at the history of NSF Standard 14;
  • Causes and effects of hydraulic transients;
  • Dispelling myths and misinformation that distort current environmental debates;
  • A discussion of the American City County Exchange, a national network of municipal lawmakers seeking to advance efficiency, limited government and free market principles;
  • Pipeline performance during seismic events;
  • Applications for small and large diameter PVC pipe in western rural water projects;
  • Why getting involved in the political process is key to lowering the cost of government for businesses and opening up new markets for PVC pipe, and much more…

 

 
PRESENTATIONS

Day 1 - February 23

The Water Infrastructure Priority: New Trends and Innovations

Robert Puentes, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and Director, Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative

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

*KEYNOTE SPEAKER* 

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.

 
2015 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
 
We invite you to become a sponsor of the PVC Pipe Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting!
 
Sponsorship enables us to fulfill our commitment to promoting the PVC pipe industry and enhances the professional development of our membership through educational and networking opportunities. 
 
There are also many opportunities for your organization to maximize visibility in front of an audience who could benefit from your participation at the Annual Meeting. 
 
Please click here to view the list of opportunities that are designed to increase brand recognition by engaging and networking with our attendees - the largest gathering of PVC pipe and fittings manufacturers and suppliers in the world. 
 
Based on your sponsorship selections, you will qualify to earn benefits at different levels with quantifiable incentives and added onsite visibility. 
 
We extend our sincere appreciation for your interest and support of the PVC Pipe Association. You can fax or email your interest level back to Amanda Cassidy @ 972-243-3907 or acassidy@uni-bell.org.
 
 
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