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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.
48th Annual Meeting
March 16-18, 2020
Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Key West, FL
Key West, FL
Sunday, March 15
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Pre-Meeting Kickoff Reception - Grand Ballroom Patio
Monday, March 16
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Breakfast - Keys Ballroom Patio
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Joint Member Meeting/Presentations – Big Pine/Conch/Duck Key Ballrooms
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Spousal Orientation - Keys Ballroom Patio
12:00 PM to 12:30 PM Meeting of the Associate, International & Certification/Testing Member
Committee – Big Pine/Conch/Duck Key Ballrooms
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Welcome & Networking Reception – East Beach
Tuesday, March 17
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Breakfast - Keys Ballroom Patio
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Presentations – Big Pine/Conch/Duck Key Ballrooms
Wednesday, March 18
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Breakfast - Keys Ballroom Patio
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Association Reports/Presentations – Big Pine/Conch/Duck Key Ballrooms
12:30 PM to 4:00 PM Board of Directors' Meeting and Luncheon - Plantation Key
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM Closing/Wrap-Up Reception: Sunset Sail – Hotel Lobby
PRELIMINARY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
A Conversation on the State of U.S. Democracy
United States Congressman (ret.) Pete Sessions
Congressman Pete Sessions represented the people of North Texas for 22 years and worked for many years in the private sector before being elected to public office. Congressman Sessions always understood the need to fight bureaucracy and utilize market-driven solutions to effectively solve problems in communities and government. As Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Rules (2013-2019), which is responsible for establishing the terms and conditions of debate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Sessions gained invaluable insights into the inner workings of Washington, D.C. The House Committee on Rules, most importantly, determines the amendments – if any – that are deemed to be in order for final vote on legislation. Pete will discuss disturbing new trends. Increasingly, legislation is passed without appropriate public debate and analysis, resulting in invisible inside deals. This is having a deleterious effect on American democracy. Additionally, previous legislation passed in Congress has created a dynamic where the promulgation of rules (without Congressional oversight) with the force of law has become widespread, further undermining democracy. Finally, Pete will provide advice on how businesses should lobby Washington, D.C. in these challenging times.
Trends in Municipal Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Spending
Richard F. Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council
A look at local government spending on public water/wastewater services and infrastructure. Growth is declining but spending continues at a record pace with expenditures on pipes trending upwards. Congress is supporting increased spending on pipes through their fiscal year 2020 appropriations, and Anderson will provide details. Water pipe failure may be responsible for increased spending (and higher costs) for water systems. Local governments continue to strain consumers with rising rates so pipes, which represent 60% of capital investment in water and sewer infrastructure, are being scrutinized for better materials performance to extend the useful life of these systems at affordable rates. The importance of performance validation as demonstrated through independent reports and studies has never been more critical.
PVC Pipe Performance in Colorado Springs’ High Pressure Distribution System
Andy Rose, P.E., Project Engineer, Colorado Springs Utilities Water and Wastewater Engineering Department
Colorado Springs operates and maintains over 2,170 miles of water mains throughout their finished water distribution system that serves over 450,000 customers. These underground pipelines operate through five major pressure zones that have over 2,000 feet of elevation change throughout the City. A combination of operations, engineering and robust maintenance help keep this dynamic system providing water from the Rocky Mountain snow runoff to its customers.
The State of Trenchless Technology Research and Development for Underground Water and Sewer Infrastructure
John C. Matthews, Ph.D., Director, Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) & Associate Professor, Construction Engineering Technology, Louisiana Tech University
This presentation will discuss the latest research and development at the largest research center in the world dedicated to trenchless technology for buried pipelines and its impacts on the water and wastewater industry. Includes updates for several industry funded initiatives as well as projects being undertaken by the TTC aimed at moving the industry forward.
Cost Savings, Reduced Environmental Impacts and Value for Money in Water and Sewer Infrastructure with PVC Pipe
Jimmie T. Smith, Citrus County Commissioner, Florida
Balancing the needs of water and sewer utility customers and the environment is a challenging responsibility, especially in a growing community. The need to both protect the environment and support residential and business growth is critical. That’s why short (initial cost of pipe) and long-term cost savings (through lower maintenance and operating costs and better hydraulics) in piping are so important, enabling Citrus County to invest in more underground infrastructure for every dollar spent – which keeps tax increases in check and allows the County to spend its money on other priorities. How open competition for piping used in water and sewer projects has enabled Citrus County to achieve these multiple objectives will be discussed.
A Contractor's Perspective on Closed Bidding for Underground Piping
Congressman Ralph Norman (R-South Carolina, 5th District)
A general contractor by trade prior to entering the political arena, Congressman Ralph Norman has first-hand experience with the ductile iron pipe lobby. He tried to get PVC allowed in his municipality’s specifications but was unable to change them and was forced to use ductile iron pipe in his projects. Later he fought to have PVC included as an option at the state level but came across the same road blocks where he witnessed the “cozy” relationship between the ductile iron pipe industry and municipal decision-makers. Since then he’s been committed to breaking the iron pipe monopoly at the federal and state levels.
Choosing the Right Pipe Material for Sanitary Sewer Force Mains - PVC Pipe Case Studies
Catherine Morley, PE, Senior Project Manager, RJN Group, Inc.
Force mains represent approximately 15% of sanitary sewer systems. There are many decisions that go into choosing a specific pipe material for force main construction. In recent years, the author’s experience has resulted in a preference for the use of PVC due to its smaller profile in drilling and its resistance to hydrogen sulfide corrosion. The availability now of a shorter length product that can be connected during drilling has further added to the flexibility of this pipe – especially when long layout lengths are not possible. This presentation will discuss the many reasons why PVC pipe is selected for use in two very different force mains projects as well as why it was chosen for the repair of a third force main that experienced a major failure after only thirteen years in the ground.
PVC: Key Drivers and Trends, Feedstock’s Outlook and Worldwide Economic Factors
Hazel Kreuz, Executive Director, Global Inorganics Business, IHS Markit
A look at capacity and demand in the global thermoplastics marketplace, with special emphasis on North America.
NSF’s Assessment Program for California’s Proposition 65 Requirements
Nasrin Kashefi, General Manager, Plastics Program, NSF International
Learn out about California’s Proposition 65 and how NSF International can help ensure your company is in compliance with its requirements. The regulation aims to protect sources of drinking water from the discharge of certain hazardous chemicals and increase public transparency through product labeling for commercial products where citizens may be exposed to these chemicals. With over 900 chemicals listed to date, ensuring compliance can be an overwhelming task. This presentation will help your business better understand the obligations under this measure so that unnecessary and costly litigation may be avoided.
Comprehensive Sewer Pipe Performance Assessment – Lesson’s Learned
Michael Condran, PE, Vice President – Southeast Region, Electro Scan Inc.
Sewer utilities across North America are undertaking comprehensive sewer pipe assessments in an effort to quantify pipeline performance to support the effective use of capital resources. Newly installed sewer pipelines also require verification for water tightness. Taken together, these assessments can provide invaluable information which can help utilities quantify the performance of different sewer pipe materials. This presentation will look at the data and document the benefits of PVC sewer pipe performance relative to other pipe materials.
Investing in the Future with PVC Pipe
Glenn Marzluf, General Manager & CEO, Del-Co Water Company, Inc.
Del-Co Water is a large member-owned, non-profit drinking water utility in Ohio with 2,000 miles of underground piping, of which 1,900 miles are PVC. Del-Co is a regional utility, serving suburban and rural customers through a multiple-county, 850 square mile service area. Neighboring city system, Columbus, OH and many of the surrounding communities exclusively use iron piping in their water systems but Del-Co Water has opted to specify PVC instead given its ease of installation, maintenance and low break rate history. Mr. Marzluf will review some of the metrics on pipe performance and how these are benchmarked to ensure value-for-money and ongoing system savings.
City of Regina Third Sewage Force Main – Construction of a 60-inch (1,500 mm) PVC Force Main
Michael Georgalas PE, Associate, Senior Hydraulics Engineer, Delivery Center, Stantec
An overview of the design, construction, and testing of Regina’s 60-inch (1,500 mm) PVC Third Sewage Force Main. Following rainfall events in 2015 when surcharge sanitary flows were discharged to nearby Wascana Creek, the City agreed with the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency to upgrades that could discharge a 1:25/year 24-hour flow to the wastewater treatment plant. The Third Sewage Force Main can deal with 1:25/year flows and is designed to operate under wet weather flow conditions exceeding 74 MGD (280 MLD).
Assessing Pipeline System Seismic Resiliency: Industry Overview
Dr. Brad Wham, Assistant Research Professor and Managing Director, Center for Infrastructure, Energy and Space Testing (CIEST), University of Colorado Boulder
Seismic vulnerability of buried water and wastewater pipelines is receiving growing attention. Utilities, manufactures and researchers have collaborated on projects attempting to quantify and qualify various systems for installation in regions prone to earthquake-induced ground movement. This research is contributing directly to the development and recommendations of ASCE’s Manual of Practice on Seismic Design of Water and Wastewater Pipelines, as well as an accompanying standard on seismic testing, and qualification of new and existing systems. The presentation will review past and current research, provide an overview of developing design/testing documents, and discuss what the industry might expect on this topic going forward.
Addressing Water and Sanitation Access with PVC Pipe in Underserved Communities in the US and Globally
Dain Hansen, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and Managing Director, International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH)
About two million people in the United States lack access to water and improved sanitation, and globally the number is closer to one billion. Through IWSH the piping industry is working to address water access and sanitation needs in underserved and marginalized communities. This presentation will highlight how manufacturers, contractors, engineers and other industry partners are cooperating to bring water and sanitation to those most in need in the U.S. and around the world.
How Asset Management, Condition Assessment and New Technologies are Shaping the Water Pipe Market
Gregory M. Baird, President, Water Finance Research Foundation
An overview of the data and latest research on pipe performance and how new technologies entering the water market like Artificial Intelligence (AI) software is affecting pipe selection for repair and replacement.
Richard F. Anderson, Ph.D., has been Senior Advisor to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Water Council since 1999. His responsibilities include policy analysis and research; quarterly meetings for mayors on public water; and monitoring of local government investment in public water/wastewater infrastructure and services. He has completed reports on: trends in municipal spending on water and wastewater; an analysis of the cost per household for water; sewer and flood control in a survey of central California cities; a study quantifying the decelerating rate of growth in local investment in water and sewer, 2000-2012; and public water sector employment and payroll, 2000-2014. Previously, Dr. Anderson was Director of Government Affairs at Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., an energy, solid waste and water services company. He served as Co-Chair of the EPA’s Federal Advisory Committee on the Industrial Combustion Coordinated Rulemaking in 1996-97 and was Assistant Professor at Boston University’s Program in Urban Affairs and Planning where he taught environmental planning, urban economics, statistics, environmental health and data analysis.
Gregory M. Baird is President of the Water Finance Research Foundation and an independent financial and infrastructure asset management specialist. Greg actively serves on sustainable infrastructure and asset management committees for the AWWA, APWA, ASCE and as a member of the ISO 251 technical committee working on the integration of finance and infrastructure asset management. Greg provides research and training on water infrastructure asset management and has served as a municipal finance officer in California and as the CFO of Colorado’s third-largest municipal utility.
Michael Condran is Vice President, Southeast Region at Electro Scan Inc. and has 33 years of experience in consulting engineering in all phases of water infrastructure planning, design, construction, commissioning, training, and operation. From 2005 to 2018 Mr. Condran was Vice President at both HDR Engineering and GHD Engineering, directing and managing municipal wastewater and water infrastructure projects. He is active with the Florida Section AWWA Region IV and the Water Environment Federation Collections Committee. Mike is a licensed professional engineer in Florida, Colorado and North Carolina.
Michael Georgalas PE, Associate, Senior Hydraulics Engineer, Delivery Center, Stantec has extensive experience in conducting fluid transient analysis, as well as mitigation design for both existing and new water and wastewater systems. He has completed more than 100 hydraulic transient (water hammer) projects at locations throughout North America. These projects included analyzing existing and proposed systems to quantify the magnitude of potential pressures that could be experienced under various transient inducing events, and recommending measures to eliminate or mitigate the transient pressures.
Dain Hansen is Senior Vice President, Government Relations at the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) where he oversees the organization’s federal legislative and regulatory initiatives. IAPMO coordinates the development and adaptation of plumbing, mechanical, swimming pool and solar energy codes to meet the specific needs of individual jurisdictions both in the U.S. and abroad. Dain also serves as Managing Director of IAPMO’s nonprofit arm, The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) and serves on the Advisory Board for DigDeep’s national study on water and sanitation access. Prior to joining IAPMO Mr. Hansen worked in association management and on Capitol Hill as a senior policy adviser, where he was able to gain considerable expertise in energy and water policy, including federal appropriations.
Nasrin Kashefi is General Manager, Plastics Program at NSF International, an organization providing standards development, product certification, education and risk management for public health and safety.
Hazel Kreuz is Executive Director of IHS Markit’s Global Inorganic Chemicals business, which includes chlor-alkali, vinyls, soda ash, bleaching chemicals, lithium and battery materials. Ms. Kreuz joined IHS Markit in 2016 after four decades of experience in the petrochemicals and chlor-vinyls industries. Her background includes assignments in manufacturing engineering, risk analysis, finance, marketing and strategic planning.
Glenn Marzluf is General Manager & CEO of Del-Co Water Company, Inc., a non-profit drinking water utility which serves seven Central Ohio counties, operates four water treatment facilities and has 2,000 miles of piping along with 30 elevated storage tanks. Mr. Marzluf has over 20 years of experience in the utility and public works industry and previously worked as General Manager, Utilities, City of Sarasota, Florida and Utility Engineer at the City of Hilliard. He also serves as Senior-Vice President of the Association of Regional Water Organizations.
John C. Matthews, Ph.D. is Director of the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) and Associate Professor, Construction Engineering Technology at Louisiana Tech University. He has over 15 years of experience in the rehabilitation, installation and inspection of pipelines. John is the author of more than 200 technical publications on underground pipelines and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT).
Catherine Morley, PE is Senior Project Manager at RJN Group, Inc. and has over 30 years of experience in municipal engineering both in the U.S. and internationally. Her recent focus has been trenchless approaches for water and wastewater infrastructure. Projects have included design, construction and rehabilitation of sewers and water mains using micro-tunneling, pipe bursting, directional drilling, pipe jacking and lining. She has written articles for Trenchless Technology Magazine and presented at NASTT’s No-Dig Show and at the Water Environment Federation. Recently Cathy delivered a webinar on pipeline renewal.
Congressman Ralph Norman (R-South Carolina, 5th District) was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2017 and previously served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2017. He is a real estate developer at the Warren Norman Company, a business founded by and named after his father.
Andy Rose, P.E. is Project Engineer for the Colorado Springs Utilities Water and Wastewater Engineering Department where he serves as a pipeline material subject matter expert. Andy’s responsibilities include failure analysis, condition assessment, engineering standards and specifications development, material selection and approval as well as a wide variety of additional duties. Mr. Rose is a retired United States Army Engineer Officer with over 20 years of service, including working with the United States Army Corps of Engineers as a project engineer and project manager.
Pete Sessions, United States Congressman (ret.) represented the people of North Texas for 22 years and worked for many years in the private sector before being elected to public office. Congressman Sessions always understood the need to fight bureaucracy and utilize market-driven solutions to effectively solve problems in communities and government. Congressman Sessions served as Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Rules (2013-2019), which is responsible for establishing the terms and conditions of debate on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. This included, most importantly, determining the amendments – if any – that were deemed to be in order for final vote on legislation. This experience provided him with invaluable insights into the inner workings of Washington, D.C. In 2008 and again in 2010, he was elected by the House Republican Conference as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. In 2010, Chairman Sessions won a net of 63 new House seats which resulted in a Republican majority which stands as an all-time record of mid-terms gains for either party. Congressman Sessions is an Eagle Scout and serves on the National Eagle Scout Association Committee and the Circle Ten Council in North Texas where he engages adult leaders and members of the scouts on patriotism, courage and self-reliance. Mr. Sessions now runs a consulting and public affairs company, Sessions, LLC, in Dallas, Texas where he lives. He will be joined by his wife Karen Sessions.
Jimmie T. Smith (Citrus County Commissioner, FL) was a member of the Florida House of Representatives for Citrus County from 2010 to 2016. Since entering politics Commissioner Smith’s main achievement has been to modernize government at the state and local levels. As a member of the Florida House of Representatives, Smith sponsored bills that resulted in both state and nationwide improvements for veterans. As County Commissioner, he worked to create the state’s first drone park. Prior to entering politics Smith served in the Army for 20 years, including service in the 82nd Airborne Division.
Dr. Brad Wham is Assistant Research Professor and Managing Director of the Center for Infrastructure, Energy and Space Testing (CIEST) at the University of Colorado Boulder. He focuses on engineering challenges at the intersection of geotechnical and structural engineering, leveraging the capabilities of unique campus laboratories and a diverse group of professionals to conduct a wide range of research with academic and industry partners. Dr. Wham’s expertise includes design, analysis and implementation of full-scale experiments using smart infrastructure techniques to model the response of hazard-resilient lifeline systems impacted by significant ground deformation. He conducted his graduate and post-doctoral research at Cornell University’s Geotechnical Lifelines Large-Scale Testing Facility, where he combined physical testing and numerical simulations of soil-structure interaction under extreme loading conditions caused by earthquake-induced deformations, such as liquefaction and landslides, as well as construction-related movements including tunneling and deep excavations. Brad served on international field reconnaissance teams in New Zealand and Japan to document infrastructure performance and lifeline system response to natural disasters.
PVC Pipe in North America: Celebrating
More Than Sixty Years of Success
47th Annual Meeting
March 11-13, 2019
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
San Diego, CA
2019 Annual Meeting Program
PVC Pipe: At the Forefront as New Forces
Reshape the Municipal Pipe Market
46th Annual Meeting
March 12-14, 2018
Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Key West, FL
2018 Annual Meeting Program
Improving Water Quality, Durability and Safety
in Post-Flint America with PVC Pipe
45th Annual Meeting
February 27 - March 1, 2017
Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains
2017 Annual Meeting Program
Rebuilding America with PVC Pipe: A New
Threshold for Pipe Performance and Sustainability
44th Annual Meeting
February 22-24, 2016
Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort
Key Largo, FL
2016 Annual Meeting Program
The Tipping Point: PVC Pipe in the Age of Replacement
43rd Annual Meeting
February 23 - 25, 2015
Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
Playa Herradura, Costa Rica
2015 Annual Meeting Program
The Future is PVC Pipe
42nd Annual Meeting
March 10-12, 2014
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2014 Annual Meeting Program
Building A Greener World with PVC Pipe
41st Annual Meeting
April 22-24, 2013
The Resort at Pelican Hill
Newport Beach, California
2013 Annual Meeting Program
Unleashing American Innovation with PVC
Pipe: The Sustainable Solution for Corroding Water & Sewer Systems
40th Annual Meeting
April 23-25, 2012
Marriott Key West Beachside Hotel
Key West, Florida
2012 Annual Meeting Program
Smarter Spending For Challenging Times:
Rebuilding America's Water/Wastewater Infrastructure with PVC Pipe
39th Annual Meeting
April 18-20, 2011
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
2011 Annual Meeting Program
Fighting Back: Gaining Ground in Tough Economic Times - The World's Largest Gathering of PVC Pipe & Fitting Manufacturers
38th Annual Meeting
April 19-21, 2010
Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
Marco Island, FL
2010 Annual Meeting Program