Educational Webinars

PVC Pipe Association Webinar Series

Welcome to the PVC Pipe Association's online webinar training series. Our webinars offer educational and informative workshops on an on-going basis to support the use of PVC piping in water and wastewater systems. Webinars include examples of how PVC pipe has benefited utilities across North America.

We also provide customized webinars on the design, specification and installation of PVC pipe for water and sewer projects. Let us know if you would like us to organize a webinar for your organization by emailing info@uni-bell.org.

*Note for PVC Pipe Association webinars offering Professional Development Hours (PDHs): Continuing education requirements for professional engineering licenses may differ from state to state. The final authority to approve PDHs, courses and credits and other ways to earn credits rests with each state licensing board. Individuals are advised to contact their respective state licensing boards regarding their continuing education requirements for professional engineering licensure.

Upcoming Webinars

Installation of PVC Water and Sewer Piping Systems – September 29, 2021

September 29, 2021 10:30 AM Enroll


Ideal for Water and Sewer Utility Engineers, Contractors, Inspectors, Engineering Consultants and Developers

This training webinar by PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) staff will provide the most up-to-date information available on installation practices for gasketed PVC water and sewer pipes and fittings as well as answer frequently asked questions. Properly installed pipelines ensure best performance and maximum design life for underground infrastructure.

All Participants Receive a FREE Copy of the Contractor's Guide for Installation of Gasketed PVC Pipe

The reference book for this educational seminar is the new Contractor's Guide, which is the most concise, authoritative publication available for the installation of gasketed-joint PVC pipes and fittings. Webinar registrants will be mailed a FREE copy. Written and sponsored by PVCPA, the guide comes complete with practical tables and figures that helps users to be more effective and efficient at installing PVC piping systems, reducing potential pipeline problems and helping to ensure optimum system performance. It can also serve as a reference document prior to undertaking a pipeline project.

Recommended for Local Underground Pipeline Installation Contractors

It is highly recommended that local water and sewer pipe installation contractors participate in this training seminar. Utilities are encouraged to forward this email to their local underground pipeline contractors and have them register. The guide is also useful to utility crews involved in installation or maintenance of PVC water or sewer systems. The easy-to-use, "reversible book" format provides two valuable guides in one and assists readers to quickly access the information they are seeking.

The 60-minute webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Manufacturing and plant testing of PVC pipe
  • Handling and storage
  • Proper joint assembly
  • Alignment deflection options
  • Joint restraint options
  • Fittings for PVC pipe
  • Tapping of PVC pipe
  • Post-installation testing
  • Special installation considerations

To view the background information, please click on the following links:

Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $99.00

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Overview of Water and Wastewater Pipeline Asset Management

October 13, 2021 10:30 AM Enroll


Attention: Utility Engineers, Installation and Maintenance Staff, Capital Budget Managers, Procurement and Asset Management Specialists, Consulting Engineers, and Contractors

Welcome to the PVC Pipe Association’s municipal case study webinar series featuring leading utility experts presenting on important topics. The first webinar in our series will discuss how asset management can extend the life and efficiency of water distribution and sewer collection systems. The webinar provides a practical overview of asset condition assessment for water and sewer pipelines and will assist utilities and municipal agencies evaluate existing underground infrastructure to develop programs for the enhancement, effective operation, and maintenance of these systems. Hear from Greg Baird, President, Water Finance Research Foundation, one of North America’s foremost experts in pipeline asset management.

This one-hour webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Fundamental framework of asset management programs
  • Role of asset condition assessments for underground infrastructure
  • Overview of water and sewer pipe condition assessment technologies
  • Key national metrics on water and sewer pipe age and performance
  • Critical factors in extending the life of a pipe (installation, maintenance, rehabilitation and system optimization)
  • Developing and prioritizing the pipe renewal and replacement capital plan
  • Risk factors from water quality to regulatory compliance

To view the background information for this one-hour webinar, please click on the following links:

Greg BairdGreg Baird, President, Water Finance Research Foundation, helps governments and utilities improve the efficiency and affordability of water and sewer systems through technology and asset management practices. Mr. Baird is a financial and utility infrastructure asset management specialist for the U.S. and Canadian water and wastewater sectors. Greg serves on the following committees: Chair, AWWA Sustainable Infrastructure Committee; member, AWWA Rates and Charges and Asset Management Committees; Chair, ASCE Water Asset Management Committee; member, APWA Engineering and Technology Committee; and member, WEF Collection System Committee. He is also a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 251 Technical Committee, which is working on the integration of finance and infrastructure asset management. Additionally, Mr. Baird is an advisor to the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Capital Planning Committee. Greg is also an asset management instructor and content developer for Purdue University’s Buried Asset Management Institute (BAMI) and Certificate of Training for Asset Management (CTAM) Series. He is actively involved in the production of asset management training materials for Virginia Tech’s Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management (SWIM) program. Greg is widely published and has served as a municipal finance officer in California and as CFO for Aurora, Colorado’s third largest municipal utility.

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $99.00

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Considerations for Pipe Material Selection: PVC vs. Ductile Iron (DI) Pipe

December 01, 2021 10:30 AM Enroll

Ideal for Water Utilities, Engineering, Consultants, Contractors and Government Agencies

PVC PipeToday's marketplace offers North American utilities a wide variety of pipe materials to choose from. Pipe materials can differ significantly in performance capabilities and in the applications for which they are suitable. As a result, making direct comparisons between pipe materials can be challenging for utilities. This webinar is the second in a series offered by the PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) which will take an in-depth look at different pipe materials and their properties, design methodologies, installation requirements and long-term performance in various applications. PVCPA engineers will provide comparative information on these topics for both PVC and DI pressure pipe that users of both materials will find helpful and that will enable utilities to make better informed decisions for their projects.

This one-hour webinar covers the following topics:

  • History and background of PVC and DI pipe
  • Hydraulics of PVC and DI pipe
  • Design considerations for PVC and DI pipe
  • Installation requirements for PVC and DI pipe
  • Pipe material longevity and performance

DI PipeTo view the background information for this webinar, please review the following links:

Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $99.00

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Topics

General

  • Overview of PVC Pipe
  • Frequently Asked Questions About PVC Pipe

​Design

  • Design of PVC Pressure Pipelines
  • External Load Design for PVC Gravity Sewer Pipe
  • Sewer Force Main Design
  • Hydraulic Design - Friction Factors for PVC Piping Systems

Installation & Operation

  • Installation of PVC Water and Sewer Piping Systems
  • New Guide on Tapping Small and Large Diameter PVC Water Pipe
  • A Look at the Longevity of PVC Water Pipe

Additional Resources

  • Life Cycle Assessment for PVC Water and Sewer Pipe and Comparative Sustainability Analysis of Pipe Materials
  • Review of PVC Standards Sheets
  • Technical Resources for PVC Piping Systems: An Overview
  • Water and Sewer Utilities Considering PVC Pipe for the First Time