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@unibell.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

Considerations for Pipe Material Selection: PVC vs. HDPE Pressure Pipe - April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024 10:30 AM Enroll

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

Considerations for Pipe Material Selection: PVC vs. HDPE Pressure 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. This webinar is part of a series offered by the PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) which takes 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 data on these topics for both PVC and HDPE 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 HDPE pipe
  • Hydraulics of PVC and HDPE pipe
  • Design considerations for PVC and HDPE pipe
  • Installation requirements for PVC and HDPE pipe
  • Pipe material longevity and performance

Considerations for Pipe Material Selection: PVC vs. HDPE Pressure PipeTo view the background information for this webinar, please click on the following links:

Group pricing is available for teams of 10 or more. Please reach out to jbonilla@unibell.org for more information.

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $149.00

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Design of PVC Pipe Force Mains - May 1, 2024

May 01, 2024 10:30 AM Enroll

Ideal for Utility Engineers, Engineering Consultants, Developers and Contractors

Design of PVC Force Mains
PVC pipe has been widely used for force main applications in North America for more than 40 years. However, with expanding use in larger sizes the need for concise design information has never been more important. Additionally, there are numerous misconceptions about PVC pressure pipe used in sewer systems. PVC Pipe Association staff will present on the design of PVC force mains, which will include a review of the Force Main Design Guide for PVC Pipe and online cyclic-life calculator. Attendees will learn about key considerations regarding PVC pipe’s suitability for upcoming projects and be provided with the technical information needed to properly design PVC force mains that will ensure a service life of more than 100 years. New research performed by Utah State University on PVC pipe’s cyclic surge capabilities will also be discussed.
Force Main Design Guide for PVC Pipe
This 30-minute webinar will cover the following topics:

  • PVC pressure pipe standards
  • Internal pressure and cyclic surge design
  • Common misconceptions
  • Design example
  • Installation
  • Case studies

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

Group pricing is available for teams of 10 or more. Please reach out to jbonilla@unibell.org for more information.

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $99.00

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Determining the Longevity of PVC Water and Sewer Mains - May 8, 2024

May 08, 2024 10:30 AM Enroll

Ideal for Water & Sewer Utility Engineers and Asset Management Professionals

Determining the Longevity of PVC Water & Sewer Mains
PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) engineers will review the latest research on the service life of PVC water and sewer pipe, including the PVC Pipe Longevity Report: A Comprehensive Study on PVC Pipe Excavations and Testing, published by Utah State University's (USU) Buried Structures Laboratory. The USU study confirms PVC pipe’s longevity through dig-ups and testing of “in service” pipes and by examining research from around the world. Studies from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia and new quality control testing continue to validate the performance of PVC pipe used in water networks.

This webinar also examines the challenges of affordability for utilities that are replacing buried infrastructure which is at the end of its service life. Life cycle cost analysis is presented as a financial decision-making tool for pipe replacement selection by applying the findings of reliability and longevity research and testing. This combination of pipe examination and testing data in conjunction with previous pipe break studies supports PVC as a sustainable pipe material, confirming a 100+ year benchmark as an industry standard.

As well, the importance of accurate pipe life data for asset management of underground infrastructure will be discussed. This can help utilities bring together the concepts, tools, and techniques to manage assets at an acceptable service level at the lowest life-cycle cost. Asset management practices can also help utilities understand the timing and costs associated with replacement activities. Knowing the longevity of a pipe enables utilities to make better infrastructure investment decisions with improved affordability results for customers.

This 30-minute webinar covers the following topics:

  • Historical overview of water and sewer pipe materials used in North America
  • Why pipe longevity is critical to water and sewer system affordability
  • A review of USU's PVC Pipe Longevity Report, which confirms PVC pipe lasts 100+ years
  • How international PVC pipe dig-ups support North American PVC pipe performance data
  • Life cycle cost analysis as a financial decision-making tool for pipe replacement
  • Examples of prematurely failing pipelines
  • The importance of accurate pipe life data for asset management of underground infrastructure
  • How use of corrosion-proof piping in utility replacement and procurement reduces water main breaks and O&M costs

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

Group pricing is available for teams of 10 or more. Please reach out to jbonilla@unibell.org for more information.

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 0.5
Price: $99.00

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New 2023 Report – Water Main Break Rates in the USA and Canada: A Comprehensive Study - May 15, 2024

May 15, 2024 10:30 AM Enroll

Attention: Utility Operators, Utility & Consulting Engineers, Municipal Asset Management & Financial Professionals

Water Main Break Rates in the USA and Canada: A Comprehensive Study

Presenter: Professor Steven L. Barfuss, P.E., Utah State University

Get the latest information on water main breaks in the US and Canada and find out why this report is a useful asset management, pipe renewal, and pipe replacement tool for water utilities. A survey was recently conducted by Utah State University (USU) under the direction of Steven L. Barfuss, Research Professor. This webinar provides a summary of the results.

According to Professor Barfuss, P.E., one of the most important indicators for identifying failing pipelines is water main break rates. The study shows that pipe performance continues to be impacted by soil corrosivity, and the replacement of asbestos cement and cast iron pipe is creating a shift in predominant pipe materials. USU published similar studies in 2012 and 2018. The 2023 report references the previous studies to analyze changes over time.

A total of 802 utilities responded to the 2023 USU survey with almost 400,000 miles of pipe data analyzed, representing 30% of the population and 17.1 % of the estimated 2.3 million miles of water mains in the US and Canada, making this study the most comprehensive undertaken to date.

In addition to break rates of different pipe materials, the seminar will present other data that will be of interest to everyone involved in water distribution systems. All webinar participants will receive a free hard copy of the 2023 USU report. Click here to download.

A Resource for Water Utilities in Asset-Management Planning, Pipeline Renewal, and Pipe Replacement

This one-hour webinar will discuss:

  • The significant survey response from US and Canadian utilities
  • Average population served per mile of pipe
  • Major pipe material types
  • Pipe material use and trends by region
  • Pipe age and size distribution
  • System characteristics of pressure and water demand
  • Failure rates for commonly used pipe materials
  • Pipe break rates as a function of utility size
  • Failure rates as a function of pipe diameter
  • Utility target break rates and expected service life
  • Distribution of pipe age for pipe materials
  • Analysis of soil corrosivity on break rates
  • Soil corrosivity and corrosion protection methods
  • Pipe replacement programs and funding issues
  • Acceptance of available pipe materials
  • Use of condition assessment for underground infrastructure
  • Water loss to leaksReview of Water Main Break Rates In the USA and Canada: A Comprehensive Study (December 2023)

To view the background information for this webinar, please review the following:

Group pricing is available for teams of 10 or more. Please reach out to jbonilla@unibell.org for more information.

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $149.00

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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