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

Using the EBAA Restraint Length Calculator for PVC Pipe Projects

October 23, 2019 10:30 AM Enroll

Ideal for Utility Design Engineers and Engineering Consultants

When designing pressure pipe systems, accounting for thrust forces becomes important to prevent pipe movement. Although thrust blocking may be used, this option may add considerable cost and time to a project. Using designed restrained lengths in pressurized pipelines allows for the elimination of concrete thrust blocks.

This webinar will discuss the background, equations, and use of EBAA Iron’s Joint Restraint Calculator Program for PVC pipe projects and will show how a restrained system can simplify pipeline design and installation.

Topics to be covered in this one-hour webinar include:

  • Theory behind thrust forces
  • Thrust blocks vs. restrained lengths
  • Restrained system design
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Product overview

Click on the following links to review the background information for this webinar:

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $99.00

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Evaluation of PVC and Fiberglass Pipe for Gravity Sewer Applications

October 30, 2019 10:30 AM Enroll

Ideal for Sewer Utility Engineers and Engineering Consultants

Most of the pipes used in sewer systems across North America are in need of upgrading or must be upsized to accommodate future growth. Since corrosion issues in sewer pipelines have become so widespread, there has been increased demand for materials that are unaffected by corrosion in the sewer utility sector. As a result, more and more utility engineers are specifying PVC and fiberglass (FRP) pipes for large-diameter gravity sewer projects. However, there are many important differences in the characteristics of both materials and in their performance that are often not well recognized or analyzed.

In this webinar PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) staff will provide an evaluation of PVC and FRP pipes. Engineering properties and design requirements will be reviewed to assess the long-term performance of both materials. As well, standards will be compared, including associated product availability and testing requirements. After participating in this webinar, attendees will have the information needed to properly specify either pipe material for future large-diameter gravity sewer projects.

The 30-minute webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Material property comparisons
  • Hydraulic flow characteristics
  • Differences in pipe and joint testing
  • Allowable depth of cover
  • Longevity of PVC and FRP sewer pipes

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

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 0.5
Price: $49.00

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Why Change? Using PVC Pipe for Replacement/Repair in an All-Iron Pipe System

November 13, 2019 10:30 AM Enroll

Ideal for Water & Sewer Utility Personnel and Engineering Consultants

PVC Pipe Association staff will review the benefits of using PVC pipe for replacement/repair programs in utilities that previously used only ductile iron or cast iron piping. The webinar will cover a wide range of subjects relating to the design, installation and application of PVC piping systems in a replacement and repair environment. In addition, frequently asked questions from utilities using PVC pipe for the first time in replacement programs will be addressed. Utility personnel and consulting engineers will find this webinar of particular interest.

This 30-minute webinar covers the topics below. Click on the links to review the background information for this presentation:

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 0.5
Price: $49.00

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Review of the New Contractor's Guide for Installation of Gasketed PVC Pipe

December 04, 2019 10:30 AM Enroll

Ideal for Water and Sewer Utilities, Installers, Inspectors, Maintenance Crews, Contractors and Consulting Engineers

This 30-minute webinar will provide an overview of the new Contractor’s Guide for Installation of Gasketed PVC Water/Sewer Pipe. Written and sponsored by the PVC Pipe Association, it comes complete with practical tables and figures that will help users to be more effective and efficient at installing PVC piping systems.

The Contractor’s Guide provides preferred methods of installation based on field experience, published reports, and other industry sources. The information provided in the guide will make users more effective and efficient at installing PVC piping systems, reduce potential pipeline problems as well as help ensure maximum system performance.

This webinar is not only applicable to contractors, but also for utility crews involved in installation or maintenance of PVC water or sewer systems. Inspectors will also find this presentation useful and informative.

Benefits of the Webinar

  • Contractors - Following this guide's recommendations can improve job efficiency, reduce potential pipeline problems and help ensure maximum system performance.
  • Owners - Proper installation helps ensure maximum service life for piping systems.
  • Training - This guide can serve as a reference prior to undertaking a pipeline project.
  • Maintenance Crews – This guide can serve as an invaluable on-the-job tool for maintenance and repairs.

The 30-minute webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Pressure Pipe (Water): Introduction; General Information; Safety; Project Types; Standards; Sizes, Pressure Ratings, and OD Types; Colors; Print Line; PVC Fittings; Iron Fittings; Pipe Arrival at the Job Site; Materials on the Job Site; Pipe Trench; Dewatering; Buoyancy; Insertion Lines; Lowering Pipe into the Trench; Gasketed PVC Pipe Assembly; Field-Cutting; Changes in Direction; Thrust Restraint; Service Connections; Direct Tapping; Saddle Tapping; Sleeve Tapping; End-of-Day Procedures; Backfilling; Testing and Disinfecting; Flushing and Disinfecting; Additional Considerations; Resources; Index.
     
  • Non-Pressure Pipe (Sewer): Introduction; General Information; Safety; Project Types; Standards; Sizes; Colors; Print Line; PVC Fittings; Pipe Arrival at the Job Site; Materials on the Job Site; Pipe Trench; Dewatering; Buoyancy; Insertion Lines; Lowering Pipe into the Trench; Gasketed PVC Pipe Assembly; Field-Cutting; Changes in Direction; Service Connections; Sewer Laterals; End-of-Day Procedures; Backfilling; Testing of Sewers; Additional Considerations; Resources; Index.

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 0.5
Price: $49.00

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Past Topics

  • A Look at the Longevity of PVC Water Pipe
  • A Review of Utah State University's PVC Pipe Longevity Report: A Comprehensive Study on PVC Pipe Excavations, Testing & Life Cycle Analysis
  • Changes to AWWA C900 "Standard for PVC Pressure Pipe..."
  • Corrosion Considerations in Sewer Forcemains
  • Design of Large-Diameter PVC Gravity Sewer Pipelines
  • Design of PVC Gravity Pipe
  • Design of PVC Pressure Pipelines
  • Design of PVC Pressure Piping Systems
  • Dispelling Myths for PVC Pressure Pipe
  • External Load Design and Backfill Requirements for PVC Pressure Pipe
  • External Load Design for PVC Gravity and Pressure Pipes
  • External Load Design for PVC Gravity Sewer Pipe
  • Frequently Asked Questions About PVC Pipe
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Design, Installation and Application of PVC Piping Systems - Part Three
  • Gravity Sewer Pipe - PVC's Advantages Over Other Materials
  • Hydraulic Comparison of Water and Sewer Piping Materials
  • Hydraulic Design - Friction Factors for PVC Piping Systems
  • Installation of PVC Water and Sewer Piping Systems
  • Irrigation Design and Installation for PVC Piping Systems
  • Life Cycle Assessment for PVC Water and Sewer Pipe and Comparative Sustainability Analysis of Pipe Materials
  • New Guide on Tapping Small and Large Diameter PVC Water Pipe
  • Overview of Non-Pressure PVC Fittings and Laterals
  • PVC Gravity Sewer Pipe for Deep-Bury Applications
  • PVC Pipe Culvert Design and Installation
  • PVC Pipe Performance in Earthquakes
  • PVC Storm Drainage Design and Installation
  • Review of Frequently Asked Questions on the Design, Installation and Application of PVC Piping - Part Two
  • Review of PVC Standards Sheets
  • Review of the New AWWA C900-16 Standard and Other PVC Pipe Standards Available
  • Review of Water Main Break Rates in the USA and Canada: A Comprehensive Study
  • Revisiting the 1994 AWWARF Study on PVC Pipe – 20 Years After
  • Sewer Force Main Design
  • Technical Resources for PVC Piping Systems: An Overview
  • The Importance of Life Cycle Thinking for Sustainable Piping Infrastructure
  • The Longevity of PVC Sewer Pipe
  • Understanding External-Load Design for PVC Gravity Pipe Applications
  • Using USDA's Corrosive Soils Map to Ensure Optimum Performance of Municipal Piping Systems
  • Water and Sewer Utilities Considering PVC Pipe for the First Time
  • Water Main Breaks - An Overview of Pipe Material Performance
  • Water Utilities Considering PVC Pipe for the First Time