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

March 03, 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, March 3, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $99.00

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Review of PVC Pipe Association Sample Specifications for Water and Sewer Pipe

March 24, 2021 10:30 AM Enroll


Ideal for Water and Sewer Utilities and Consulting Engineers

Review of PVC Pipe Association Sample Specifications for Water and Sewer Pipe

PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) engineers will provide an in-depth review and recommendations for PVC pipe water and sewer pipe specifications and how they can be used for pipe system design, installation and post-construction testing. This webinar will also discuss applicable standards for PVC pipe and is intended for current users as well as those considering PVC for the first time. The information provided can be used by utilities to develop new PVC pipe specifications, update current underground pipe specifications, and for upcoming projects. Up-to-date specifications and standards help maximize the performance of PVC pipe systems and achieve cost-savings through design efficiencies.

This 30-minute webinar covers the following topics:

  • ASTM and AWWA standards
  • PVC pipe classifications
  • PVC C900 and C909 water pipe specifications
  • PVC gravity sewer pipe specifications
  • PVC force main specifications
  • Additional resources
  • Questions and answers

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

PVC Pipe Standards SheetsReview of PVC Pipe Association Sample Specifications for Water and Sewer Pipe
Your quick reference guide of applicable standards for PVC pressure, sewer and force mains:

Sample Specifications for PVC Water and Sewer Pipes
Specifications are provided for three project types:

  • Potable water
  • Gravity sewer
  • Sewer force mains

Click here for sample specifications.

Additional Reference Materials:

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 0.5
Price: $49.00

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Frequently Asked Questions About PVC Pipe - Current Topics

April 14, 2021 10:30 AM Enroll


Ideal for Water and Sewer Utilities, Consulting Engineers and Contractors

Frequently Asked Questions About PVC Pipe - Current TopicsPVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) engineers will examine some of the current topics being discussed in the water and wastewater sector concerning PVC pipe. The webinar will review information on resiliency of piping systems, asset management, performance of PVC pipe under roads as well as during wildfires and in dynamic ground conditions like earthquakes and landslides. Additionally, common misconceptions about PVC pipe's performance with respect to hydraulics, water quality and joint integrity will be discussed. Finally, the importance of transparent environmental product declarations and life cycle assessments in determining the environmental impacts of underground piping materials will be covered.

Participants will be able to gain greater understanding of PVC pipe applications and performance and learn how to better optimize its use.

This 30-minute webinar covers the following topics:

  • Testing requirements for AWWA PVC pipe and fittings products
  • Decreasing "C" factors for cement-mortar lined ductile iron pipe
  • The importance of using transparent and verifiable standards when determining the environmental impacts of a pipe product
  • Different joint types for storm-drainage pipe - soil-tight, silt-tight and watertight
  • Suitability of PVC pressure pipe for use under roads
  • Why PVC pipe is an excellent choice for ground-movement situations
  • The safety of the organotin stabilizers used in PVC pipe
  • Performance of PVC pipe in California's wildfires - a clean bill of health

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

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 0.5
Price: $49.00

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Considerations for Pipe Material Selection - PVC vs. HDPE Pressure Pipe

May 12, 2021 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 for utilities. This webinar is the first in a series offered by the PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) in 2021 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 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

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

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $99.00

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Design of PVC Gravity Sewer Systems

June 02, 2021 10:30 AM Enroll


Ideal for Sewer Utility Engineers and Engineering Consultants

PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) engineers will discuss the benefits and designDesign of PVC Gravity Sewer Systems considerations for PVC gravity sewer pipe. PVC has been the material of choice for municipal sewer systems since the 1970s and its use has expanded into larger and larger sizes, with 60" gravity pipe commonly specified today. To help ensure maximum performance and service life of PVC gravity piping systems, designers should have the most up-to-date design information.

Numerous aspects of PVC sewer pipe design will be covered, including flexible pipe design for deep bury applications, hydraulic analysis and comparison with other pipe materials, as well as the benefits of PVC's material properties. Additionally, the importance of proper bedding and backfill will be covered. The information in this presentation will be useful for upcoming projects in municipalities that have previously used PVC and in utilities considering PVC sewer pipe for the first time. Participants will learn how PVC pipe's strength, proven durability and performance provides in excess of 100 years of life.

This one-hour webinar covers the following topics:

  • Standards and testing
  • Design of PVC Gravity Sewer SystemsLongevity
  • Material properties
  • Hydraulic design
  • Pipe stiffness selection and deflection evaluation
  • Proper bedding and backfill
  • Design example

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

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Central Standard Time
PDHs: 1
Price: $99.00

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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