Technical Committee

Members in Action

The Technical Committee supports Uni-Bell’s activities in the engineering, regulatory, public health and standardization communities. It meets twice a year in the spring and fall at the same time as the Operating and Market Development Committees.

Among its main functions, the Committee develops standards, reviews recently adopted or updated ones, and participates in research and development on PVC pipe. And from time to time, it makes recommendations to Uni-Bell’s Board of Directors.

The Committee also revises the Handbook of PVC Pipe: Design and Construction – the most comprehensive reference text on PVC pipe and fittings. The Handbook provides practical engineering and construction information, as well as recommendations on the design and function of PVC piping systems used primarily underground, in both pressure and non-pressure applications.

Any Member may request an item be put on the Technical Committee agenda, as well as participate in meetings to make a presentation or address a particular issue. To keep the Committee focused on matters relating to gasketed PVC pipe and core issues facing the industry, the Board of Directors approves agendas before meetings. Each Regular Member has one vote.

Uni-Bell publishes the results of Technical Committee meetings in its papers, guides, and recommended standard specifications.

Steve Cooper co-manages Uni-Bell’s Technical Committee. With nearly 30 years of utility management, engineering, construction and operations experience. Steve holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. An expert in capital program management and engineering of water main replacement, rehabilitation and relocation projects, and water system maintenance, he is a former Senior Director with the Louisville Water Company. Steve joined Uni-Bell in 2005.

Randel Dobbs, P.E., R.P.L.S. is a Regional Engineer for Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association in the Dallas Corporate Office, and also co-manages Uni-Bell's Technical Committee. Randel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A & M University and is a Registered Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor in Texas. He has 37 years of experience in utility design, management, and operations with municipalities, large water districts, and consulting engineering. Randel joined the Uni-Bell team in 2014.

Standards Development Sub-Committee

The Standards Development Sub-Committee oversees Uni-Bell’s cooperative efforts in the area of standards development.

It does so by participating in regular meetings of Standards Development Agencies (SDO’s), by maintaining regular contact with them throughout the year. These SDO’s include the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), NSF International, and others.

Many of the familiar PVC pipe standards used today – such as ASTM D3034 and ASTM F679 for sewer pipe, as well as AWWA C900 and AWWA C905 for water pipe – started as Uni-Bell recommended standard specifications.

Click here for a list of standards pioneered by Uni-Bell and now adopted by ASTM or AWWA.