Full Speed Ahead

Committees help NASSCO make critical progress in initiatives including software validation, CIPP training, and government relations

Often when I speak about NASSCO, I talk about the organization as a whole, a leader for more than 30 years in setting standards for rehabilitation of underground utilities.

But the untold story deserving attention is the engine behind our organization — the many moving parts that make us whole. That’s our small but dedicated staff, the 15 committees, and the four divisions comprised of members each doing their part to make NASSCO what it is. Each of these groups has a team of dedicated folks exploring key areas of focus for our entire industry.

Here are a few highlights of committee activities.

Software validation

The Software Vendor Committee has prepared an online service to validate the accuracy of PACP, LACP and MACP export files. NASSCO has been certifying the software vendors to the latest standard, version 4.4.

To pass certification, vendors must import the most current version from all of the PACP or MACP versions that have been released for certification. Vendors should also report invalid data and export appropriately to the current standard database. Vendors who have passed the certification are listed on the NASSCO Web site. NASSCO recommends verification of PACP certification.

For those looking for software, NASSCO now offers Data Collection Software Recommendations, a helpful guide available for download on the Web site. It provides a roadmap for determining which data collection software is right for your needs.

Updated styrene document

NASSCO’s CIPP Committee reviews general matters related to the CIPP industry, including legislative and technical and quality issues. It also supports and works with the NASSCO staff and board to promote public education on pipe-lining issues and benefits.

During the past year, the committee played an important role in the Inspector Training and Certi-fication Program for CIPP, an industry first. The committee updated the “Guideline for the Use and Handling of Styrenated Resins in Cured-in-Place Pipe.” The document was updated to include modifications that deal with handling and labeling of wetout tubes.

Government relations

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allocated $4 billion for clean water projects that improve water quality and protect public health. The dollars have been given to each state to distribute through their revolving funds.

Half of the funds must be designated as grants, and the additional dollars are given as loans. Although the projects that were applied for have been engineered and are ready to begin, red tape has caused delays. States intend to have these projects ready for bid in the months to come. To find out where the money is being distributed in your state, contact your local environmental agency or visit http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/dwsrf/nims/dwagency2.pdf.

There is a lot of positive activity at NASSCO, and I’ve just scratched the surface. But NASSCO’s engine is in full-speed mode, and you’re invited to join the ride. Visit us at www.NASSCO.org.

Irvin Gemora is executive director of NASSCO. He can be reached at director@nassco.org. The NASSCO headquarters is at 11521 Cronridge Dr., Suite J, Owings Mills, MD 21117.


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