Popular Program Expands

Inspector Training and Certification Program (ITCP) extends its reach to include manhole inspection and renovation and pipe bursting

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NASSCO’s Inspector Training and Certification Program (ITCP) is a training standard and certification program that provides comprehensive education and tools for professionals who need a better understanding of the inspection of trenchless pipeline renewal tech-nologies.

The training greatly benefits field construction professionals, including consulting engineers who oversee inspection services, municipal engineers who inspect their projects, and construction inspectors who are onsite inspecting projects. For the past few years, ITCP has focused on the cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) process, with course subjects that include:

• Identifying pipe defects and how they affect CIPP installation

• An overview of CIPP technology

• Field installation of CIPP

• Writing and understanding performance specs

• Pipeline renewal technologies and their applications

Following the success of the CIPP course, and at the request of many industry partners and NASSCO members, we are adding two new course topics available in spring: Manhole Rehabilitation and Pipe Bursting.

 

Manhole rehabilitation

More and more, manholes are found to be a significant source of inflow and infiltration (I&I). Industry reports indicate that as much as 30 percent of infiltration is caused by manholes that have developed cracks or fractures. This critical source of I&I can be the starting point in the evaluation of any sewer system: the results often provide insight into the overall performance and health of the collection system. The ITCP training for manholes will cover:

• Manhole inspector responsibilities

• Manhole components and defects

• Manhole renovation technologies

• Field renovation of manholes

• Performancespecifications

Pipe bursting

Pipe bursting is identified by the Engineering Research Development Center (ERDC) as an area of trenchless technology with priority needs for guidance development. The ITCP training program focusing on pipe bursting will include:

• Existing pipe defects and how they affect installation of a new pipe using the pipe bursting methods

• Overview of pipe bursting technology

• Field installation of replacement pipe using pipe bursting technology

• Writing and understanding performance specifications for pipe bursting

Attendees who complete the ITCP will receive a comprehensive course manual for future reference, continuing education units (CEUs) and, upon passing the ITCP examination, a certificate of completion. Attendees also receive the Trenchless Assessment Guide for Rehabilitation (TAG-R) computer program, an interactive software that evaluates alternative rehabilitation methods. To learn more about ITCP and to sign up for a class, visit www.nassco.org or call 410/486-3500. F

Ted DeBoda is executive director of NASSCO. He can be reached at director@nassco.org. NASSCO is located at 11521 Cronridge Drive, Suite J, Owings Mills, MD 21117



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