Improving Pipeline Certification

Updates to PACP Version 7.0 reflect extensive peer review and recommendations.

Interested in Education/Training?

Get Education/Training articles, news and videos right in your inbox! Sign up now.

Education/Training + Get Alerts

Our members and staff have been working diligently on the new and improved Pipeline Assessment Certification Program Version 7.0, including the Manhole Assessment Certification Program and Lateral Assessment Certification Program, which are scheduled for release this spring.

As PACP expands both in popularity and impact, NASSCO is challenged to continually improve the curriculum in order to sustain our mission to set industry standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. We are energized about these changes, and I deeply appreciate the time and attention the peer review committee — which consisted of an unprecedented 65 collections system professionals — gave to the evaluation of the technical updates, educational benefits and risk management appendix.

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of the improved, more user-friendly PACP Version 7.0.

Technical updates:

  • Descriptions of technical issues, such as deterioration mechanisms and stages of sewer collapse.
  • An improved header form that redefines fields and includes new options for materials, weather and consequence of failure (CoF).
  • Addition of infiltration code modifiers (barrel, lateral, connection and joint).
  • Simplified MACP level 1 requirements.
  • Addition of new LACP codes and condition grades as well as other technical improvements.

Educational updates:

  • Streamlined training materials to better follow the PACP manual.
  • Clarified rules for continuous defects.
  • Moved the buckling code into a modifier of the deformed code.
  • Added new codes for surface damage (to provide more detailed options such as surface spalling of the coating and corrosion tuberculation).
  • Updated color-coded chart to help field personnel identify codes for header fields such as pipe materials and weather codes.
  • Added an illustrated appendix to help identify pipe shapes and materials.

Risk management appendix:

  • The new appendix describes asset management using PACP to calculate risk based on likelihood of failure (LoF) and CoF.
  • LoF is defined using the PACP quick rating based on the collective condition grades within a segment.
  • CoF factors are discussed in detail to include specific examples.
  • The appendix ends with calculation of risk and graphical interpretations when plotted on a risk diagram.

To learn more, visit where you can watch the WEF-sponsored NASSCO webinar “Pipeline Assessment Certification Program.” 


Comments on this site are submitted by users and are not endorsed by nor do they reflect the views or opinions of COLE Publishing, Inc. Comments are moderated before being posted.