April 2010 Business News

April 2010 Vol. 65 No. 4
Jack Lynch of SAK Construction

Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS)
Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) has completed the acquisition of the remaining 50 percent interest in StormTech LLC.

StormTech was created as a 50/50 joint venture between ADS and Infiltrator Systems Inc. to engineer and manufacture chambers for use in underground storm water retention/detention systems.

StormTech chambers are highly engineered to meet the demands of subsurface storm water management, and provide optimal underground detention for storm water runoff.

This summer, StormTech will launch an additional new product, the MC-4500 which will further expand the cubic feet of storage capacity per chamber.

The chambers are in adherence with ASTM standards and have been subjected to advanced in-ground testing protocols and high-level industry expert review. They have been evaluated to support HS-20 live loads following current AASHTO procedures for loads, structural capacity and factor of safety when installed per StormTech's Chamber Installation Instructions. StormTech chambers are molded from polypropylene resin, which is inherently resistant to chemicals typically found in storm water runoff. 800.537.9520, www.ads-pipe.com

Pressure Pipe Inspection Company (PPIC)

Pressure Pipe Inspection Company Ltd. (PPIC) announced that it has reached a formal service distribution agreement with Advanced Engineering Solutions Ltd. based in England. Under the agreement, PPIC will be the exclusive North American service provider for the ECAT pipeline condition assessment tool, which provides accurate mapping of metallic pipe walls to predict remaining service life.

The vast majority of cities in North America rely on metallic pipelines such as cast iron, ductile iron and steel, for water distribution throughout their network. The challenge is that much of this infrastructure was installed over 50 years ago and it is difficult to determine the current condition of these assets. The signs of deterioration are increasingly showing up in the form of pipe ruptures.

Condition assessment programs using PPIC technology provide municipalities with critical information about the condition of their buried assets. The age of a pipeline asset alone does not mean that it automatically needs to be replaced.