Breaking Down Barriers – Gaining Acceptance For Pipe Bursting In Your Community

4th In A Series From The IPBA
By Matt Timberlake, President, Ted Berry Trenchless Technologies LLC, International Pipe Bursting Association Marketing Committee | August 2011, Vol. 66 No. 8

The IPBA Education Committee is currently active in promoting of pipe bursting through outreach efforts at national construction and utility seminars as well as to various associations, federal, state and local agencies throughout the United States. The IPBA has available a number of non-biased presentations and technical documents that can provide insight into the benefits and challenges associated with this type of construction.

Anyone in the construction industry knows all too well that good news travels slowly but bad news travels at the speed of sound. We would be remiss to say that there have never been failed pipe bursting jobs because there surely have; any veteran of the construction industry has a horror story they can find about a project gone bad with any type of method. Open cut, CIPP, sliplining or basically anything in the construction market has the potential for not going as planned. Unfortunately, negative selling is much more common in the construction industry than it should be and sometimes the knowledge of a process, product or technology is solely based on “hearsay” and not facts. The associations and groups that exist in this country and internationally are a great resource for research and, when all else fails, there is always the internet.

One of the benefits of collaboration through an organization or association is that you are able to learn and continually improve a process based on the challenges others have faced. The IPBA has united members from all aspects of the industry to help grow the market responsibly that involves a constant effort to “break down barriers” that exist.

Coming in September: The effects of pipe bursting on nearby utilities: predicting, preventing and managing the effects pipe bursting has on nearby utilities.

IPBA (NASSCO), (410) 486-3500,

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