IPBA Launches Fast-Track Agenda For 2012

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | April 2012, Vol. 67 No. 4

The International Pipe Bursting Association (IPBA) has ambitious plans for 2012 and got the year off to a good start in January with the introduction of new pipe bursting guidelines at the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) in San Antonio, TX.

The new guidelines are a key element in the IPBA’s revitalized efforts to educate sewer and water system managers and the engineers who design sewer and water projects about the considerable benefits of pipe bursting as a proven trenchless method of construction, said Matt Timberlake, IPBA leadership team member.

“The guidelines were received very well,” said Timberlake. “Previously-available pipe bursting guidelines date back eight years and longer, and the pipe bursting industry has changed significantly since then. As a true collaboration of people throughout the industry, I believe people recognize real value in a consensus document that is current, brings the technical information needed today, and is supported by sound facts and references.”

The new IPBA guidelines focus on the overall applications of pipe bursting and will be followed with individualized documents that relate specifically to water, sewer, gas, lateral and large diameter pipe bursting.

The guidelines were constantly referenced during IPBA’s two-day view-from-the-field pipe bursting track at UCT, Timberlake added.

“The next step,” he continued, “is to make the guidelines available to those throughout the industry, including utility system owners and operators, design engineers, consultants, contractors and municipal officials. This would provide all with a trusted source for information regarding pipe bursting. Distribution will be primarily through the IPBA website as a free download. In addition, we expect pipe bursting contractors and equipment manufacturers to also distribute the guidelines and help move the industry collectively forward.”

Pipe bursting guidelines are only one element in the IPBA’s efforts to promote the technology.

“IPBA,” Timberlake continued, “has developed a five-year strategic plan that includes municipal outreach programs through technical conferences across North America. In addition, we would approach elected officials to continue educating decision makers responsible for municipal utility systems about trenchless construction alternatives and primarily pipe bursting and the benefits they offer. We also anticipate development of a pipe bursting inspector training program.”

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