IPBA To Unveil New Pipe Bursting Guidelines At UCT

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | January 2012, Vol. 67 No. 1

The International Pipe Bursting Association (IPBA) has completed new guidelines for the pipe bursting process which will be introduced at the 2012 UCT Show (Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exposition), Jan. 24-26, in San Antonio, TX.

The IPBA is a division of NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies), and information about the new guidelines will be available at the NASSCO booth at UCT, said Matt Timberlake, IPBA leadership team member.

“Until now, the Trenchless Technology Center Guidelines prepared in 2001 and NASSCO guidelines released in 2004, are the most widely used standards for pipe bursting and both relate primarily to sanitary sewer replacement,” said Timberlake. “Pipe bursting in the United States has matured dramatically in the last five to 10 years and guidelines available today to industry professionals should reflect the most current information available.”

The new IPBA guidelines focus on the overall applications of pipe bursting and will be followed in 2012 with individualized documents that relate specifically to water, sewer, gas, lateral and large diameter pipe bursting.

“We believe,” Timberlake continued, “that there are many project owners and engineers who may be considering pipe bursting but have no firsthand experience and knowledge to adequately consider whether the technology is applicable to their situations. The goal of the IPBA is to be at the forefront of providing the most up-to-date information about techniques, products and applications.”

Comprehensive guidelines

Timberlake said the IPBA Pipe Bursting Guidelines is an educational guide covering the basics of pipe bursting. Basic sections of the guidelines include:

• The two primary classes of pipe bursting: static and pneumatic with industry standard definitions;
• Design considerations;
• Construction considerations;
• Geotechnical conditions and their effects on pipe bursting design and construction;
• Risk management;
• Typical layouts and pit configurations; and
• Troubleshooting in the field.

A sample specification will be available as a supplemental attachment.

Timberlake said drafters of the new guidelines have devoted intensive effort to clarifying pipe bursting terminology so that all those communicating with one another about the technology understand the common meaning of those terms.

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