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NASSCO’s Inspector Training Program Gaining Momentum
In a relatively short period of time, NASSCO's Inspector Training and Certification Program (ITCP) is establishing new industry standards for inspecting cured in place pipe (CIPP) installations.
The need for the program is clear, said Gerry Muenchmeyer, P.E., Muenchmeyer Associates and NASSCO technical director.
"Virtually all other types of construction, including bridges, highways and even private homes, require inspection as part of the construction and acceptance process," said Muenchmeyer. “Since billions of dollars now are being spent on pipeline rehabilitation, it follows that inspection should be mandatory in all cases during construction. The value of the program is to provide engineers and inspectors with an awareness of the importance of inspecting every CIPP installation and to ensure that a quality product is delivered to the customer."
After the first ITCP training session was held in 2008, demand for the training has grown rapidly. By the end of June 2009, nearly 200 inspectors had been trained and certified by NASSCO.
"The industry has responded positively and several areas of the country are requiring that NASSCO-trained inspectors be on the job site during CIPP installations," said Muenchmeyer.
Added NASSCO Executive Director Irv Gemora, "ITCP training has achieved traction in the industry much faster than anticipated. The training is receiving rave reviews from those who complete it. We believe it is a very important program, and we expect that ITCP will have long term benefits for the rehabilitation industry."
Each two day ITCP training program covers five areas:
• Existing pipe defects and how they affect CIPP installations;
• Overview of CIPP technology;
• Steps required for inspecting a CIPP field installation;
• CIPP specifications and inspector guidelines; and
• Other pipeline renewal technologies, including TAG R selection software. (NASSCO's Trenchless Assessment Guide to Rehabilitation (TAG R) is a comprehensive database which selects the applicable rehabilitation process for a specific set of parameters.)
Muenchmeyer said while the content of the inspector and certification program has remained generally the same since its launch in 2008, it is updated periodically with new photos, forms and new techniques that may be developed from time to time, relative to the CIPP technology.
Those completing the course receive 1.35 continuing education units (CEUs) and for future job site reference, a course manual with hundreds of photographs. Attendees also receive Interactive TAG R software.