RehabZone A Home Run For UCT Attendees

April 2013, Vol. 68 No. 4

Individual stations in the RehabZone include the NASSCO Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) and Inspector Training Certification Program (ITCP), closed circuit television (CCTV), bypass pumping, sectional CIPP lining, joint and seal repairs, water main lining, lateral lining, grouting, root control, manhole linings and coatings, and emerging technologies.

“I thought we had good traffic through ‘RZ’ this year,” said George Kurz, P.E., DEE, a consulting engineer from Madison, TN, who worked one of the stations, and has been involved in the RehabZone from its beginning. “People in our industry are strongly oriented to ‘hands-on’ displays, and Jon Schladweiler does that well in the historic section.

“I think the inclusion of demonstrations -- especially for the lateral work -- has given a big boost to interest. It is hard to say if the interest in the lateral demos has been a result of growing awareness of the significance of these components of the sewer system and for reducing I&I and improving service, or has been spurred by people getting educated. Probably the answer is some of both.

“Bottom line,” Kurz concluded, “I certainly encourage other engineers and practitioners to get involved in the RehabZone. As with many other things in life, I think people will find that they really get a lot more from the experience than they put into it.”

Positive perceptions

Jeff Maier, Denver Metro Wastewater Reclamation District, said he makes a point to go through the RehabZone at every UCT. “It’s a highlight of the show,” he said. “From the history of our industry to its rapid advances, it is a great learning tool.”

Randy Worden said 2013 UCT was his first in several years. “My primary purpose is to investigate rehabilitation technologies that we can consider using on a six-plus mile water pipeline,” he said. Worden is manager of business development and resource management for the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District, Norman, OK.

Matt Timberlake, owner/president of the Ted Berry Co., Livermore, ME, said going through the RehabZone, he saw many technologies and new developments. “There’s been amazing progress since I went through it four years ago,” he added. “It is a great experience. I’ll definitely be back.”

Visiting from Germany, Barry Powell, training and market analysis manager for Tracto-Technik GmbH, found the RehabZone provided a good overview of both the history and current methods of pipe rehabilitation.