Right Time, Right Opportunity For New NASSCO Executive Director

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | January 2011 Vol. 66 No. 1

Expansion -- “Based on the ground work Irv Gemora started in Canada, NASSCO now has the opportunity to extend PACP to Mexico and Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. NASSCO created a Latin American committee to address this, and we have met with ANEAS, the association that serves the Mexican water and wastewater industry.”

Additional training -- “We plan to add pipebursting and manhole rehabilitation to our tremendously successful cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) Inspector Training and Certification Program (ITCP) curriculum. This program can expand into other areas to meet the needs of the industry.”

PACP quality -- “Sustaining the quality of PACP is a high priority and will involve establishing a recertification program for users in order to maintain coding skills, as well as making sure trainers have the appropriate knowledge and experience to provide quality training. We will continue to explore and implement methods of maintaining quality in PACP.”

WEF collaboration -- “I recently met with the WEF staff to establish a productive dialog between the two organizations to benefit the industry as well as association members. One of the first topics discussed was incorporation of NASSCO’s Pipeline Assessment Certification Program into WEF’s Operations Challenge Competition.”

Outreach -- “NASSCO has active members throughout the U.S., and we are developing an outreach committee to communicate the benefits of NASSCO to include PACP and our Inspector Training and Certification Program (ITCP) for Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP), as well as other benefits of NASSCO membership.”