Jamestown, North Dakota engineering company Interstate Engineering was certified earlier this month in cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) installation inspection. Sixteen of its employees are now able to inspect CIPP jobs throughout the state.
TheJamestown Sun reports that the employees were granted the certification after completing a two-day training session administered by the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSC). Engineers and construction workers entered the training session together in order to improve their knowledge of and skills for CIPP installation.
The training session, known as the Inspector Training and Certification Program (ITCP), is just one of several CIPP-related programs offered by NASSC. The ITCP course is intended to instruct professionals in the field of pipe and sewage system installation the intricacies of CIPP installation as well as the contractual requirements that often come with it.
“Given the advancements in the cured-in-place technology, we see this as a long term solution,” said Lonni Fleck, Vice President and Principal Engineer with Interstate Engineering. “Compared to traditional open cut methods and other trenchless methods, cured-in-place technology can provide a more economical and less disruptive solution. Having our staff certified provides clients with further assurances that the work being performed accurately and to specifications. This translates into a more sustainable product.”
CIPP technology, which is commonly referred to as “trenchless pipe replacement,” was first developed in the 1970s in the United Kingdom. Although the technique was brought to the United States later that decade, it didn’t start to catch on until 10 to 15 years ago. As liner and resin technology advanced over the years, CIPP installation became less risky but more cost-effective for the construction industry. The method is especially useful for repairing and replacing old, damaged, and leaking pipelines for a number of applications. Originally developed for sewage system pipelines, the method can be used for practically any kind of pipeline.