What is in the SuDS toolbox?

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In 2015 the planning regulations in England and Wales were amended to ‘expect’ Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) to be included in all new housing developments of 10 or more homes. SuDS is about dealing with rain where it falls, this is in contrast to conventional drainage solutions which carry run-off from a development to… Read more »

Work safer AND save time and money

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The Concrete Pipe Lifter is a safer way to offload, handle and install pipes whilst simultaneously speeding up operations and reducing costs. You simply attach it to your excavator using the quick–hitch coupling. The Pipe Lifter has no slings or chains that hands could get trapped in, and requires no additional power requirements or hydraulic links. By… Read more »

Newsletter: Spring / Summer 2016

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Welcome to the Spring / Summer 2016 issue of Pipelines, your eNewsletter from the Concrete Pipeline Systems Association. Concrete has been a high performance, long-lasting material of choice for drainage engineers for over 150 years. Its durability is not in question but the benefits of a strong, heavy and rigid material in use can be… Read more »

Heavyweight Champion – the headlines explained

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Concrete pipeline systems have been part of the backbone to the UK’s sewerage network for over 150 years for good reason. The inherent strength of precast concrete products, their durability and their availability in a wide choice of sizes and cross-sectional shapes has made them a favourite choice. This blog adds some of the detail behind… Read more »

Sewer Asset Management under a Totex regime

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The introduction of asset management period six, known as AMP6 by industry regulator Ofwat has seen water company costs measured on a total expenditure basis for the first time, which requires the proper consideration of the long term performance of assets in addition to capital cost efficiencies. The five year period of AMP6 between April… Read more »

Why is it so important to limit the deflection of flexible pipes?

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This blog focuses on deflection of flexible (e.g. plastic) sewer pipelines and aims to inform the reader so that appropriate decisions can be made when designing, specifying, buying, installing and operating a sewer pipeline.   It is vitally important that users understand the differences between flexible pipes such as plastic and rigid pipes such as… Read more »

SuDS! Latest Issue of ‘Pipelines’ online now

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The latest issue of Pipelines, CPSAs eNewsletter focuses on sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). It contains an excellent case study at Susdrain.org where a residential development in Leicestershire used a combination of soft landscaped SuDS features and precast concrete SuDS components. Also featured is information on latest SuDS technical guidance and standards in England and Wales… Read more »

Newsletter: Winter 2015/16

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Welcome to the Winter 2015/16 issue of Pipelines, your eNewsletter from the Concrete Pipeline Systems Association. It’s a sad fact that the need for effective surface water management, flood prevention and resilience tends to get insufficient attention until we are confronted with the problem. But we do have the tools to make a real difference…. Read more »

The advantages to be gained from working with precast concrete pipeline manufacturers

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Stuart Crisp, Business Development Director of the Concrete Pipelines System Association explains the advantages to be gained from working with precast concrete pipeline manufacturers to deliver the optimum drainage solution. The more challenging a pipeline project the more important it is that contractor, distributor, manufacturer and client work effectively together to deliver the optimum drainage… Read more »

Inertia: Why it is important for buried sewerage infrastructure and why concrete outperforms other pipeline materials.

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Wikipedia defines inertia as the resistance of any physical object to any change in its state of motion (this includes changes to its speed, direction or state of rest). It is the tendency of objects to keep moving in a straight line at constant velocity.  So, why is inertia important for buried sewerage structures? Without (lots… Read more »