CPSA to support free 2015 CPD RoadSeminar programme

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CPSA will attend six Construction CPD RoadSeminar events throughout 2015. The RoadSeminar Tour itself has been running successfully for over ten years. RoadSeminar events are free to attend and will give you up to 6 CPD hours. It provides a platform for professionals to meet and learn about industry changes and developments. CPSA will be… Read more »

Newsletter: Winter 2014

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Welcome to the Winter 2014 edition of Pipelines, your eNewsletter from CPSA. In the Spring 2013 edition of Pipelines we discussed the introduction of a new National Standard for sustainable drainage (SuDS). It was expected to come into force in April 2014. Well, that didn’t happen – and we are still waiting! In the intervening… Read more »

Updated British Standard for concrete manholes paves way for precast base systems

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Off-site manufactured precast concrete base manhole systems offer some big advantages compared to traditional in-situ solutions. Clients, contractors and specifiers have, until now, been unable to take full advantage of the benefits of using a precast solution for circular manholes because the British Standard did not include a specification for the precast base unit. That… Read more »

New SuDS consultation – for better or worse?

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On 12 September 2014, Defra and DCLG launched a joint consultation document, which set out a possible approach for implementing sustainable drainage systems and mechanisms for ensuring their long term maintenance. There are some important differences between the proposed new approach and the previous direction that the industry was heading. The proposed new approach may… Read more »

Fires in sewers, combustible pipes and pipeline integrity – is it worth the risk?

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On 28th September 2014 fire-fighters were called to a fire at a building site at Cargo Fleet Lane, Middlesbrough after reports that 20 large plastic sewerage pipes had deliberately been set alight. The blaze resulted in the streets surrounding the site having to be cordoned off after the area was blanketed in a cloud of… Read more »

On the road again…for CPD Seminars

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The construction CPD RoadSeminar Tour continues in October visiting Cambridge and Nottingham. The tour will visit Menzies Cambridge Hotel on 1st October and at the Novotel in Nottingham on 2nd October. I will be presenting a seminar on ‘Surface water management using proprietary precast concrete suds systems’ at these locations. I see this as an… Read more »

Sustainable Drainage: Why, what and how?

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In the past year extreme weather events have led to devastating flash floods and the occurrence of current global climate change has caused previously rare environmental issues in the UK. As urban areas become increasingly developed, continued water management is a necessity. Although these urban drainage systems are complex networks it is possible for sustainable… Read more »

Newsletter: May 2014

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Welcome to the Spring 2014 edition of Pipelines, your eNewsletter from CPSA. An important step forward has taken place with the recent publication of of BS 5911-3 2010+A1 2014 “Concrete pipes and ancillary concrete products. Specification for unreinforced and reinforced concrete manholes and soakaways (complementary to BS EN 1917:2002) – incorporating the latest Amendment (AMD… Read more »

Examples of the innovative work being done by the precast concrete pipe industry to improve performance and competitiveness

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The development of circular precast manhole systems was introduced by the precast concrete pipeline industry in collaboration with the supply chain to provide a value engineered solution. The new manhole system comprises a circular, precast concrete base unit and new thicker-walled chamber rings with watertight flexible joints. These have the benefit of superior quality as… Read more »