New jetting standard will ease pressure on sewers

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Jetting is a critical part of operations to clear sewer blockages but care must be taken to avoid damage from high pressure hoses. With a change in British Standards BS 5911 expected to introduce mandatory tests to concrete pipes, the sector must adapt to this new reality With an increasing number of sewer blockages caused… Read more »

Concrete pipes shine with whole-life carbon analysis

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As the construction industry embraces whole-life models for carbon consumption in projects and products, a forthcoming BPDA study should demonstrate a huge benefit in concrete pipe selection, says Matthew Butcher, sustainability & product association executive, British Precast. The UK government’s push for net zero carbon by 2050 will see the developers of infrastructure projects paying… Read more »

Buried pipeline design standard brought up-to-date

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The revised standard for structural design of buried pipelines will soon bring methods into line with contemporary design practice. Marshalls CPM’s director of technical & engineering, Mark Flavell, who represented BPDA on the drafting committee, explains the importance of this update. At the end of November 2019 a revised version of British Standard BS 9295:2010… Read more »

Concern Over Uncertified Drainage Products

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British Precast, the federation trade body which includes BPDA and a number of other precast concrete product associations, issued a Press Release on Monday 2nd September about precast drainage products placed in the UK market without any visible proof of conformity to relevant provisions of British standards or sufficient Declaration of Performance as required by… Read more »

Precast Pipes expand Hong Kong housing types

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Precast drainage systems have always been associated with strength, durability and sustainability. However in Asia, traditional precast drainage components are demonstrating their versatility by becoming the basis for an affordable housing prototype. James Law Cybertecture, a leading Hong Kong based architecture studio, has developed a prototype for low-cost housing solutions made out of concrete pipes…. Read more »

Changes In Drainage

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A newly created trade association will represent the interests of the precast concrete drainage industry. The British Precast Drainage Association (BPDA) is formed from the integration of the Concrete Pipeline Systems Association (CPSA) and the Box Culvert Association (BCA) and takes its place as one of the specialist product groups within the British Precast Concrete… 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 »