Assessment of Aging Asbestos Cement Pipe Systems
1 hour 5 minutes
Gain the tools to assess the condition and remaining service life of asbestos cement pipes.
Thousands of miles of asbestos-cement (AC) pipe in North America are reaching the end of their expected service life, although actual service life depends largely on pipe condition and working environment. AC pipe applications include water distribution systems, sanitary sewers, and industrial process piping. As typical replacement or rehabilitation costs for underground systems at greater than $1M per mile, system managers and owners must determine where to focus limited funds and how to optimize mainline replacement. This workshop provides AC pipe system operators with the tools necessary to assess the condition and remaining service life of AC pipes within their specific system. Application of these tools will be demonstrated using actual case studies.
• You will be able to identify typical AC pipe degradation mechanisms.
• You will be able to describe environmental and operational factors affecting AC pipe degradation and failure rates.
• You will be able to discuss AC pipe condition assessment techniques.
• You will be able to explain implementation of results from AC pipe condition assessment in remaining service life analysis.