|[February 05, 2013]
Plastics Pipe Institute Launches Free On-Line Water Pipeline Planning Program
IRVING, Texas --(Business Wire)--
The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) today announced new, free,
on-line plastic pipe pressure design software for water distribution,
transmission main systems and force mains. Called PPI PACE for Plastics
Pipe Institute Pipeline Analysis & Calculation Environment, the Beta
version is available at www.ppipace.com.
"PPI PACE allows engineers and industry professionals to easily perform
plastic pipe pressure pipe design calculations in accordance with
current published AWWA and ASTM industry standards," stated Tony
Radoszewski, executive director of the PPI. "The web-based program will
assist professionals in the selection of appropriate pipe class for th
required design life by providing an easy-to-use tool that is consistent
with these existing standards and practices. PPI PACE was constructed by
two experienced and renowned engineers." PPI is the major trade
association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry.
Standards used include AWWA C900, AWWA C901, AWWA C905, AWWA C906 plus
ASTM F714 and ASTM D2241.
Input parameters for PPI PACE include Type of Materials and Pipe Size,
Pipeline Length, Design Velocity for Recurring and Occasional Surges,
Working Pressure, Anticipated Recurring Surges, Temperature, and Minimum
Design Life. PPI PACE produces a summary report and then pressure and
life charts comparing PE4710, ASTM-F714, PE4710 AWWA-C906 and PVC
AWWA-C900, for example.
The principal authors of the PPI project were Dr. Karl Lawrence of
eTrenchless Consulting Ltd (Waterloo, Ontario) and Dr. Mark A. Knight,
P. Eng., an associate professor and executive director of the Center for
the Advancement of Trenchless Technology (CATT) at the University of
Waterloo (Ontario). "This is the same team that developed PPI-BoreAid
and BoreAid™, the first comprehensive and preliminary HDD design tool
for trenchless applications of PE pipe used in gas distribution, water
and sewer systems," Radoszewski continued.
PPI PACE can be used with PPI's BoreAid and the PPI Design and
Engineering Calculator, which can also be found on the PPI's website: www.plasticpipe.org.
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