November 2019 Vol. 74 No. 11


PPI Introduces New Technical Director

Patrick Vibien, P.Eng., was appointed to leadership roles overseeing three areas of The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI). As technical director he guides the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC 138, and serves as the liaison with industry organizations and spokesperson on technical matters. He takes over as technical director from Sarah Patterson, who now focuses all her attention as chairman of PPI’s Hydrostatic Stress Board (PPI HSB). 

He is also director of engineering for the Power and Communications Division (PCD), which focuses on the use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit in power, telecommunications, CATV, SCDA, FTTH, ITS, underground and other applications. Along with managing division projects, consultants and staff, he is its spokesperson with various industry organizations, standard and code bodies, and other forums.

As director of Education, he oversees and supports efforts of the PPI Education Committee
to develop platforms that increase awareness of plastic pipe and its applications and promote proper engineering design and installation.

Vibien assumes the PCD and education responsibilities from Lance MacNevin, P.Eng., who continues as director of engineering for PPI’s Building and Construction Division (BCD).

“We needed to add Patrick because of the growth Sarah and Lance have created in the PPI HSB, BCD and PCD divisions,” said Peter Zut of KraussMaffei, chairman of the PPI board of directors.

“Our association is a strong voice of the industry known for technical expertise, marketing and research programs, and advocacy at the state and federal levels. We know Patrick will enable PPI to continue those successes and more.”


Plastics Pipe Institute Inc., (469) 400-1044,


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