September 2020 Vol. 75 No. 9

Underground Construction Technology

The UCT Education Advantage

UCT is your source for real-world education. The program features practical solutions to challenges faced in the field. Industry experts lead the sessions and offer solutions that can be implemented on job sites immediately. The education experience begins on Monday, Jan. 25 with specialty sessions like the Pipeline Assessment & Certification Program (PACP) Recertification Course.

PACP is the North American Standard for pipeline defect identification and assessment, providing standardization and consistency to the methods in which pipeline conditions are identified, evaluated and managed. The goal of PACP is to have pipeline system owners create a comprehensive database to properly identify, plan, prioritize, manage and renovate their pipelines based on condition evaluation.

The PACP Recertification Course will recertify your current PACP certification. The class includes one day of training and the latest version of the manual. The cost to attend is $400. Registration for this course is subject to approval. For details and to register, email

Also on Monday, is the I&I ElimiNATION workshop. Virtually every sewer system has some infiltration and/or inflow (I&I), which is excess water that flows into sewer pipes from groundwater and stormwater. Groundwater (infiltration) seeps into sewer pipes through holes, cracks, joint failures, and faulty connections. Stormwater (inflow) rapidly flows into sewers via roof drain downspouts, foundation drains, storm drain cross-connections, and through holes in manhole covers.

Historically, small amounts of I&I are expected and tolerated. However, I&I is considered excessive when it is the cause of overflows or bypasses, or if the cost to transport and treat it exceeds the cost to eliminate it. In this afternoon workshop, causes and consequences of I&I will be examined, and corrective actions will be presented.

Find out what is working in I&I and why, from an asset owner. Get tips on being proactive from a consultant. Hear about the cost and consequences from a state regulator’s perspective and an engineer will present the design and value of implementing a plan. Corrective actions will be discussed in a non-competitive format.

The I&I ElimiNATION workshop is sponsored by Avanti International, Cretex Specialty Products, Madewell Products Corporation and Michels Corporation. The cost to attend is $25. To register for the I&I ElimiNATION workshop, visit

The main UCT program runs Tuesday, Jan. 26–Thursday, Jan. 28. It includes detailed case histories, engaging panel discussions and interactive presentations. Here’s a glimpse at the critical infrastructure topics that will be available to you:

  • Horizontal directional drilling
  • Sewer and water
  • Manhole rehabilitation
  • Accreditation class for Engineering Ethics

Rounding out the program is a new component exclusively for the natural gas industry – the UtiliTech Conference (UtiliTech).

Presented by Underground Construction and Gas Utility, UtiliTech is an interactive forum to learn about emerging and enhanced technologies, share operational perspectives and explore issues impacting the gas utility market. A dedicated education track on Tuesday and Wednesday will focus on high-tech solutions and information for natural gas utility management, operations, and supervisory personnel.

For more information and to register, visit

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