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Concrete In Australia : December 2008
Concrete Pipe Association of Australasia TRAINING IN CONCRETE PIPE The Concrete Pipe Association of Australasia, representing the manufacturers of reinforced concrete pipe in Australia and New Zealand, strive to educate industry on features and benefits of concrete pipe by encouraging technically correct analysis, design, materials specification, standards setting, product selection and installation practices. It is the aim of the Association to be recognised by the stormwater, wastewater and irrigations industries as the principal source of technical knowledge and education covering all aspects of pipe and related products. To put these words into action, the CPAA is constantly involving itself in training, workshops and seminars with industry related stakeholders, as well as improving and adding to their long list of available resources. Training The CPAA makes itself available to provide internal training workshops for consultants, local government, road authorities and water authorities. In recent times the Association has presented workshops on reinforced concrete pipe technology at government authorities such as the WA Water Corporation, Melbourne Water, Vic Roads, and the RTA (where the CPAA has provided input to their annual training program for the last 3 years), to large audiences. The CPAA is also presenting a series of workshops throughout the country on their concrete pipe design selection software, PipeClass. The workshops have been well attended and are proving to be a success with drainage specification engineers at all levels. As a result of this success, the CPAA will schedule further PipeClass workshops into the 2009 program. Seminars are always an excellent forum to present new initiatives and update the industry on important changes. The CPAA annual seminars are scheduled again for 2009, and will continue to focus on critical industry related matters, such as the introduction of the revised standards AS/NZS4058 “Precast Concrete Pipes” and AS/NZS3725 “Design for installation of buried concrete pipes” in 2007. PIPE PRIZES AT UNI David Millar, Executive Director of the CPAA, at the UTS prize night in July Concrete Pipe Association of Australasia Locked bag 2011 St Leonards NSW 1590 Ph: +61 2 9903 7780 Fax: +61 2 9437 9478 Email: email@example.com Web: www.concpipe.asn.au Resources Most of the CPAA resources can be found on the web site www. concpipe.asn.au The easy to navigate site contains the software program PipeClass, available to industry at no cost, to ensure concrete pipe is designed correctly in accordance to the Standards. Technical documents on design, installation, durability, asset management and hydraulics are all available under the Technical Info and Resources section. The site also provides a copy of previous seminar presentations and papers for download, in case you missed the session or wanted to keep a copy on file. The CPAA’s newsletter, Pipeline, is released three times annually at present, and is sent to a large data base throughout the country. It is now also sent in electronic format, providing the reader with ready to use links that go directly to the web site or the software. Delegates at the Vic Roads seminar held in October PipeClass, the design software for concrete pipe selection The Concrete Pipe Association of Australasia has been developing greater ties with the academic fraternity in Australia and New Zealand. Over the last few years the Concrete Pipe Technology lecture has been delivered to hundreds of students, many of whom are now graduate civil engineers, using this information in practice. Now, to further cement these ties with the universities and the civil engineers of tomorrow, the CPAA has committed to sponsoring academic prizes at a number of engineering schools. It is hoped that this initiative will encourage today’s students to make the right choices for stormwater drainage now and for the future!