PPI Municipal Advisory Board celebrates 15 years

The Municipal Advisory Board (MAB) of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) recently celebrated its 15-year anniversary.

Formed in May 2008, the MAB serves as an independent, non-commercial adviser to the Municipal & Industrial Division of PPI, and is made up of industry experts who volunteer their time and expertise to improve the design, installation and operation of municipal high-density polyethylene (HDPE) water piping systems.

The event featured a team of experts organized by PPI’s Camille George Rubeiz, P.E., F. ASCE, co-chair of Municipal Advisory Board and senior director of engineering, Municipal and Industrial Division of PPI. “This group can objectively advise municipalities on issues related to HDPE piping systems,” he said.  “It is also the goal of MAB to improve the standards, design and installation of HDPE systems. The members lend their expertise to performing joint research on HDPE systems to resolve or clarify issues, and also to better understand and address the needs of the municipalities primarily throughout North America and Europe.”

Recently, MAB issued technical document MAB-9, MAB-9, Design of HDPE Water Mains for the Lateral Spread Seismic Hazard, updated MAB-01, the MAB Generic Electrofusion Procedure for Field Joining of 12 Inch and Smaller Polyethylene (PE) Pipe, and conducted several of its seminars that train utility operators on the proper fusion and electrofusion methods for HDPE water piping systems. 

“This is the only class in the country that is 100 percent focused on HDPE water systems,” said Rubeiz.  “And the MAB website, plasticpipe.org/MABpubs, is the prime website within PPI that contains the full library of MAB documents, articles, papers and software.”

PPI’s MAB has grown to include municipalities members and contributors from across the United States, Canada and Europe. In addition, the group has representation from municipalities, college professors, contractors and engineering firms that bring together years of experience and expertise in potable water and wastewater piping infrastructure systems.

“The formation of the MAB within PPI was a game-changer as far as identifying the resources needed by municipalities considering use of HDPE piping systems,” added David M. Fink, president of PPI. “MAB supports the utilities and PPI in the development of installation guidelines, calculators, and education for advancing the proper use of HDPE piping systems. These tools have further advanced the opportunities for the correct design, installation, and operation of HDPE piping systems.

“The 15th year is known as the Crystal Anniversary,” Rubeiz added, “symbolizing clarity and durability.  MAB is now widely known for bringing clarity in helping engineers design long life, leak-free systems, plus we are a very durable group as evidenced by our longevity of 15 years that will continue for many more years.”

Additional information and technical documents can be found at plasticpipe.org/municipaladvisoryboard.

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