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Pre-Conference Workshops

*Note: Attendees must be registered for the Conference (full or daily) to be able to register for the pre-conference workshops.

**Note: All times listed below are MST.

Saturday, July 27

8:00 am – 12:00 pm | 54- Large Diameter Pipeline Users Forum: Management and Innovation of Transmission Mains

1:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Large Diameter Users Only Session (Included with Am Session)


  • Graham Bell, PhD, PE, FNACE, F.ASCE, Research Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee 
  • John W. Norton, Jr., PhD., PE, Director of Energy, Research, & Innovation, Great Lakes Water Authority  
  • Jayson Melcher, P.E., Water Transmission Engineer, North Texas Municipal Water District
  • Kylie Pelzer, Civil Engineer, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • Anna Pridmore, PhD, P.E., M.ASCE, Structural Technologies
  • Todd King, P.E., Chief Resiliency Officer, Great Lakes Water Authority
  • Jesi Lay, P.E., Lead Engineer – Transmission Mains and Condition Assessment - WaterOne
  • Peter Gaskamp, P.E., Project Engineer, WaterOne
  • Greg Sattler, Manager of Advanced Planning and Hydraulics, Cleveland Water
  • Ad Shatat, Co-Founder APPIA Pipeline Solutions
  • Russ Dueck, P.Eng., Infrastructure Engineer, Associated Engineering
  • Sclater Paterson, P.Eng., Leader of Operational Performance, City of Calgary
  • Toby Weickert, P.Eng., Operations Engineer, City of Calgary
  • Kyle Hentschel, Infrastructure Engineer, City of Calgary

The workshop will focus on addressing large diameter issues and solutions important to owners. The organizers are focused on bringing innovative approaches and solutions as well as tried and true methodologies.

The Large Diameter Forum was an outgrowth of the independent PCCP User's Group (PUG) meeting that started in the late 1990's. The PUG meeting was led by utilities and had as one of its key aspects a utility owner only session after a morning open session to allow PCCP owners to speak freely and discuss with candor and anonymity their issues along with the presentations during the morning open session. Many utilities have stated that this was the best part of the meetings and other groups (AWWA Condition Assessment Committee) has instigated a similar schedule and approach. This year, the organizers are proposing that we return to a similar format with an open session in the morning followed by a couple of hours utility only closed session. We believe this will improve the communication and desirability for the meeting to utilities.

In addition, with the meeting in Calgary, the organizers have made an effort to bring in Canadian utilities to bring the northern experience to the meeting.

Fee: EB: $195 | ADV: $220 | FIN: $245

8:00 am – 12:00 pm | 77- Mastering Live Infrastructure: A Deep Dive into Advanced Hot Tapping Techniques


  • Brandon Pater, CET, AScT, Director of Engineering & Business Development, Pacific Flow Control Ltd
  • Dustin Erickson, P.Eng., PMP, RMP, PMI-SP, Lead Senior Engineer, Metro Vancouver Regional District (GVRD)

Explore proven and modern pipeline technologies, which allow for live infrastructure work without system shutdown or interruption to services. We’ll take a comprehensive look at hot tapping, line stopping, valve insertion, nitrogen line freezing and live repair material, to name a few.

Join our workshop to delve into large-diameter and high-pressure water and sewer hot taps and line stops, uncovering their evolution from early 1900s roots to today's sophisticated procedures. Gain technical insights into newer to Canada methods, such as valve inserts and nitrogen line freezing, for keeping infrastructure operational without shutdowns. Discover innovations in RCP/PCCP/Fiberglass/HDPE hot tapping, tackling challenges like tangential, angled and “no-valve” hot tapping, and mastering large diameter (>48") and high-pressure (>250 PSI) line stops. 

Safety and quality excellence are prioritized. We cover various pipe materials, including PVC, AC, CI, DI, HDPE, and PCCP and look at each material’s strengths and weaknesses. Our goal is to empower you with knowledge and tools for a safe working environment without shutdown or interruption to services.

Fee: EB: $195 | ADV: $220 | FIN: $245

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | 147- MOP 108 3rd Edition - Pipeline Design of Installation By Horizontal Directional Drilling


  • Eric Skonberg, PE, M.ASCE; Trenchless Engineering Corp; President
  • Webb Winston, PE, M.ASCE; Williams; Principal Engineer
  • Mark Miller, PE, M.ASCE; GeoEngineers; Principal Engineer
  • Michelle Macauley, PE, M.ASCE; Macauley Expert Services; Managing Partner
  • Jim Williams, PE. M.ASCE; Brierley Associates; Senior Associates
  • Maureen Carlin, PhD, MBA, M. ASCE; Garver; Infrastructure Practice Leader, Trenchless & Tunneling
  • Luke Bever, PE, M.ASCE; JD Hair & Associates; Project Manager
  • Roz Javadizadeh; Stantec; Construction Manager

The first edition of “Pipeline Design for Installation by Horizontal Directional Drilling” (MOP 108) was published by ASCE in 2005. The second edition came out in 2014. The manual of practice addresses the planning, design, and installation considerations for major pipeline, cables or duct segments installed by horizontal directional drilling (HDD). HDD is a trenchless installation method used to install pipes and pipelines and is accomplished using a specialized horizontal drilling rig with ancillary tools and equipment. It is separate from other installation methods such as micro-tunneling, auger boring, or pipe ramming which are addressed in other Manuals of Practice.   

Fee: EB: $195 | ADV: $220 | FIN: $245


Sunday, July 28

8:00 am – 12:00 pm | 56- Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe (PCCP) Management and Assessment


  • Derek Phillips, P.Eng., Program Engineer, Asset Reliability Representative of pipe owner (City of Ottawa-Capital of Canada) in Ontario, Canada
  • Yan Lan, P.Eng., M.Eng., Representative of pipe manufacture (DECAST)
  • Kevin R. Baas, P.E.,  Representative of pipe manufacture, President American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association
  • Xiangjie Kong, Ph.D.  Representative of electromagnetic technology concept (INSIGHT)
  • Sebastien Perrier, Ph.D., Representative of Dynamic Response Imaging technology concept (KenWave)
  • Alain Lalonde, P.Eng., Representative of pressure logger (GCRTech Brand)
  • Rabia Mady, P.Eng., Consulting Engineer - Representative of a consultant (GHD) and mediator/facilitator of the discussion

Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe (PCCP) is widely used to construct large-diameter transmission and feeder Watermains. While PCCP owners are charged with maintaining and renewing PCCP assets within the bounds of available funding levels, PCCP assets continue to age and degrade with time. Hence, PCCP owners face increased exposure to liability and risk and therefore implementing state-of-the-art inspections is paramount to managing PCCP assets. While field data is important to prioritize and/or assess PCCP, owners of PCCP assets may have different challenges, objectives, and requirements that they expect from the traditional PCCP assessment providers including consultants, manufacturers, and technology vendors. Condition assessment provides us with a snapshot in time of the PCCP asset's physical condition. However, inspection results should be used in an asset management framework to enable decision-makers to make sound decisions, not only on renewal needs but also on how to leverage PCCP inspection findings to manage PCCP assets.

This session will discuss the different aspects of implementing PCCP assessment management ranging from manufacturing, assessment, engineering, and pipe owner points of view and the methods to connect the dots between all aspects of the PCCP lifecycle.

Fee: EB: $195 | ADV: $220 | FIN: $245

8:00 am – 12:00 pm | 231- Protecting Your Asset - The Cooperation Between Cathodic Protection Systems and Pipeline Coatings

Lead: Tim O'Toole, Executive Vice President, Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association


  • Kyle G. Couture, PE, Territory Manager, American SpiralWeld Pipe Company
  • Kyle Sand, P.Eng., AMPP CP3, AMPP CIP Level 1 Technical Sales Engineer, Corrpro Canada
  • Gino Sinchovich, NACE CIP Level 1 Certified, NACE Protective Coatings Specialist Level 2, Global Market Manager - Water Transmission Infrastructure, Sherwin-Williams
  • Cindy Patton, AMPP CIP Level II, Regional Sales Manager, Seal for Life Industries 
  • Brian Cheshire, AMPP Senior Certified Coatings Inspector (NACE Level 3), Director of Sales - Water/Wastewater, Tnemec Co., Inc.
  • Brett P Simpson, P.E., Project Engineer, AMERICAN Spiralweld Pipe Company
  • Clayton Simons, Senior Sales Representative, AMERICAN Ductile Iron and SpiralWeld Pipe

Often the industry asks the question about pipeline design life.  More often than not, the response is “it depends”.  While there are several items under the “it depends” category one that stands out arguably most is cathodic protection.  When is cathodic protection needed? What are the types of cathodic protection available?  How does the cathodic protection system work in conjunction with the pipeline coating?

These questions will be answered by subject matter experts from corrosion protection services, and manufacturers of pipeline coatings and joint coatings.

This 4-hour workshop covers details of active versus passive cathodic protection and the theory of the design, and how the design and function of cathodic protection work in conjunction to protect the pipeline. Owners, designers, specifiers, and installers of pipelines would benefit from the workshop.

Session Objectives

  • Fundamentals of Cathodic Protection (CP) Design
  • Relationship between CP design and common pipeline coatings
  • Explain CP design at/through joints and joint coatings
  • Present typical pipeline coatings for buried steel pipelines

Fee: EB: $195 | ADV: $220 | FIN: $245

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | 295- Large Equipment Owners Forum


  • Michael Thomas, PE, Capital Programs Unit Manager, Engineering Services, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Kevin Kearns, PE, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Engineering Services, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Billy J. Fields, AWS Certified Welding Inspector, AWS Certified Welding Supervisor, AMPP Certified Coating Inspector, Level 3, AMPP Concrete Coatings Inspector Level 2, Accurate Inspections, LLC
  • Randy Potter, President/CEO, Unico Mechanical Corp.
  • Javier Garcia, PE, Team Manager, Engineering Services – Construction Management, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Shelly Hattan, PE, CCM, Resident Engineer, Tarrant Regional Water District
  • Tim O’Shea, PE, Engineering Project Manager, Val-Matic Valve & Mfg. Corp.
  • Zak Hughes, Lead Design Engineer, Ross Valve Mfg. Co., Inc.

Various municipalities and owners have been working together to try to unify procurement of large, reliable equipment. Attendees will be given a peek into their efforts. The current focus is on unifying large diameter butterfly valves. Topics of discussion will be focused on material selection and inspection challenges. The final segment will be an open Panel discussion with owners and valve manufacturers to spur constructive dialogue.

Fee: EB: $195 | ADV: $220 | FIN: $245

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | 63- Technology Exchange: Rehabilitation Project Arc from Planning thru Construction


  • Christopher Garrett, P.Eng., National Practice Leader – Conveyance Infrastructure, Brown and Caldwell 
  • Laurie Perkins, PE. Training Director, NASSCO
  • Chris Macey, P.Eng., Americas and Global Technical Practice Leader, AECOM
  • Eric Haenlein, Director of Engineering, Inliner Solutions 
  • Dennis Pivin, Director Health, Safety and Environmental, NASSCO
  • Jerry Weimer, President, Jerry Weimer Consulting, LLC 

This is a technology exchange that will provide guidance on the development and construction arc for rehabilitation using trenchless technologies. The sessions will focus on industry standards and technologies for condition assessment of gravity assets; a review of the most common rehabilitation technologies for gravity (comparing to pressure applications where appropriate); and construction inspection recommendations for each of these reviewed rehabilitation technologies. By leveraging NASSCO’s technical committees and the combined 200+ years’ experience of NASSCO’s Technical Advisory Council, a more objective offering of information is provided reflecting NASSCO’s mission of setting the industry standard for the assessment, maintenance, and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. Our shared ideas will reflect our commitment to ethical standards of professional conduct for our industry by presenting opinion based on cited empirical evidence that uses NASSCO’s training library as a basis for the presented information.

Fee: EB: $195 | ADV: $220 | FIN: $245



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