Most municipalities struggle to keep ahead of sewer maintenance needs with limited personnel and budget. No effort can be wasted, and standardization of how sewer condition is documented helps make the process more efficient.
The Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program (PACP) is a standardized protocol for documenting inspection of wastewater pipes using closed-circuit television equipment. PACP helps reduce operator subjectivity during inspections and yields data that is more uniform, shareable and conducive to computer analysis.
Benefits of PACP
Utilizing PACP in your sewer inspections has many benefits. One is being able to compare different sections of pipe to prioritize maintenance and repair activities. Because the inspection data has all been created with the same benchmark, the decision-making process is simpler, and it leaves more room to focus on the most urgent sections.
In addition, PACP allows you to compare a current inspection with a previous inspection.
“Historical comparisons are critical to making informed decisions regarding rates of deterioration,” says Marilyn Shepard, master trainer for NASSCO. With the scarcity of resources, many municipalities can only inspect in five to ten year intervals. In that time, personnel, equipment, technology and procedures can all change. These types of changes have a profound effect on the inspection data and on how a city understands the condition of its collection system. PACP brings continuity to how data is observed and recorded.
With data records that look the same year to year, update to update and section to section, municipalities have a greater understanding of their collection system and are able to make smarter decisions. PACP provides consistency which allows data to be computer-analyzed and for automated generation of maintenance strategies that most effectively minimize risk and maximize return on investment. With better data, sewer maintenance is smarter, safer and more efficient.
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