Webinar Recap: Key Updates in the Drainage and Wastewater Industry

   17 June 2024         Blogs

Webinar Recap: Key Updates in the Drainage and Wastewater Industry

Develop Training recently hosted a highly informative webinar discussing the latest updates in the drainage and wastewater industry. This event, held in partnership with WinCan and the Water Jetting Association (WJA), covered a wide range of crucial topics, including: 

  • The WJA’s latest Code of Practice, ‘Purple Code’. This CoP will support safe and productive water jetting in the lowest of the NACE pressure bands. It introduces a new operational standard and health & safety framework. 
  • The latest sewer inspection technology. 
  • Updates to sewer classifications. 
  • Changes to the expiration of MSCC4. 
  • Training requirements and available courses. 

If you missed the live event, don’t worry, you can watch the on-demand recording here. 

An unmissable opportunity for those working in drainage & wastewater 

Our panel of experts are: 

 

Danny Connor kicked off the session with an overview of the updated training certificates required for surveyors, explaining the steps to obtain these certificates. Following on, Paul Woodhouse showcased WinCan’s innovative drainage surveying solutions, highlighting how they can revolutionise industry practices. 

Tony King delved into the MSCC qualifications, discussing the transition from MSCC4 to MSCC6, and the governing bodies of the CCTV industry. Gordon Taylor from the Water Jetting Association concluded the presentations with detailed updates on the ‘Purple Code’ and the essential risk assessments required. 

The webinar wrapped up with a Q&A session, addressing questions submitted by attendees. Below are some of the key questions and responses: 

Q&A Highlights 

Q: What is the timeframe for CCTV personnel to update to MSCC5, given the potential financial burden on companies? 

A: The SING Group has set April 2024 as the expiration date for MSCC4, allowing a two-year transition to MSCC5. The recommended approach is through Develop’s two-day conversion course, OS30. Check available dates: https://www.developtraining.co.uk/courses/water-and-environmental/sewers-water-jetting/pipe-sewer-condition-conversion-to-mscc/ 

Q: Are there any challenges in applying MSCC Codes to composite and flexible pipes? 

A: This has been raised by various committees and we feel that the existing codes within MSCC5 are sufficient.  However when you start looking at scoring and grading it does become a different matter and we know some work is being done on composite and plastic pipes. If you feel there are examples of defects you would like to be code or you think there’s a lack of a code to cover the defect please forward them to us and we can take them to the UK steering group. It might be something we can get into MSCC6.  

If you have examples you would like to be included in MSCC6 please email marketing@developtraining.co.uk and your response will be forwarded to the relevant bodies. 

Q: How do current systems cope with coding of GRP Pipes and subsequent condition grading given that such pipes are composite in construction?” 

A: Paul Woodhouse replied “With AI, what we need to train the models that detect the features in the pipes, is material. We need pictures, videos and examples of the materials and the defects we are trying to find. We have some GRP but certainly more material would be a good thing. We need thousands and thousands of individual images to train the model on particular defects. We have some but we could always use more. We are looking for those defects but the more material we have the better it is. Then the subsequent condition grading is the same as Tony said previously. What we are doing inside the AI is looking for a defect, the way that it gets graded, scored and classified inside the software is irrelevant really whether it’s AI or human.” 

Q: What is the current recommended training and/or procedure for jetting from a full or surcharged manhole chamber? 

 A: Gordon Taylor replied “There are two ways to deal with this. If you have a combination unit with vacuum or a gully truck, there you would empty out that manhole. If you couldn’t do that, you should go down stream to the next manhole which is empty and begin jetting from there. If you cannot see the pipe it is not safe to put a jetting hose down there, as you do not know what is at the end of the pipe.” 

Q: How can we get the authorities to accept our data transferring? We still have major authorities asking for DVD and paper reports we are investing in these great programmes, but we feel the authorities are not developing along with our standards. 

 A: Paul responded with, “Really it is about education, we need to get out there, and we can certainly help you with that. We need to show the clients the benefit of these systems, if they are still receiving DVD and paper reports they are absolutely still in the cycle, as mentioned in the WinCan presentation. They are in a position of data loss if they are receiving a DVD, it won’t be used down the line, it will get lost in a draw and forgotten about. There are systems where we could transfer that but we need to get them into the digital world and we can only really do that through education and showing them the benefits.” 

Watch the Webinar On-Demand 

To view the full webinar on-demand, you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/ZnsV2mRZtsY?si=wFm2D0m6ZUkKoFZi 

For any questions regarding the new regulations and systems, feel free to email marketing@developtraining.co.uk and we will pass your query onto the relevant team member. 

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