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ISCO Industries awarded PPI Project of the Year

ISCO Industries has been awarded the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) Project of the Year after completing the longest horizontal directional drilling (HDD) installation of high density poly ethylene (HDPE) in Canada and the US.

After a 54 inch (1,371 mm) pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe sanitary sewage force main – servicing 92,000 residents – was found to be at risk of catastrophic failure in Miami Beach, the City of Miami Beach decided to use HDD to install a 54 inch HDPE pipe.

The project was part of the city’s US$750 million five-year Capital Improvements Program to manage deteriorating infrastructure, and ISCO Industries was contracted to provide technical assistance, pipe fittings and fusion services.

Two strings of HDPE pipe – 914.5 m and 366 m ­– were installed beneath a roadway, and fused during pull through using a MegaMc® 2065 fusion machine.

“HDPE pipe is the tested and proven solution for force main rehabilitation and trenchless construction,” said PPI Municipal and Industrial Division Senior Director of Engineering Camille George Rubeiz.

“The strength and flexibility of PE4710 made it ideal for this longest and largest HDPE pull, which is literally ground-breaking and proves the material’s capabilities.

“A dedicated team of HDPE pipe supplier and manufacturer (ISCO industries and DuraLine), engineers (Brierley Associates, AECOM and others) and contractors (David Mancini & Sons, Spartan) pulled together to pool their experience and come up with a creative, innovative, and cost-effective solution to provide the City of Miami Beach with a reliable force main that will last for decades.

“It showcased the ability of HDPE to save money, time and provide innovative solutions for the City of Miami Beach and is truly worthy of the PPI Project of the Year Award for the Municipal and Industrial Division.”

PPI President Tony Radoszewski said the challenging project was deserving of the award.

“Not only was this a very long pull, but the diameter of the pipe was also a challenge in replacing the existing sanitary sewer line in Miami Beach,” he said.

“More than 1,280 m of 54 inch diameter HDPE (PE4710) pipe was used. This was quite an accomplishment and we were pleased to present the Project of the Year Award to ISCO.”

For more information visit the PPI website.

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