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pressure to blow a flexible resin filled liner down
and through the old deteriorating clay tile pipe. Air
pressure then expanded the liner against the inside
of the pipe until the resin cures and hardens. The
ends of the liner were trimmed and any services
into the pipe were reopened using a pipe crawler
outfitted with a specialized cutting tool.
The cost savings of completing the project
using trenchless rehabilitation were significant
compared to conventional excavation and removal and replacement of existing pipe and road
surface, said Mike Matejka, manager of Infrastructure Planning & Delivery.
"The process is around 10 times faster than
conventional pipe replacement, which reduces
the disruption to traffic and disruption to residents
and businesses that are connected to the sewer
and rely on the roadways for access," Matejka said.
Along with the sewer re-lining project, the City
completed its six other major Capital projects
before the end of September with an approximate
value of C$4.6 million. This included water-main
replacements, storm sewer upgrades, new
sidewalks, intersection safety upgrades, and road
resurfacing work.
Proactive asset management, budget planning
and implementation, and a project management
framework focusing on efficiency and quality, all
contributed to the success of the 2019 Capital
Program, city officials said.

Virtual Reality Training Prepares
Gas Field Personnel for
Emergency Leak Calls
A new virtual reality training module for natural
gas leak emergency first responders is now
available for use by the industry. With funding
from Operations Technology Development (OTD),
GTI worked with PIXO VR to develop the training
as a better way to prepare utility personnel to be
more effective and efficient with identifying and
responding to hazardous conditions.
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virtual reality experience with intense and realistic
scenarios, combining multi-user functionality,
randomized potential hazards and simulated
consequences. For example, it includes an
emergency response simulation of a residential
neighborhood, which trainees must search
through to find and respond to a natural gas
leak. Activities incorporated in the module are
ones that utility operations and fire department
personnel might face: investigating a leak,
identifying and eliminating ignition sources,
securing the location, evacuation, ventilation,
communicating with emergency personnel, and
identifying changing conditions.
OTD is a consortium of 26 natural gas distributors in North America that facilitates collaborative
research that results in innovative solutions and
the improved safety, reliability and operational
efficiency of natural gas systems. GTI mirrors
OTD's commitment to safe and reliable infrastructure operations, and has been responsible
for establishing training centers and educating
gas personnel around the world for the past,
seven-plus decades.
The team leverages its subject matter expertise
to integrate the latest technologies, techniques
and regulatory requirements into training curriculums. Partnering with leading VR training provider
PIXO VR, GTI and OTD have created fully immersive and interactive 3D content with engaging
story lines that will help trainees retain significantly
more of what they learn.
For more information about the training, contact Ray Deatherage, GTI senior program manager
for Energy Delivery, rdeatherage@gti.energy or
847.768.0942. For information about training
availability, contact PIXO VR at ContactUs@pixovr.
com or 248.996.8298.

Belfast Completes $5.5 Million
Sewer Upgrade Project
NI Water has completed a $5.5 million (5 million
euro) upgrade of major sewers within the city center of Belfast, Northern Ireland, to reduce flooding
and improve water quality in the River Lagan.
The project, which involved major sewers
within the Ormeau Avenue/Lower Ormeau Road,
Dublin Road, Bruce Street, Sandy Row and Joy
Street areas of Belfast, will play a major role in
facilitating further development within this area of
Belfast City Centre, officials said.
"This has been a challenging project and we are
pleased to have delivered the benefits of reduced

flood risk and environmental improvement, whilst
also providing additional capacity to support economic development within this area of the city,"
said Sara Venning, NI Water's chief executive.
Some of the sewers within this area dated back
to the late 1800s and were in very poor condition.
In addition to the upgrade of the existing sewers in
the area, the project included the construction of
a new underground Wastewater Pumping Station
within an existing car park in Hardcastle Street.
At the height of construction, shoppers and
commuters on Great Victoria Street and the
Dublin Road were oblivious to the fact a large
sewer was being tunneled right under traffic
and pedestrians at a depth of two double decker
buses, NI Water said.
"Belfast City Council welcome this significant
investment by NI Water in Belfast City Centre.
It will help our city to flourish and allow for an
increase in development which is essential for the
future economic development of our city," said
John Finucane, Lord Mayor of Belfast. "We support
NI Water in its quest for continued investment in
our sewerage infrastructure, which will help the
population, the economy and the natural environment thrive and develop over the next 25 years."
NI Water has called for an additional $1.1 billion
(1 billion euro) investment in the city's water
and sewage infrastructure to support Belfast's
continued growth.

Plaquemines Parish Gets $4
million for Water Infrastructure
The federal government is giving one Louisiana
parish a $4 million grant to help improve the water
infrastructure. In a news release, the Department
of Commerce says the money is being given to
Plaquemines Parish to protect businesses from
natural disasters.
The grant from the Department's Economic
Development Administration will go toward construction of a new raw water intake pump station
for the Belle Chasse Water Treatment Plant. The
money comes from a specific federal program designed to help pay for disaster relief and recovery
as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as
well as wildfires and other natural disasters.
The grant must be matched with more than
$1 million in local money.

PPI Publishes New Documents
Two guides detailing the steps for electrofusing
joints and couplings for HDPE pipelines are


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