The International Pipes Conference has opened an online database containing all its papers since its first convention in 1970 in Southampton (UK) until their most recent event in Las Vegas in 2018. Over one thousand papers are included in what represents a major technical and commercial source of information derived from the world of plastic pipe technology.
This collection of papers covers a wide range of subject matter that includes landmark reference projects, novel applications, installation methods and design, environmental issues, technical standards and testing, new systems, raw materials and additives, scientific advances, new systems and prototyping, no-dig solutions, manufacturing expertise as well as industry and trade aspects.
David Fink, current chairman of PPCA, the organization behind the global conference and exhibition, explains: “We have amassed a rich source of knowledge and experience by collating these documents. In looking all the way back to 1970, you see that most of the presentations have a lasting relevance for the industry. From the use of electronic microscopy for analyzing the molecular performance of our pipe systems to the industrial use of plastic pipes for a sugar refinery in the Caribbean, this online database is a modern library. It is the history of an idea that is forever evolving.“
Fink is convinced that the online database will appeal to a varied audience. “It will be of direct interest to all those involved in the plastic pipe industry - from raw materials through to manufacture and distribution. Technical bodies associated with the industry should also find the content very useful. Civil engineers in the building sector and in gas, water and sewer utility companies could also value the online database. Plastic pipes provide a whole world of versatile and sustainable solutions as witnessed by the many fascinating examples provided.”
The Online database is very easy and simple to use. You can search by title, author, keyword, tag or by selecting the conference. Only thing you need to do is to register with a valid email address. Once you have found the paper you can read it, download or print it out.
We wish you all good reading and enjoy the vast knowledge that is now available online.