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This course provides you with a comprehensive overview if you have recently entered the field and a complete update if you have experience in water distribution system assessment and rehabilitation.

Course Outline

After participating in the course, you will be able to:
• Inspect and evaluate water main systems
• Recognize the importance of water distribution system rehabilitation
• Compare the benefits and limitations of various methods used in the rehabilitation of water mains
• Select the best techniques for temporary servicing of water mains
• Choose the appropriate liner system


Since potable water is an essential service, the infrastructure it is conveyed in is regularly inspected, maintained and rehabilitated.  Since the methods used for water main rehabilitation are constantly evolving, engineers and technologists must understand the benefits and limitations of each method in order to make an informed decision on which method is best for a particular situation.

The ASCE has determined that over 6 billion gallons of treated water are lost every day in the United States.  There has been no quantification in Canada, but it is not uncommon to read or hear of watermain failures ranging from domestic services to large diameter transmission mains.

This course provides you with a comprehensive overview if you have recently entered the field and a complete update if you have experience in water distribution system assessment and rehabilitation.


• To introduce participants to the causes of water main failure and cost-effective methods for rehabilitation.
• To familiarize participants with the latest techniques to inspect and maintain water main systems, and maintenance considerations.
• To provide an understanding of lining systems and their design, as well as the process to assess if lining is a viable option.

Who Should Attend

Public works directors, water distribution managers, municipal engineers, municipal public works superintendents , managers/directors of engineering for industries and large institutional complexes or military bases, consulting engineers, design and construction managers, approvals inspectors, water department operation superintendents /supervisors, managers of system operations, engineering assistants, technologists, utility foremen, crew leaders and O and M supervisors, public service agencies and regulators, manager of technical services, contractors, suppliers and other technical individuals involved in the mapping, tracing, maintenance, rehabilitation and upgrading of water distribution systems.

Special Features

This course provides an opportunity for in-class demonstrations. There will also be a discussion on the various methods used in the rehabilitation of water mains and the criteria for selecting the most effective method.
Since the instructors have field experience in the course topic area; they can understand and answer your questions from their hands-on experience.

Program Outline

Day I

8:00      Registration and Coffee

8:20      Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

8:30      Introduction to Asset management
              Khaled Shahata
            • Reviewing the existing state-of-the-art current asset management practices 
            • Introduction to condition assessment / risk assessment techniques
            • Introduction to water mains life cycle costing 
            • A case study for city of Hamilton

9:15      Inspection and Evaluation Methods for Existing Water Mains
              Khaled Shahata

            • How to conduct inspection
            • What to check/test
            • Non-destructive monitoring and inspection techniques
            • Documenting and analysis of report data for condition assessment

10:20    Refreshments and Networking

10:35    Lining Systems
              George Bontus

            • Intro to liners and lining systems
            • Why line?
            • Pressure pipe liners
            • Liner Classification – AWWA/CEN
            • Liner characteristics
            • Liner Families
            • Innovations in Lining Technologies

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Liner Design 
              George Bontus

            • Design Considerations
            • Defining service conditions
            • Selecting the appropriate liner and/or system
            • Design standards for structural and semi-structural liners
            • Designing liner families
            • Connections to existing systems

2:15      Installation Practices
              George Bontus

            • Main lining
            • Liner termination and reconnection to existing system

2:50      Refreshments and Networking

3:10      Cleaning and CCTV Inspection
              George Bontus
            • Common pre-lining cleaning methods
            • Pre- and Post- Lining CCTV Inspections

3:40      Temporary Servicing and Disinfection
              George Bontus

            • Temporary servicing requirements and methods
            • Main and temporary service disinfection

4:30      Adjournment

Day II 

8:30      A Chronological Account of Progress in Rehabilitation 
              Khaled Shahata
            • History of water main rehabilitation

9:15      Cleaning and Cement Mortar Re-Lining of Water Mains: An Owner’s Perspective
              Khaled Shahata
            • Identifying the need for water main rehabilitation
            • Replacement vs. rehabilitation, establishing an effective balance
            • Cost effectiveness of rehabilitation
            • Establishing short and long range plan for rehabilitation
            • Life cycle cost analysis for water main rehabilitation

10:15    Refreshments and Networking

10:30    Why Is Rehabilitation A Necessity? And, What Are The Real Benefits?
              Khaled Shahata

            • Internal/external corrosion of water mains
            • Leak rate escalation on cast/ductile iron pipes
            • System performance determines the best rehabilitation technique 
            • Condition rating models 
            • Deterioration models

12:00  Lunch

12:45    Critical Water Main Management Framework: A Case Study
              Khaled Shahata
              • Overall management approach
              • Various tool sets required for critical water main management
              • Prototype conditioning rating tool (City of Hamilton)
              • Integrated Decision-Support Framework (City of Guelph)
              • Decision framework for annual planning cycles

2:00      Refreshments and Networking

2:15      Close Fit PE Case Studies
              George Bontus
            • Radial reduction project 
            • Fold and form project

3:15      CIPP Lining Case Study
             George Bontus
4:00      Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

4:30      Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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