Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Large Diameter Sewer Rehabilitation

Jason Holden Vice President, CRO of Akkerman tells us when it comes to sewer rehabilitation, trenchless technologies have continued to develop and improve over the past 40 years

While Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) continues to be applied with the greatest success for rehabilitation of small diameter sewers, new advances in sliplining technology benefit sewer district owners facing challenges with deteriorating, large diameter sewer infrastructure. The best asset is to be aware of all current technologies available so you’re not overlooking an opportunity to implement the most suitable method for your project. With this knowledge, the most effective combination of repair, rehab, or replacement techniques can be implemented to meet the objectives of the project.

A conditional assessment of the existing infrastructure is critical before considering a rehabilitation technique. The assessment may lead to decisions where a variety of approaches are applicable throughout the sewer network. Some of the factors to consider include:

Host pipe

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The diameter, age, shape, material type, depth, slope, alignment, and number of lateral connections are just some of the major characteristics that should be known about the existing structure.

Public right-of-ways

Existing sewer lines typically lie underneath above ground public and private infrastructure such as roads, sidewalks, railroads, etc. Existing services may need to be suspended or bypassed requiring extensive preplanning.

Ground and water conditions

Rehabilitation is used to mitigate water infiltration, structural integrity, flow conditions, or any combination of these factors. E.R. Itshaky setting Akkerman SLS-100 equipment in Israel Large diameter lines are often the most difficult and costly infrastructure to take “off-line” to perform restoration services. Equipment manufacturers, pipe suppliers and trenchless contractors have worked vigorously to develop sliplining solutions to rehabilitate these systems safely and efficiently.

These efforts have allowed sliplining projects to be performed at diameters above 110in (2.8m) and distances exceeding 5,000ft (1.5km) with minimal to no bypass pumping. Serving the region for over 60 years, E.R. Itshaky was granted the project and selected an Akkerman SLS-100 sliplining system to install multiple diameters up to 2,000mm of GRP over the 4.6km span.

The longest section of the rehab project was 765m and included a 150m radius curve. Shorter lengths of GRP were used to navigate the curvature in the alignment, while the efficiency of the equipment allowed crews to install over 100m of pipe per shift.

3rd street sewer interceptor – Oakland, California

Originally constructed in the 1950’s, the South Interceptor Sewer was a 105in arch shaped reinforced concrete sewer servicing the East San Francisco Bay area. Earlier attempts had been made to rehabilitate portions of the line in 2003 with a PVC liner, however the process proved too time consuming for required service disruptions. Mladin Buntich Construction Company proposed sliplining to the East Bay Municipal Utility District as bypass pumping was cost prohibitive and flow capacity was critical. The sliplining process also provided structural integrity to the heavily corroded sewer without service disruptions to the public.

Mladin Buntich Construction used an Akkerman SLS-100 sliplining system to install the 96in HOBAS totaling 4,400lf. Sliplining was performed with no bypass pumping and was completed ahead of schedule.

To learn more about recent sliplining projects, please visit Akkerman’s website at www.akkerman.com

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