Irving, Texas — The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI), announced a new Continuing Education Unit-style course about design, installation and specification of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit and duct.  “Selecting & Specifying HDPE Conduit for Power and Communications Applications” can be downloaded free from the PPI website.  PPI is the major trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry.

This one-hour course provides guidance to designers and specifiers of nonmetallic raceway (polymer conduit) for power and communications projects when selecting and specifying HDPE conduit products.  The course discusses product capabilities and benefits, common applications, typical installation techniques, and the latest industry standards.

According to Lance MacNevin, P.Eng., PPI Power & Communications Division director of engineering, “This is an impartial course that does not promote any particular manufacturer or product.  It is designed according to AIA Guidelines for continuing education and provides a full 60 minutes of valuable information. Content is based on the expertise of our member firms, with a strong focus on industry standards as well as existing PPI publications.  PPI can issue certificates to attendees of an in-person event, such as a lunch-and-learn.”

In addition, the course describes how to make the best use of recent PPI publications PPI TN-50 Guide to Specifying HDPE Conduit and PPI MS-5 Model Specification for HDPE Solid Wall Conduit for Power and Communications Applications.

HDPE conduit, also known as PE conduit, is the preferred material to house and protect electrical power and communications cables in typical applications such as fiber optic, power utilities, telecommunications, CATV, SCADA, FTTH, ITS, highway lighting, and other underground utilities.  Benefits of HDPE conduit, according to PPI, include availability in long lengths without joints, high strength, flexibility, proven reliability and installation toughness.  PE conduit, including Cable in Conduit (CIC), is widely used in trenching, horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and plowing installation methods.

Following the Learning Objectives, by the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss high density polyethylene material and its benefits in conduit applications
  • List the common applications of HDPE conduit for both power & communications
  • Describe typical installation techniques and the benefits of each
  • Introduce the latest industry standards for HDPE conduit products
  • Explain how to access a Model Specification for HDPE conduit for various applications

Tony Radoszewski, CAE, PPI president, added, “This course is a great tool for specifiers, engineers and others to acquire much of PPI’s collective knowledge about HDPE conduit in a short time.”

The course can be downloaded for free from PPI’s website, on the Power & Communications Division Education page at https://plasticpipe.org/power-comm/pcd-presentations.html.

To request an in-person or web-based delivery of the course, requests should be sent to PPI though the Contact page https://plasticpipe.org/power-comm/pcd-contact.html.

Additional information can be found at www.plasticpipe.org/power-comm.

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