NPCA members that manufacture manholes received a big boost in 2016 that should be kept in mind as a key benefit for years to come.
Through the hard work and persistence of NPCA members, ASTM C1821/C1821M-16, “Standard Practice for Installation of Underground Circular Precast Concrete Manhole Structures” was published in June 2016.
What it means for you
The standard can be used in many ways. First, it provides a valid technical reason to set up a meeting with specifiers in your region. This could be a means to set up a formal presentation, an informal lunch meeting or even a plant tour. Using it as a tool, you are sharing important information that is relevant to specifiers’ jobs while also generating discussion about the use of quality precast concrete products. It also highlights key advantages of precast concrete.
How it happened
The effort began in 2014 when the NPCA Manhole Product Committee recognized two needs. The first was broader acceptance of the criteria in the existing NPCA installation document. Second, the members sought to provide proper guidance on precast manhole installations to differentiate them from alternate material requirements.
During the next two years, the manhole committee drafted a standard in coordination with the technical committee, reworked it twice following feedback from ASTM subcommittee C13.06 Manholes and the main C13 committee, and eventually received acceptance.
This is a very successful example of an NPCA committee working with other members, NPCA professional staff and ASTM to develop a new standard that benefits the industry.
If you have any questions about this standard or NPCA’s work with ASTM or other standards-setting entities, please contact Eric Carleton at (317) 208-6431 or [email protected]