The NPCA Board of Directors recently established the Research and Development Advisory Council (RDAC), which will serve as a clearinghouse for all NPCA research projects and make recommendations to the NPCA Board of Directors regarding topics, approvals and funding.
In conjunction with this decision, the Board also established a Research and Development Fund to support future NPCA research projects under RDAC. The Board will designate a portion of any year-end surplus funds to the Research and Development Fund.
Ideas for research projects initially will be vetted within appropriate NPCA Committees. If approved, Committees then would submit a proposal to RDAC to consider approval and funding for a research project. RDAC will review the proposed research project and oversee the Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Once RDAC reaches a final recommendation on the proposed research project, it will be presented to the Board for consideration. The Board is responsible for granting approval to pursue any research projects.
RDAC immediately will begin its work reviewing two current research projects. The first is a proposal from the Grease Interceptor Task Force via the Water and Wastewater Committee to study precast concrete gravity grease interceptor performance with North Carolina State University. The second is a continuation of NPCA’s MIC research and will explore specific tank modifications to reduce hydrogen sulfide concentrations.
RDAC is chaired by Mike Hoffman and includes members Jon Ohmes, Ron Sparks, Ray Clark, Jeff Malcolm, Jim Wright and Andrew Gillespie.
If you have any questions about RDAC or NPCA’s research projects, please contact Marti Harrell, vice president of technical services and professional development.