Pipeline Condition Assessment


Pipeline Condition Assessment Seminar: Developing Water Utility Action Plans

New for 2022! AWWA's 3-day in-person seminar tackles the issue of pipeline condition assessment. As renewing and replacing aging infrastructure remains a top challenge facing the water sector, more utilities are embracing asset management practices, including condition and assessments.  A Condition Assessment Program helps utilities make informed, risk-based decisions on when it is best to maintain, repair, rehabilitate, or replace assets. But developing and implementing such a program is challenging! This Seminar was created to assist drinking water utilities develop and implement a comprehensive Condition Assessment Program or improve their existing program. The focus of this Seminar is on water transmission and distribution pipes.

2022 dates: March 28-30, 2022

More dates coming soon!

Thanks to all who joined us March 28-30 in Denver, Colorado. More seminar dates will be announced soon!


Register by deadline for Early rates:

Sample Registration Rates
Non member 
Non member 
Seminar Registration  
Includes Day 1 Lunch & Optional M77* 
$945 $1045  $1045  $1145

*Registration fee also includes optional complimentary PDF version of AWWA's Manual M77: Condition Assessment of Water Mains (PDF). You may add this to your cart during registration for no additional fee - simply click the 'Add' button next to M77 when asked to choose session, then click Next.

AWWA's Seminar Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing and faxed or mailed to AWWA. Phone cancellations are not accepted. All cancellations postmarked/fax-dated by early deadline will receive a refund, minus a 25% administrative fee. Cancellations post-deadline will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are welcome, if pre-approved in writing.

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Learning Objectives

During this seminar participants will be engaged in instructional training, interactive exercises, and group sharing that will cover the key components of a condition assessment program, such as:

  • Defining the problem(s) that the utility wants to solve with a condition assessment program.
  • Developing condition assessment program goals, objectives, and data expectations.
  • Building support and securing an annual budget for a condition assessment program (e.g., business case to present to management and elected governing officials).
  • Prioritizing asset classes based on performance measures and risk (i.e., likelihood or probability and consequence of failure).
  • Defining the utility’s risk tolerance and condition assessment thresholds.
  • Creating a framework and data management system for collecting, storing, and using condition assessment data.
  • Understanding and choosing the appropriate condition assessment methods and technologies.
  • Evaluating the utility’s options for using in-house or contracting field inspection, data management, and engineering services.

Modules at a Glance

Module 1 – Getting Started with Your Condition Assessment Program (Day 1)

1.1 Condition Assessment Program Budgeting
  •  Learn how to establish prudent condition assessment program budgets
  •  Generate ideas for where to start
  •  Consider methods being used by other utilities to quantify and justify a Program Budget
  •  Determine which method is right for your utility
1.2 Data Sources and Risk Assessment
  •  Define Desktop Condition Assessment
  •  Discuss commonly used methods for performing a desktop condition assessment
  •  Present different ways to estimate LOF and COF
  •  Discuss how break data and failure mechanisms can be used to focus condition assessment and other investments
1.3 Valve Assessments
  •  Discuss reasons your utility might have for not locating, assessing, and operating small and large diameter valves
  •  Review the critical role of valves in the water delivery system
  •  Address the importance of regularly scheduled condition assessment and operation of isolation/control valves
  •  Present key components of a valve assessment program (benefits, goals, program approaches, in-house vs. outsourcing resources, field activities, data collection/documentation, and answers to common questions and concerns)
1.4 Leak Detection
  •  Discuss reasons for conducting leak detection
  •  Learn how and why we use leak detection as a condition assessment tool
  •  Introduce currently available leak detection methods and tools (acoustic and non-acoustic)
  •  For acoustic leak detection methods, understand how sound travels through pipes and learn about methods for distribution pipes and transmission mains
1.5 Pressure Monitoring
  •  Discuss the benefits of pressure monitoring
  •  Learn about currently available equipment for pressure/transient pressure monitoring
  •  Cover factors to consider for installing and maintaining a pressure monitoring system
1.6 Soil Corrosivity Surveys
  •  Review causes and effects of corrosion on metallic pipelines
  •  Understand the various corrosion tests conducted in the field and laboratory
  •  Understand how cathodic protection systems work
  •  Learn how to employ anode retrofits as a rehabilitation measure for service connections

Module 2 – Choosing Inspection Methods and Technologies to Fit Your Needs (Day 2)

2.1 Overview of Inspection Methods for Pressure Pipes
  •  Evaluate inspection methods and technologies for pressure pipelines
  •  Consider various factors when selecting an inspection method
  •  Choose when and how to apply external corrosion direct assessment (ECDA) methods for
  • metallic cylinder and direct assessment methods for concrete pipe and mortar coating
2.2 Assessment of Non-Metallic Pipe
  •  Understand deterioration processes for asbestos cement (AC) pipe and plastic pipe, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe
  •  Learn which inspection methods and technologies may be useful for non-metallic pipe
2.3 “Lower Effort/Limited Data” Inspections and Measurements
  •  Address and discuss reasons for employing “lower effort” inspection methods and measurements
  •  Review commonly used tools for metallic pipe (CI, DI, steel) and concrete pressure pipe (CCP, RCCP, PCCP)
  •  Cover access requirements, civil site work and field support requirements, cost, and results
2.4 High-Resolution Inspection Technologies
  •  Discuss “when” and “why” you would want to use a high-resolution inspection method
  •  Cover methods you may be familiar with (ultrasonics, magnetic flux leakage, electromagnetics)
  •  Discuss electromagnetic technology (principle, tools, applicability to different pipe types, deployment options, access requirements, verification of inspection results)

Module 3 – Budgeting and Planning for Condition Assessments (Day 3)

3.1 Managing and Using Pipeline Condition Data
  •  Review typical databases of record for storing condition assessment data
  •  Discuss and learn best practices and guidelines to identify the right database of record for your next condition assessment project
3.2 Contracting Options for Condition Assessment
  •  Identity the four parties involved in contracts for pipeline condition assessment projects and programs
  •  Evaluate contracting options at your utility for procuring engineering, inspection, and contractor services
  •  Apply rules and contracting preferences at your utility to identify and select the preferred contracting mechanism(s) for YOUR utility, based on 1) availability and capabilities of in-house
  • resources, and 2) available contracting vehicles for procuring outside services
3.3 Developing a Project Level Budget for Pipeline Condition Assessment
  •  Increase your confidence in preparing a realistic budget for your pipeline condition assessment project
  •  Apply what you’ve learned about inspection methods, executing field inspections, and contracting options to ensure all costs are accounted for and estimated accurately
  •  Learn some cost-saving techniques to reduce the budget needed for your pipeline condition assessment project
3.4 Sustaining Your Condition Assessment Program
  •  After inspection is complete, learn how to effectively communicate the value of condition assessments to 1) external or non-technical stakeholders, and 2) internal or technical
  • stakeholders, in an effort to sustain program momentum
  •  Hear how other utilities have successfully justified condition assessment expenditures to management and stakeholders
  • Solutions to Utility-Specific Challenges and Concerns
  •  Obtain answers to your specific problems, challenges, concerns, or hurdles
  •  Use individual projects brought to the Seminar by the Participants as sample problems for the group to solve
  •  Complete individual Action Plans with help from the group or Facilitator