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Asset Management Strategies for Ductile Iron Pipes

January 13, 2023

Asset Management Strategies for Ductile Iron Pipes
February 21st, 2023 [11:00am to 12:00pm EST]
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Every year, thousands of miles of waterlines are installed in North America through new projects and replacement of aging infrastructure. Decisions on prioritizing pipeline replacement projects are based on the age of the water network and its performance. In addition, decisions on which materials to use for replacing aging infrastructure are based on relative performance and cost. Since the initial cost does not represent the true value of the water pipeline, asset managers give preference to strength, durability, and life cycle cost of their water and wastewater pipelines. DIPRA’s extensive research in corrosion protection led to a comprehensive risk-based model, which identifies several asset management strategies presently in use in North America, dealing with the potential for external and internal corrosion of buried Ductile iron pipelines.

In this Presentation, we will discuss the significant benefits that could be derived by utility owners if they consider to design, operate and maintain their infrastructure using these strategies, ultimately resulting in fewer unplanned repairs, and in the long term, a lower total cost of operation.


Sam Ghosn, M.A. Sc, P.Eng
Regional Director, Canada 
Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA)

Sam Ghosn, M.A. Sc., P. Eng., serves as Regional Director, Canada, for the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association (DIPRA). Sam helps utility managers, engineers, and operators with system planning and design, installations, and asset management questions related to iron pipe.

Sam received his Master of Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2016. He is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario. Prior to DIPRA, Sam has served in various roles in the infrastructure industry as a field Engineer, production engineer and project manager. His experience in trenchless technologies include pipe condition assessment, pipeline rehabilitation, slip lining, tunneling, and horizontal directional drilling.