Best Practices for Quality Management of Stormwater Pipe Construction

Stormwater pipe systems are integral features of transportation construction projects. Pipe culverts direct stormwater away from roadway structures and towards designated discharge areas. The improper installation of a pipe culvert can result in costly repairs, timely delays, and/or hazardous system failure. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has firm requirements for the proper installation and final inspection of pipe culvert systems. However, there exist problems with the consistent and accurate use of laser profiling equipment, and there is no standardized testing procedure for equipment operators. With the goal of developing a certifiable exam, two preliminary exams were produced to demonstrate operator knowledge of installation and inspection procedures and operator proficiency in equipment use. The exam was required to consist of a written portion based on the latest FDOT Specification on post-installation pipe culvert inspection, as well as a field course comprising a pipe run with known defects to be located and measured. With the intent to aid in the establishment of a standardized testing procedure and training program, this project took the initial steps in validating equipment use and operator knowledge and further educating those receiving and interpreting laser profiling output data.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 80p

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  • Accession Number: 01523823
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: BDK75-977-56
  • Created Date: Apr 28 2014 1:15PM