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2018 Product Award Winners Announced at STI/SPFA Annual Meeting

The 2018 STI/SPFA Product Award winners were announced on July 20, 2019 at the Awards Dinner during the STI/SPFA Annual Meeting. Winners were recognized both during the dinner, and through a press release distributed after the event. You can also view the winners, and all entries, on the STI/SPFA website.

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Emerging Leaders Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Emerging Leader Conference. This event will be held for two - 1/2 days on October 8th and 9th at Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing Co., Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana. 


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Awards Presented at 2019 Quality Control Meeting

STI/SPFA presented various awards during the STI/SPFA Quality Control Meeting in April. The presentation included awards for quality and achievement in welding simulation.

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2019 Annual Meeting Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the members-only 2019 STI/SPFA Annual Meeting July 20-23 at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Avon, Colorado.

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Apply for a 2018 Safety Award

The application period is now open for the 2018 Safety Awards. Applications will be accepted until March 29, 2019, at 5 pm.

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2018 Steel Water Pipe Product Award Winners

LAKE ZURICH, IL, Jan. 24, 2019 - Winners were announced last week for the 2018 Steel Water Pipe Product Awards. The announcement took place during the Steel Water Pipe Section meeting in South Carolina. Member companies in three product categories were recognized. (Entries are for products fabricated in the prior year.)

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STI/SPFA is Hiring: Standards Engineer


Job Title: Standards Engineer

The person in this position will work mainly with STI’s shop fabricated tank section. Much of the work will be done independently, but with collaboration from STI’s technical committee. 

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The 5th Edition of AWWA M11 Pipe Design Clarified #2

One of STI/SPFA’s goals with our experts’ design tips is to point out important changes in the new edition of AWWA M11 and to provide background of why such revisions were made.  Steel pipe systems have been designed, fabricated, and installed with decades of experience, achieving reliable and long-lasting operational service, while establishing proven safety factors that the engineering community has trusted.  This article will discuss changes made to

  • harnessed coupling design and the associated explanatory material included within Appendixes B and C,
  • changes in design to thrust anchor rings, and
  • expansion of the guidance provided with the use of stulling to handle large diameter steel pipe.

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The 5th Edition of AWWA M11 Pipe Design Clarified - #1 Outlets: The Rest of the Story

The 5th edition of AWWA M11 has been available for a little over a year and the benefits to engineers have been recognized for the value it has for steel pipe design. There were numerous changes and additions that are intended to clarify important design criteria when designing steel water pipe. 

The nature of engineering design is that the knowledge used to design large facilities is learned and remembered mostly during the work on a project. This series of articles will highlight many of the major changes in the new AWWA M11.

The first article in a series will concentrate on outlets in a pipeline. This article, along with the remaining articles, will become useful references for the design of pipeline and treatment plant projects.

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Water Tower, Part of Century Club, Slated to Get Painted

The Patton Street Tower, located in Xenia, Ohio, is one of the oldest water towers and part of the Century Club. The tower will be repainted for the first time in 20 to 30 years. 

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