on the construction, operation and renovation of underground infrastructures.
IKT’s main customers are operators of both public and private networks. Its services are primarily focused on questions and problems encountered by network operators, activities which derive from the institute’s founding charter of 1994. This states its aims as being the acquisition of scientifically founded expertise for the achievement of cost-effective, technically innovative, and both environmentally and customer-friendly installation, renovation and maintenance of conduit systems. IKT also performs other supporting activities in the field of testing and trial of new products and methods for commercial companies.
IKT’s application-related research focuses predominantly on the solution of network operators’ problems and questions. The institute maintains continuous close contacts with network operators, in order to identify topics that need attention. Steering groups of system operators support and monitor all IKT research projects. The members of these steering groups select the products to be tested and evaluated, determine boundary conditions for such tests, and are directly informed about the latest findings and developments at regular intervals.
The first step in any IKT research project is a thorough analysis and definition of the problem. On conclusion of the work, practical solutions are then drafted, and subsequently implemented at pilot sites or incorporated into instructions for action and recommendations for the system operators.
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The test results supply sound and reliable information on the strengths and weaknesses of the products available on the market to network operators, enabling them to make purchasing decisions on the basis of evidence of performance , rather than unverified performance claims. IKT’s Comparative Tests also provide the product supplier with evidence of their product’s performance, criteria for the improvement of their products and testing procedures they can adopt in product development, which can enhance their market position.
IKTs Sewer Operators Forum was founded in 2011 and provides network operators with the opportunities for detailed exchanges of experience. The results of workshops, workgroups and research undertaken for this group are structured and summarised by IKT and distributed to the Forum.
The Site Drainage Day has also become a permanent feature in the industry’s events calendar together with the Conduit Cleaning Day. The institute’s training programme includes courses on a range of waste-water management topics, including manhole renovation and occupational health and safety.
IKT’s services also include scientifically founded expert appraisals for courts, municipal and private system operators, building contractors, product manufacturers and engineering consultancies (e.g. expert damage assessments, expert opinions as evidence in court and in out-of-court settlements).
An overview of IKT’s consulting services is shown below:
Trenchless (“no-dig”) installation (pipe-jacking), open-trench installation (timbering supported, pipe-trenches), statical calculations (stability), core drilling and testing (materials testing), damage documentation and assessment, registration and evaluation of current construction methods.
Quality Assurance for renovation projects, recommendations concerning use of modern materials in sewer renovation (and plastics, in particular), CIPP liners, part-liners and coating methods; analysis and evaluationof damage or failure following renovation.
Trenchless installation methods (renovation of connection points and pipes), open-trench installation (pipe installation, connection to main sewer systems), malfunctions (drain blockages, clogging, etc.), damage documentation and evaluation, registration and evaluation of actual condition.
Tree identification using samples of ingrown roots, documentation and evaluation of cases of damage, recommendations for the removal of ingrown roots and for repair of damage.
Consulting services on implementation of legal requirements (EKVO, SüwVKan), Documenting and optimising organisational structures and work processes, updating of servicing and operating instructions to meet relevant requirements, finalising and systemising reporting, co-ordination with responsible supervisory authorities.
Review of measuring instruments for use at storm-water tanks and sewage treatment plants, on-site comparative measurements using ultra-modern measuring instruments calibrated at regular intervals, measurement of extraneous water flows, determination of extraneous water sources and causes.
Cost benefit analysis comparing trenchless and open-trench installation methods, evaluation of investment and rehabilitation strategies, economic evaluation of sewer systems and structures, cost-cutting and economic optimisation provisions, macro- and microeconomic analysis.
We are always pleased to answer your questions about our services – please contact us!
IKT - Institute for Underground Infrastructure
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