The following study was presented at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pipelines conference in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 19, 2016. The research paper, Earthquake Resistant Ductile Iron Pipe, Valve, and Hydrant System, as published in Pipelines 2016: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Not Out of Risk, is available in the ASCE Library online.
Maury D. Gaston, an engineer and 34-year iron industry veteran with AMERICAN Ductile Iron Pipe and SpiralWeld Pipe, and Ryan S. Ratcliffe, AMERICAN Flow Control field sales manager, presented the study on AMERICAN’s Earthquake Joint System, which protects water infrastructure during seismic events. The system, for use with AMERICAN’s pipe, valves and hydrants, moves up and down and side to side to resist the tremendous underground forces from an earthquake. Read Gaston and Ratcliffe’s paper on AMERICAN’s Earthquake Joint System.