introduCtion Concrete Pipe Standards Standards and testing are critical to any product and important to the designer, specifier, owner, and manufacturer. Design and manufacturing requirements for precast concrete pipe and related products are primarily detailed in American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards, which include acceptance procedures and test criteria. Other standards provide methods of tests for acceptance and quality control. For precast concrete pipe installations, the engineer can designate the type, size and strength of pipe by referencing the appropriate ASTM or other product standard. The standards associations most referenced in the precast concrete pipe industry in Canada are highlighted in this section. American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) ASTM is a management system for the development of voluntary consensus standards. Technical research, testing, and facilities are contributed voluntarily by members working within a committee structure. ASTM provides a legal, administrative and publication forum within which producers, consumers and general interest members can meet to develop standards which will best serve the needs of all concerned. ConCrete pipe stormwater treatment teChnologies American National Standards Institute (ANSI) The role of ANSI in the voluntary standard system is to reduce overlap and duplication effort, point out where standards are needed, recognize and identify nationally accepted standards, and serve as the United States representative in international standard activities. box seCtions ASTM Concrete Pipe Standards An ASTM standard is the result of a particular standardization effort and is a document containing a set of conditions to be fulfilled or an object for comparison. Within ASTM Committee C-13 on Concrete Pipe, four types of standards are promulgated: • • • • Specifications Methods of Tests Definitions Recommended Practices Canadian Standards Association (CSA) CSA was chartered in 1919 and is similar to ASTM. Standardization through CSA is voluntary, using consensus principles. CSA also provides certification services for manufacturers who, under license, use registered CSA marks on products to indicate conformity with a standard. manhole and CatCh basin material LAFARGE PIPE eMANUAL PAGE 7