Concrete Pipe
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Technical Information

Design Data

The American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) publishes a number of Design Data documents that provide useful information on live and dead loads, bedding factors, hydraulics, and miscellaneous issues.

Design Software


Drainage product engineers, specifiers, and contractors looking for the best tools to help them select the right material for buried infrastructure systems will find the tools they need in the PipePac 2000 software. IN addition to offering integrated analysis using three independent programs. the software program is versatile and user-friendly.


  • 3EB Module - pipe class selection
  • CAPE Module - estimating the material costs of the pipe and embedment zones
  • LCA Module - estimating the real cost of the materials specified over the design life of the project

PipeCar and BoxCar
Both PipeCar and BoxCar are structural analysis and design programs for the direct design of concrete pipe and boxes. They can be ordered from the American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA), or you may contact your local concrete pipe plant for more information.

PCSWMM for Stormceptor is a continuous modelling software that determines the best Stormceptor system for your site. Based on the US EPA's SWMM (Storm Water Management Model), PCSWMMfor Stormceptor makes the sizing of Stormceptor systems a straighforward and streamlined process. PCSWMM for Stormceptor is the most advanced sizing tool in the market today.


Design Manuals

The American Concrete Pipe Association (ACPA) and Ontario Concrete Pipe Association (OCPA) have concrete pipe design manuals that cna be viewed online at the links below. Both include useful information for specifying and designing with concrete pipe with the indirect design method - specifying a Class or D-Load of pipe.


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 15-98 Standard Practice for Direct Design of Buried Precast Concrete Pipe Using Standard Installations is the basis for 'SIDD' or 'Direct Design' of concrete pipe.

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