Laurie Perkins Recognized for Commitment to NASSCO Training

 
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Senior Project Manager Laurie Perkins Recognized for Commitment to NASSCO Training
Named Instructor of the Year by National Association

NASSCO, the National Association of Sewer Service Companies recently announced that Laurie Perkins, senior project manager at Wright-Pierce, has won the 2016 Trainer of the Year Award.

NASSCO’s vision and mission is to improve the success rate of everyone involved in the pipeline rehabilitation industry through education, technical resources and industry advocacy and to set industry standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure, and to assure the continued acceptance and growth of trenchless technologies.

Laurie is committed to the professional development of her colleagues and travels to training sites throughout the Northeast to lead workshops and teach courses. In addition to teaching, Laurie is routinely invited to present at professional organizations’ national conferences.

Laurie’s own project management experience in infrastructure asset management, which includes major SSES, I/I, SSO/CSO abatement and sewer system rehabilitation projects for municipal clients throughout the Northeast, enhances her students' learning experiences with "real time” jobs.

Laurie explains her commitment to the NASSCO mission, "Operators, engineers and the municipalities they work for are unique in how they approach evaluating their aging sewer infrastructure.  After all, no two systems are alike. NASSCO's standard codes provide a common output for the results of inspecting the condition and documenting the criticality of sewers. The advantage of using this standard is that it removes some of the objectivity from determining what should get fixed now and what can wait until later. In fact, the condition ratings are correlated directly to the defect code, so the operator need only enter the correct code for the defect identified and the program returns the condition rating. This standardized approach also provides results that when revisited years after the data is retrieved can still be understood in terms of the condition of the structure at the time of the original inspection.  These established ratings make it easier to take action at any point in time rather than trying to base decisions on antiquated field sketches or someone's hand written comments about found defects.”

Laurie received the award at NASSCO's (40th Anniversary) Annual Conference held February 10 - 12 in Maui, Hawaii. At the conference, Laurie was also elected to NASSCO's Board of Directors to represent professional membership.

 

Laurie Perkins, PE
Senior Project Manager

"NASSCO is a valuable tool for the MOM (Management, Operation, and Maintenance) as well as the Asset and Risk Management initiatives that municipalities are undertaking. In addition, EPA and other regulators are becoming increasingly more aware of NASSCO’s value and understanding it to be "good practice” for establishing funding and regulatory requirements.”

For more information about NASSCO training contact Laurie at laurie.perkins@wright-pierce.com or at 603-606-4430.

To read more about Laurie's NASSCO experience click here