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Orange CCWIOA 2017 Victorian
Mains Tapping Competition

Proudly sponsored by Reece Civil

Following the successful Queensland Live Mains Tapping competition held at the WIOA conference in Queensland, we are thrilled to announce the first WIOA Victorian Mains Tapping competition will be held at this year’s Victorian conference in Bendigo on 6 & 7 September 2017.

The Queensland title was taken out by the City of Gold Coast – completing the task in an impressive 1 minute and 47 seconds, so the challenge is set to see if our Victorian operators can go even faster!

Register your team now (limited to 16 teams)

Register your team by email before Friday 18 August to Craig Mathisen at craig@wioa.org.au and include

  • Your team name
  • 2 team members names and email addresses
  • A nominated charity of the team

The winning team will get their names on an impressive perpetual trophy and the opportunity to nominate a local charity to receive a $1,000 donation.

About the Victorian Mains tapping Competition Rules

  1. Two person teams compete in time trials consisting of two teams competing at a time. (maximum of 8 rounds to be held)
  2. Each team prior to the start of the timed competition a safe work method statement is to be completed by each team and reviewed by the judge.
  3. Each team member must wear appropriate PPE. (Long sleeves, long trousers, gloves, safety glasses)
  4. Each team is supplied with the necessary tools and fittings to complete a 20mm water tapping on a 100mm DICL pipe, including a length of water service and stop valve.
  5. The teams will carry out an under pressure tapping through a TPFNR and connect length of poly pipe and a ball valve.
  6. It is up to the team members to check all tools and fittings are working prior to competition. Equipment failure is deemed the fault of competitors.
  7. A starting whistle will sound and the competitors may start the process of tapping the water main.
  8. The time keepers will time the competitors using stop watches (one for each team).
  9. The 2 man team install the tapping band and ferrule on the 100mm pipe, tap the water main, install 1 metre of poly pipe and install a ball valve on the end of the poly. When completed the ball vale is turned off.
  10. When a team has finished they must turn water off at ball valve and return all tools to the tool box shut the lid and hold up their hand, the time will be stopped.
  11. The tapping will be inspected for leaks, if no leaks occur the time is recorded:
  12. Penalties for faulty tapping’s:
    • Leak on service connection
    • Tapping not through pipe wall
    • No water from service
    • All tools not in box
  13. When the tapping is complete and inspected the winning time will be recorded, the fastest time recorded on the day will be announced the competition winner.

  • The tapping will be on a pressurised section of 100mm DICL pipe, set up on a stand, and pressurised from a water tank.
  • Tapping must be completed without electrical or pneumatic tools or devices.
  • The following tools and fittings will be supplied by our competition sponsor Reece Civil on the day. A tapping machine tool box inside is:
    • 1 x 100mm (gun metal) tapping band
    • 1 x 20mm bonnet ferrule cock
    • 1 Metre of 25mm od poly pipe
    • 1 X 20mm ball valve.
    • 1 tapping machine with new drill bit
    • Footprints
    • 1 ring/open end spanner
    • 1 wooden paddle
    • 1 roll of thread tape

For more information, please contact Craig Mathisen at WIOA on 03 5821 6744, mobile 0457 846 008 or email craig@wioa.org.au

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Last updated on 14-Aug-2017


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