April 24, 2013

How Are You Impacting The Waterblasting Industry?

We desire and strive to be a catalyst for progressive change within the airport and highway industry. With that in mind, we see the need to create objective industry standards for pavement marking removal and runway rubber removal by way of UHP Waterblasting.

Our vision is to work with equipment manufacturers and service providers, as well as airport and highway engineers and owners to expose the need for standards and then to develop the standards. We believe that there is also a real need for a licensing requirement that will require that operators receive basic training and subsequently operate in conformance with the “industry standards” or face revocation of their operators license.

Airplanes require a license to fly, cars require a license to drive and heavy trucks require special testing and licensing for over the road travel. Forklifts and cranes and a host of other specialized equipment similarly require a license. Up until now, operating a water blasting vehicle than can easily cost over $ 600,000.00 USD and do damage to people and or property when used improperly, has required no licensing by the industry. We believe this needs to change. It will not change quickly nor by the efforts of one person or organization but together, we can implement the change and requirement over time.

The number one goal is to protect the reputation that water blasting has rightfully earned as the removal method that causes the least amount of surface impact when executed properly. Although there are a number of other objectives, this first goal is the one that we see most often violated by untrained or careless operation of water blasting vehicles or equipment.

As part of our mission to set industry standards, we have created the first edition of an objective ” Impact Guide ” for the ultra-high pressure water blasting road marking and runway rubber removal industry. It categorizes the removal into 4 levels as well as attempt to characterize the condition of asphalt surfaces into 4 distinct levels. The condition of the road or runway surface will have an impact on the result of the removal process.

• Level 1 – 98% Removal (With 2% remaining)
• Level 2 – Acceptable. 98% removal with minimal impact to the surface
• Level 3 – Moderate Scarring
• Level 4 – Unacceptable

The Pavement Condition Index (PCI) that was established in the 1970’s by the United States Army Core of Engineers. There are pictures to highlight examples of each category. The association is obvious in that it becomes far more difficult to remove markings or rubber from asphalt or concrete surfaces that are in very poor condition.• PCI 100: Excellent
• PCI 70 – 100: Very Good to Excellent
• PCI 40 – 70: Fair
• PCI 0 – 40: Poor to FailedWe would invite you to receive a free copy of our ” Impact Guide ” by calling or emailing us today. We would further invite your input on the matter.Waterblasting Technologies has also created an internal Operator Certification and Licensing Program for our own customer base. This training program is divided into 6 computer-based modules; a requirement of 30 hours of completed operational and mechanical training, and is completed with a 100 question written test. The program then provides operator licenses after 60 monitored pump hours or six months of operational experience. We believe if we ensure a damage free pavement surface while maintaining maximum productivity and minimal operational costs, we will protect our mutually vested interest in the reputation water blasting has earned as THE preferred removal method.

You can download a copy of our Visual Impact Guide by filling out the attached form. If you would prefer to see a printed copy, give us a call and we will send a copy to you.