WRc Releases Manual of Sewer Condition Classification 5th Edition (MSCC)

Posted: Wednesday 27th November 2013

WRc are pleased to announce the release of the 5th edition of the Manual of Sewer Condition Classification (MSCC).

The 1st edition was published in 1980 to provide a national standard defect coding system. The 5th edition has been updated reflecting amendments to BS EN 13508-2 in 2011 and takes into account the move from video tape to computer storage of video data. Some of the codes relating to drains and sewers and manholes and inspection chambers have been modified and new codes specifically relating to lining observations have been introduced, in accordance with European Standard. Furthermore the change facility, which was a feature of the coding system up to the 3rd edition, has been restored as this has now been included in the European Standard.

Features in the Manual of Sewer Condition Classification 5th Edition include:

Nick Orman, Principal Consultant at WRc comments “Inspection of sewer condition is an important feature of the management of sewer and highway drainage systems. Such surveys generate large amounts of data which must be recorded and stored. The Manual of Sewer Condition Classification (MSCC) provides an objective method of classifying defects in drains and sewers; it is used by the UK water industry and other organisations to classify defects in sewers and is crucial to the management of investment in over 500,000 km of public sewers and lateral drains in the UK. “

The manual will be of particular value to engineers, Close Circuit Television Surveyors and those assessing the CCTV report.




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