with designers who don’t
really know the systems.
This document will give
those folks some guidance.
PIERCE: It also
will help young people,
individuals who are just
coming into the industry,
and anyone else who wants to improve their understanding of these
systems and requirements.
JOURNAL: What was the most difficult part of the book
COLLURA: I believe the hardest part of the process was
CRELE Y: PEI has a proven methodology to write
recommended practices documents. Not to say that it’s written in
stone, but PEI has a process that we all know works. I personally
have seen the methodology work on four different recommended
When PEI couples that process with a diverse committee of
experts representing all facets of the industry—from engineers
and manufacturers to installers and regulators—you have a great
way to reach a consensus.
It benefits the industry that PEI gives the experts the freedom
to write the document. In fact, each committee is frequently
reminded that this is “our document.” The result is a set of “
PIERCE: PEI brings to the table the resources that make
these documents possible. The writing, the editing and the heavy
lifting would never occur without the involvement of PEI.
COLLURA: We, as contractors, could never get together to
write a document like this. But PEI is the perfect organization to
make it happen. They have the contacts and clout to make sure
that the right people are involved.
JOURNAL: Who will benefit the most from the
publication of RP1400?
CRELE Y: Anyone who designs, installs or repairs these
COLLURA: To me, this document will mostly help designers
correct problems and poor drawings. Many times we are dealing
deciding which regulatory standards we would follow and the extent
to which we should reference those standards.
PIERCE: Items that varied from region to region due to
differing state regulations were also difficult to write. Each of us
on the committee had specific items we have encountered in our
areas—some of which may not translate to the rest of the country.
JOURNAL: Will this document change the way
generator and oil burner fueling systems are installed?
COLLURA: I don’t think it will change the fundamental
approach. But as a general rule, the systems now will be installed
correctly, and this document will help streamline the process.
There will be more accurate bid documents for installers to do their
estimates. And the end user will pay less for system design.
Typical AST foundation installation for sub-base tank. Overfill warning sign and alarm.