Always A Need For Education

September 2009 Vol. 64 No. 9

There also will be new program tracks reflecting growing industry needs and interest: storm water pipe renewal/rehabilitation; force mains & pressure pipe; manhole renewal/rehabilitation; and a special Damage Prevention & Safety Conference

The UCT Special Programs round out an unparalleled underground utilities construction and rehabilitation program. An enhanced and updated one-day Sewer Rehabilitation Strategy Workshop (always popular and usually a sell-out!) will headline an outstanding line-up of 12 programs providing specific, focused information. These special programs/workshops are made possible through our partnerships with NASTT, NASSCO, CUIRE and Staking University – the best of the best.

More economics
From my perspective, perhaps most notable at the ASCE Pipelines Conference was that city and consulting engineers were not espousing the doom and gloom philosophy that has gripped the world for many months. That their attitudes were upbeat would be a stretch. But a fairly confident crowd indicated that things weren’t as bad as most had feared earlier in the year, work is indeed progressing in the public works sector (albeit at a slower pace than the last couple of years) and, in fact, the fourth quarter of 2009 and first quarter of 2010 should show marked improvement. Also, though the sewer/water rehabilitation markets certainly have softened in some parts of the country, overall, that market segment is holding its own.

Along those lines, I was amused at a recent report from a major Wall Street consulting firm. Turns out they, along with the Federal Government, had misjudged how fast the impact of the economic stimulus package would be felt. Though they are still projecting a significant positive impact, they now don’t expect that to happen before the fourth quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2010. Nice to know “experts” agree with what us pundits and virtually most of our industry has known for six months.