Live Demos Help Make "Best Ever" RehabZone

March 2010 Vol. 65 No. 3
A Rehab Zone demonstration from LMK.

Visitors then wound their way through stations staffed by industry experts covering different rehabilitation topics that included the NASSCO Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) and Inspector Training Certification Program (ITCP), closed circuit television (CCTV), bypass pumping, sectional CIPP lining, joint and seal repairs, water main lining, lateral lining, grouting, root control and manhole linings and coatings.

The live demo area was the last stop in the Zone. "The live demonstrations were a great addition to the RehabZone," said Daniel Magill of Avanti, one of the companies conducting a demonstration. "Demonstrations were well attended and allowed people to actually see products in action."

Shawn Ready, operations supervisor and trenchless technologies specialist in pipebursting and sliplining, Ted Berry Company, Livermore, ME, said the RehabZone was "intriguing, as always. AFrom wooden pipelines in the historic exhibit to the latest rehabilitation technologies, everything struck my interest."

Tony Lucas, Nelson River Construction, Winnipeg, Manitoba, said Tampa was his first UCT. "I enjoyed the whole show and especially the RehabZone which provided information on fields of underground construction that include water and sewer projects."

"Two thumbs up for the RehabZone," said Brad Wegner, Midlands Contracting, Kearney, NE. "The RehabZone actually is one of the primary reasons I come to UCT, and the demonstrations were a great addition this year."

We'll be back
As attendees exited the 'Zone, they were asked to complete a brief questionnaire. Impressively, 99 percent said they will return for future RehabZone exhibits.

RehabZone sponsor NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) is a national organization of several hundred members representing rehabilitation industry manufacturers and suppliers, municipalities and utility districts, engineers and contracting firms. Cooperating sponsors included the American Society of Civil Engineers Trenchless Installation of Pipelines and Pipeline Infrastructure Systems technical committees, the Water Environment Federation's Collection System Committee and Underground Construction magazine.

Chairperson Larry Kiest is president and chief executive officer of LMK Enterprises, Ottawa, IL. Dorcas Hermes, WBE Dorcas, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO, served as vice chairperson and takes over as chair for 2011. RehabZone Committee members were assisted in planning and executing the event by scores of volunteers from organizations representing organizations providing rehabilitation technologies and services.