Many Programs, Many Visions

By Robert Carpenter, Editor | December 2010 Vol. 65 No. 12

As the countdown to the 2011 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition continues, the scope of the overall program is worth exploring. While the primary educational program runs Tuesday, Jan. 25 through Thursday, Jan. 27, a strategic inclusion of special programs rounds out almost a full week of educational opportunities.

Leading industry associations and organizations such NASSCO, Distribution Contractors Association, Staking University and NASTT, in a cooperative arrangement with UCT, are offering a variety of special courses. Additionally, the Center for Underground Infrastructure Research & Education is offering four specialty schools. And, back by popular demand, is a substantially updated Sewer Strategies Workshop.

In addition, industry confabs will be taking place frequently in-and-around the UCT programs and exhibition. Already scheduled are committee and task force meetings for ASCE, ASTM, UCTA, Trenchless Technology Center, International Pipe Bursting Association and more, plus dozens of private company meetings -- a full week of highly important and beneficial industry activities.

This is also by far the most aggressive UCT regular educational program we’ve ever developed. With counsel from many industry sources such as contractors, municipal personnel, consulting engineers and vendors, the UCT Educational Program is designed specifically to meet the informational needs of all aspects of the underground utilities construction and rehabilitation market. Program tracks will include standard topics such as sewer, horizontal directional drilling, gas distribution, general underground utilities construction and telecom/electric.

UCT’s always popular and unique sewer/water trenchless tutorial program is back again. Designed for people new to the industry as well as those wanting to broaden their knowledge or who just want a refresher course, the tutorial provides a comprehensive overview of modern trenchless methods and their applicability for today’s demanding project needs.

New to the program this year are special program tracks on pipe bursting, advances in cured-in-place pipe, storm water, damage prevention/safety and alternative energy construction. Further, UCT’s unique HDD Rigonomics© classes provide basic and advanced information on how to best utilize equipment, supplies, time and planning to streamline and become more effective in your operations. In short, how can contractors improve their bottom line in today’s marketplace of tight margins and extreme competition?