Many Programs, Many Visions

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

Precious water
Also, there is a special detailed program track on a topic of critical interest and need for both the U.S. and the world: water. The theme of UCT’s WaterWorks 2011 is “facing reality.” The current and near-term economic environments are forcing utilities, contractors and engineering firms across the country to accept the reality of finite resources, both financial and otherwise. Water is indeed the “blue oil” of the 21st century. It could well be stated that in this century, the availability of water will be of greater importance than the cost of water.

This year, WaterWorks will be addressing the following key areas: the reality of finite water resources; the reality of proposed legislation and its impact on the water industry; the reality of new technologies; and the reality of case studies.

Overall, the UCT Educational Program is a comprehensive, complex program schedule suited to meet the needs of anyone who is serious about the underground market place.

That equals almost 70 hours of regular educational programming and more than 152 hours of special programs. Combine that with over 500 exhibits and you can see why everyone looks forward to the UCT experience. The entire event is structured to be a networking and learning exercise, replete with business networking opportunities.

But as UCT returns to Houston, its home base, for the first time in four years, many questions still surround the nation’s economy and how that will impact the underground utilities market. What will be the reaction and overall health of the industry be in the coming year?

UCT annually is viewed as the industry benchmark; as UCT goes, so does the industry. We’ll find out in late January – that’s why UCT is so often called the “business of underground.”
Have a great holiday and we’ll see you at UCT.