NASTT Builds On Success Of 2011

By Traci Read, Managing Editor | February 2012, Vol. 67 No. 2
NASTT's George Ragula.

“Becoming a member of NASTT is all about how active you want to be,” stressed Ragula. “I’ve said this before, but it really is true; what you get out of being a member of NASTT is more about what you put in to it. My involvement with the society has garnered me the recognition in the gas industry as being a go-to person when it comes to trenchless. I’m involved with a lot of research and development in the gas industry and much of what has been accomplished in the gas industry has been spurred by the sewer and water trenchless side of this business. The knowledge I’ve learned through my association with NASTT has helped my company save more than $25 million. It only stands to reason that the owners benefit the most. They generate the work for consulting firms, who work for contractors, who do the bidding for projects.”

And one place that provides owners, contractors and engineering firms a venue for learning about the trenchless industry is the No-Dig Show, presented by NASTT. According to Ragula, NASTT’s 2011 No-Dig Show, which was held in March in Washington, D.C., was a qualified success. “NASTT set records at No-Dig 2011 with 140 papers, 138 exhibitors and more than 1,800 attendees. In addition, NASTT added 141 new members to its roster.”

Ragula credits the 2011 Program Chair Jack Burnam of CH2M Hill and his team of volunteers as instrumental in making the conference a success.

Looking ahead at what is in store for attendees at NASTT’s 2012 No-Dig Show to be held in Nashville, TN, March 11-15, Ragula says “they can expect a fresh look and feel to the conference.”

During the No-Dig Show Gala Awards Dinner, NASTT members will recognize their first inductees into a new NASTT Hall of Fame, for their accomplishments and contributions to the trenchless industry. Honorees include the late Gary Vermeer, founder of Vermeer Corp.; Frank Canon, Baroid Industrial Drilling Products; and Bernie Krzys, president and publisher of Trenchless Technology magazine.

Another addition to this year’s agenda is to the educational program which has been expanded from five tracks to six for a total of 155 papers that are peer reviewed by the all-volunteer Program Committee.

2012 agenda
Looking ahead to 2012, Ragula said, “NASTT plans to continue revamping the Good Practices Training Courses so the programs are fresh and continuously evolving.”