NASTT Celebrates 20th Anniversary

By Traci Read, Senior Editor | April 2010 Vol. 65 No. 4

In 2010, the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) celebrates its 20th anniversary. Founded in 1990, NASTT is composed of trenchless professionals who are concerned with underground systems and the applications of trenchless technology.

NASTT is a not-for-profit, educational and technical society that is dedicated to promoting the benefits of trenchless technology for public awareness through education and training. Twenty years later, the society has grown to more than 1,200 members, nine regional chapters and 11 student chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Serving the second year of his two-year term as the NASTT chairperson, Chris Brahler is well qualified for the position. After graduating with a degree in business administration, he began his career in the cable installation equipment market.

An active participant in the development and growth of the underground construction industry for the more than 30 years, Brahler serves as president and CEO of TT Technologies, Aurora, IL. He founded the company in 1991 to serve the trenchless industry by manufacturing a wide range of trenchless tools and equipment, focusing on different underground construction applications such as boring systems, pipe ramming, horizontal directional drilling and pipebursting.

A strong proponent of trenchless technology through education, Brahler has spoken about trenchless technology and related applications to engineers, contractors, municipalities and construction industry groups throughout the United States and the world, including China, Mexico and Europe. He has been a featured presenter at conventions and conferences around the country including UCT, PCCA, DCA and NUCA. He has served on the No-Dig Trenchless Committee, DCA board of directors and the National Utility Contractors Association Trenchless Committee.

Anniversary events
The 20th anniversary of NASTT will culminate in a celebration at the 2010 No-Dig Show in Chicago (Schaumburg), May 2-7. “NASTT is planning an eventful and memorable No-Dig commemorating this very special occasion to include the presentation of the first-ever Michael E. Argent Memorial Scholarship and a new Trent Ralston Award,” said Brahler.

Up to five scholarships for $5,000 each will be awarded to students who are active members of a NASTT student chapter and fulfill other eligibility requirements. “Michael (Argent) was one of our founding members, and it is hoped that his contributions to our industry will continue to inspire young trenchless professionals through this newly established scholarship program,” added Brahler.

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