NASTT Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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

In honor of the late Trent Ralston, who was a member of NASTT and an industry veteran, the new Trent Ralston Award for Young Trenchless Achievement will recognize a professional who has shown commitment to the trenchless industry through volunteerism, leadership and career accomplishments.

In addition to the scholarships, NASTT’s 20-year history will be on display at the 2010 No-Dig. “Kaleel Rahaim is heading up an eager team of 20th anniversary committee members with the task of chronicling NASTT's history, collecting interesting anecdotes and photographs that tell the story of our organization,” said Brahler.

Reflecting on his first year as NASTT chairperson, Brahler said the organization remains strong in a tough economy and even shows signs of growth. In August 2009, several industry representatives gathered in Denver to discuss the possibility of a new NASTT regional chapter covering the states of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. This meeting resulted in the formation of the Rocky Mountain Chapter – the first chapter to form since 2004.

The addition of the Rocky Mountain Chapter expands NASTT’s presence into nine regional areas throughout North America: British Columbia; Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and Atlantic; Mid Atlantic; Midwest; Northwest; Pacific Northwest; Southwest; and Western.

NASTT continues to support the trenchless industry by offering Good Practice courses for continuing education, which includes cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), horizontal directional drilling (HDD), pipe bursting, lateral lining, new installation methods and an overview of trenchless technologies.

“More municipalities are turning to NASTT as their source for education,” said Brahler. “The new economic environment means there are less travel expenses for municipal personnel, so our trainers are meeting their needs by conducting in-house classes. The key benefit for the municipal employees who need this information is that they have the benefit of well-trained instructors and education materials. NASTT relies on a network of trenchless experts in the industry or on the Student Chapters to assist with teaching. Our trainers go through a rigorous training course. They attend several classes to learn how to present these courses, and then go through a peer review to see if they can cut the grade to be an instructor.”

In his role as both chairperson and international representative for NASTT, Brahler attended the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT) held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, last spring. NASTT and ISTT again joined forces to present the event.