NASTT Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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

“The ISTT conference is for sharing and exchanging information beyond the borders of the United States,” explained Brahler. “Infrastructure is much older in Europe and the U.S. looks to these countries for ideas because they’ve already encountered many of the problems that we’re just now facing in North America, and they are doing it successfully.”

On the domestic front, NASTT will focus on “Rebuilding North America’s Underground Infrastructure Using Trenchless Technology” during its 20th Anniversary No-Dig Show in Chicago. Mark Hallett is the 2010 program chairperson. “I’m always amazed by how many people in the industry are willing to volunteer their time to make this show a success,” Brahler pointed out.

Looking ahead

NASTT is busy developing and supporting initiatives that place trenchless technology at the forefront of the construction industry. Brahler said, “We are not only reflecting back on what NASTT has done the past 20 years, but are actively looking at how we can help the industry grow going forward. NASTT is leading the way in developing and promoting initiatives that will help sell the “green” aspect of trenchless to customers, clients and communities.”

Cities and municipalities across North America are now considering carbon loading as an integral element to their construction projects and NASTT is poised to assist them.

Brahler explains that the NASTT carbon calculator program, developed by the NASTT British Columbia Chapter, allows users to estimate the reduction of CO2 emissions when trenchless is used versus open-cut methods. This new software program is developed to accept construction parameters and calculate the carbon loading of the job.

Looking back on the past year, Brahler said, “I’m thankful that there are so many people willing to devote so many hours to spread the cause of trenchless. I continue to be amazed and awed by their devotion to this industry.”

Among those who volunteer their time are the elected officials. The new members on 2010 board of directors include Jennifer Glynn, Cindy Preuss, P.E. and Kim Staheli, PhD, P.E.

Glynn is a project manager for RMC Water and Environment in its Walnut Creek, CA, office. Glynn has been a member of the No-Dig Program Committee for seven years and is one of the founding members of Western Chapter of NASTT (WESTT). She currently serves as Chair of WESTT and is a volunteer Pipe Bursting Good Practices Course instructor. Glynn is also a member of the AWWA Water Pipeline Rehabilitation Committee and a past vice president of the Northern California Pipe User's Group (PUG).