NASTT Enjoys Solid Growth, Expands Horizons

By Traci Read, Senior Editor | March 2009 Vol. 64 No. 3
Piero Salvo, exiting chairperson of NASTT

Salvo deemed the 2008 No-Dig Conference and Exhibition held in Grapevine, TX, another success. The show drew 1,500 attendees, offered 117 technical papers, 122 companies displayed their products and services in the exhibition hall, and four specialized pre- and post-conference seminars were held.

During his tenure, Salvo says he’s had the “fortunate experience” of being both the chairman and international representative for NASTT, which has provided him the opportunity to attend the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT) No-Dig Show held around the world, visiting such places as Roma, Hamburg and Rotterdam. He also was a speaker at the 2007 Roma Conference.

Continuing progress

The relationship Salvo strengthened with ISTT is bearing new fruit the week of March 29-April 3, 2009 at the International No-Dig Show in Toronto, ON, Canada as NASTT and ISTT join forces to present the conference. Joe Loiacono is the 2009 International No-Dig program chairman.

Developed by a group of volunteers known as the No-Dig Program Committee, five track educational sessions have been designed for trenchless technology professionals looking for solutions to underground infrastructure problems.

“So far, we have sold more than 95 percent of our booth space, the number of technical papers has increased from 120 to 140, with 25 percent of those being international,” says Salvo. “No-Dig is expecting an amazing turnout from North America and overseas. There is a large contingent of attendees scheduled to arrive from Japan.”

Salvo said the new NASTT Chairperson Chris Brahler, president and CEO of TT Technologies, Aurora, IL, is committed to continuing the progress made in Mexico and the grass roots efforts of the regional chapters to encourage them to become more involved. “Having Chris Brahler as my successor is one of the greatest honors I have had as a board member. Chris’s high level of leadership and integrity will make him an incredible chairman,” adds Salvo.

Other elected positions for 2009 include Jamie Hannam, P.E., and Dave Krywiak, P.E., to serve on the NASTT board of directors.

Hannam is the manager of engineering and information services for Halifax Water in Nova Scotia, Canada, where he is responsible for water and wastewater infrastructure master planning, asset management and capital project delivery with an annual capital budget of $30 million. Previously, Hannam worked as the chief engineer with the Halifax Regional Water Commission from 1994 to 2007. Hannam also serves on the Atlantic Committee of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and Atlantic Chapter of NASTT.