No Dıg Turkey 2012 Deemed ‘A Great Success’

December 2012, Vol. 67 No. 12
Yasin Torun, chairman of TSITT, and Dr. Samuel Ariaratnam, chairman of the ISTT, conduct an interview No Dig Turkey Conference.

In the afternoon session, the following presentations were presented: Umit Canturk, managing director of TEKSU and Arcan Haciraifoglu, managing director of DOGUS VANA, made separate presentations focusing on: “Trenchless Technology and Applications of Non-Revenue Water Management in Turkey.” Onur Kaya, managing director of Boretec, “Trenchless Technology and Applications of Horizontal Directional Drilling in Turkey.” Dr. Ihsan Engin Bal of ITU (Istanbul Technical University), “Trenchless Technology and Applications of Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) in Water Transmission ystems.” Abdullah Sarikaya, deputy general manager of ENERMAK, “Trenchless Technology and Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in Turkey.” Afterwards, Mr. Suat Mizrak, manager of SAMPAS presented on “Underground Infrastructure Mapping and Information System.” Sener Polat, CIPP Consultant of TSITT, made the last presentation of the first day on “Trenchless Technology and Applications of Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) in Europe.”

Day 2
The second day of the event started with a presentation by Yasin Torun titled: “The Situation and Importance of Trenchless Technology in Turkey.” Afterwards, Dr. Samuel Ariaratnam made an excellent presentation titled “Trenchless Technology in International Dimension - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Dr. Cemal Balci of ITU discussed Tunnel Boring Machine Selection and Rock Cutting Tests. Later, Dr. Hanifi Copur, ITU, presented “Trenchless Technology and Applications of Microtunneling in Turkey.” Then Dr. Gregor Nieder, managing director of Bohrtec,made a presentation with the title of “Microtunneling for Small Diameters up to DN800 – 30 Years” Experience in Germany.” Dr. Nuh Bilgin, ITU, made the last presentation of the day on “Trenchless Technology and Applications of Tunneling in Turkey.”

In the afternoon session, a technical tour was arranged to the site of Suruc Tunnel project – the world’s fifth longest water transmission tunnel under construction in Sanliurfa, TR. A TBM with a diameter of 7.83 meters has been working since 2010. After the No Dig Conference, the TSITT held a two-day short course on Mechanized Tunneling and Microtunneling in Sanliurfa, TR.

After organizing 2013 and 2014 No Dig Turkey events, the International No Dig 2015 Conference and Exhibition will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.