NTA To Hold Annual Meeting At UCT

December 2013, Vol. 68 No. 12

Established in 2004 by a small group of directional drilling contractors as a regional association, the Northeast Trenchless Association (NTA) has not only served the underground industry in New England – an area not known for conditions conducive to directional drilling – but has established a strong national presence, as well. The group has expanded to encompass all methods of trenchless construction and rehabilitation.

As 2013 comes to a close, NTA members are busy completing final plans for taking its January annual meeting on the road to be held in conjunction with the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT), January 28-30 in Houston. It will be the first time the annual meeting has not been in a New England state.

The NTA is composed of trenchless technology contractors, suppliers and engineers – all volunteers dedicated to the quality improvement of the trenchless industry in the region. Current membership is diverse, composed of those engaged in all methods of trenchless construction design and execution employed in the Northeast United States, including horizontal directional drilling (HDD), pipe bursting, pipe ramming, jack and bore, microtunneling, cured-In-place-pipe (CIPP) lining and other trenchless applications. Associate members represent equipment and drilling fluid manufacturers, pipe suppliers, engineers and product support services.

During 2013, NTA has focused on primary goals of educating and training members and industry stakeholders, including utility owners and operators, and providing visibility for New England’s trenchless industry, said Steve Marcucio, NTA president, whose term will end at the January 2014 annual meeting.

During the past year, the board of directors has focused on refining the strategic plan for the NTA as the association moves forward and strengthening the relationships with other industry associations and organizations.

Relationships
As part of NTA’s mission and strategic planning, Marcucio said, the association has formed relationships with many professionals and industry associations throughout the country which have allowed members to collaborate on multiple levels with efforts underway both regionally and nationally. One example is recent collaboration with the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University and partnership with the TTC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in presenting a municipal outreach seminar in New England.