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NTA To Hold Annual Meeting At UCT
“Over the years,” said Marcucio, “we have had multiple exchanges with the Ohio HDD Association – now Great Lakes Trenchless Association (GLTA) – and often have members of our executive boards attend each other’s meetings or present case studies at each other’s conferences. This will continue in 2014 with an NTA member attending the GLTA Annual Conference and presenting case studies and lessons learned from various projects in New England.”
NTA members also collaborated with the IPBA (International Pipe Bursting Association) and other HDD groups on vetting industry consensus documents and participating in work groups that serve the industry as a whole.
The NTA website (http://northeasttrenchless.org) continues to be a point of reference not only for members, but the industry in general. The site contains excellent descriptions of the various trenchless technologies. The NTA membership list provides valuable contacts and there are links to key industry sources of information. The association’s social media presence through Facebook and LinkedIn provides broad opportunities for interaction. A quarterly newsletter is distributed to members and non-members, highlighting case studies from NTA members and schedules of upcoming industry events.
As trenchless construction continues to become a widely accepted method for installing and rehabilitating underground infrastructure, Marcucio said it is important for NTA to continue to be a reliable and consistent source for trenchless training opportunities for municipal utility system operators and consulting engineers.
“It is essential that the technology is applied properly and that potential users understand the technology that they often read about in trade publications,” he said. “Additionally, the NTA must serve its members’ needs and give a return on the investment for both the membership fees and their time investment to be involved in association programs.”
Holding the annual meeting in conjunction with the national UCT Show will allow members the opportunity not only to network with other NTA members, but to take advantage of the strong technical program and trade show exhibits assembled by UCT, he added.