NTA Wraps Up Successful 2008; Plans For Future

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | February 2009 Vol. 64 No.2
The 2009 NTA Board includes (L to R): Harold Morse, Brian Dorwart, Matt Timberlake, Ralph Edwards, and Bruce Hubbard.
  • Two NTA members appeared on the education program at the 2008 UCT show in Atlanta, GA;
  • Speakers at meetings throughout the year are nationally recognized experts in their fields;
  • A HDPE pipe subcommittee was established and made presentations during the year, including one to the Maine Water Utilities Association; and
  • A Member Think Tank subcommittee was formed with the goal of assisting the board with ideas for future meetings and developing a NTA safety slogan.

"The New Hampshire Department of Transportation has requested a presentation on trenchless construction applications to determine how they might incorporate trenchless into their projects," said Hubbard. "We will make the presentation in February or March."

Hubbard said he is especially pleased with progress made in educating the engineering community and attracting engineers to membership in the NTA.

Looking ahead

For 2009 and an uncertain economy, Hubbard said the association will be an important source of support of members in sustaining their businesses, continuing educational programs and promoting the benefits of trenchless construction.

The new year's programs got off to a good start in January at the annual meeting in Boxborough, MA, with workshops on fluid recycling systems, reading and understanding soil reports, basic techniques for fusing HDPE pipe, new drilling techniques, operation and maintenance of high pressure piston pumps, locating techniques, environmental benefits of trenchless construction, bypass pumping systems, prevention of crossbores through sewer laterals, preparation of contracts and effective techniques for promotion during economic downturns. A highlight of the meeting was a presentation by Eric Giguere titled A Real Life Lesson in Safety.

Receiving the Founder's Award at the meeting was Danielle Martin, general manager, Henniker Directional Drilling, Henniker, NH. Martin served as NTA president in 2007.

Hubbard is project manager at ETTI, Lisbon Falls, ME. His term as president ended at the January meeting.

New officers are: Ralph Edwards, Vermeer Northeast, Hopkinton, MA, president; Matt Timberlake, Ted Berry Co., Livermore, ME, vice president, and Brian Dorwart, Haley & Aldrich, Manchester, NH, secretary.

The 2009 NTA Board also includes Harold (Corky) Morse, Bore-Tech, secretary; and Bruce Hubbard, ETTI Directional Drilling, outgoing 2008 president. Not pictured is Jim Hargraves, director, retired from Ditch Witch of New England.