RehabZone Adds Technology Test Drive

December 2013, Vol. 68 No. 12

Visitors to the 2014 RehabZone can expect it to be the same as it’s always been – but different.

As it has since 2002, the RehabZone will be a “show within a show” on the exhibit floor of the 2014 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Jan. 28-30.

The ’Zone’s basic “no-sell” format is unchanged, the only event in the industry that takes this unique approach where visitors find objective information from generic presentations about the always-changing range of pipeline rehabilitation technologies.

Just as it has in previous years, the familiar historic Sewer and Pipe Artifacts Exhibit will be just inside the RehabZone’s entrance. On leaving the historic exhibits, visitors will take a path through technology stations staffed by experts in each discipline.

Stations in the RehabZone include the NASSCO Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) and Inspector Training Certification Program (ITCP), closed circuit television (CCTV), bypass pumping, sectional CIPP lining, joint and seal repairs, water main lining, lateral lining, grouting, root control, manhole linings and coatings and emerging technologies.

Same as always, but also different – information in stations has been updated to include new products and services and to make displays more appealing visually and easier to understand.

RehabZone Chairperson Daniel Magill tells of other ways the RehabZone will be different.

“To start with,” Magill said, “the 2014 RehabZone has more space – 10,800 square feet – a 12.5 percent increase. We have changed the location of the entrance, making it more centralized in relation to the adjoining UCT exhibit floor and easier for visitors to find and access. A large, egg-shaped liner will help draw attention to the entrance.”

To promote the RehabZone to all visitors to the UCT floor, exhibitors who are RehabZone sponsors will have RehabZone decals in front of their booths and offer printed invitations to visit the ’Zone to those who visit their exhibits.

Big changes are in store at the end of the RehabZone’s path through the various stations.

“The area where exhibitors previously conducted demonstrations for the Skills Challenge will be used for ‘Power Hours’,” said Magill. “Participating companies will provide technology presentations or hands-on demonstrations – or both – as part of the new ‘Technology Test Drive’ offering. Schedules will be posted at the UCT show registration, at the RehabZone entrance and in the ‘Power Hour’ demonstration area.”

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