RehabZone Garners Record Attendance

March 2011, Vol. 66 No. 3
A view of the exhibit hall from UCT 2011.

The RehabZone posted record attendance at the 2011 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exposition (UCT) held Jan. 24-27 in Houston.

For the past 10 years, the RehabZone has been a popular show-within-a-show at UCT as a generic, non-selling event dedicated to providing basic general information about water and sewer rehabilitation technologies without referencing specific brands and products.

“Drawing record attendance and rave reviews from attendees, the 2011 RehabZone experienced another successful year bringing our industry’s history and current and future technologies to those attending UCT,” said Dorcas Hermes, chairperson of the 2011 event.

The RehabZone is sponsored by NASSCO in cooperation with the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Trenchless Installation of Pipelines and Pipeline Infrastructure Systems technical committee, the Water Environment Federation’s Collection System Committee and Underground Construction magazine. It is funded by sponsoring organizations and participating companies.

For 2011, Hermes said the RehabZone committee raised more in company sponsorships than any other year, enabling the committee to upgrade the RehabZone in several areas, including new banners for technology sections, a suspended overhead sign and the purchase of new easels for the technology posters.

“The emerging technologies section made its debut this year featuring several new technologies and improvements to technologies in our industry,” she continued. “Our Live Demonstration arena was a flurry of activity, again bringing a hands-on approach to many of the trenchless rehabilitation technologies and systems in our industry. Danby Pipe loaned its large diameter mock-up of a concrete reinforced pipe which served nicely as an exit.”

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Stations in the RehabZone included 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 the new emerging technologies station

Noting the 2011 RehabZone was his first as executive director of NASSCO, Ted DeBoda called the educational value of the RehabZone “phenomenal.” Excellent planning by the RehabZone committee led by Dorcus Hermes produced an exceptional event, he added.