RehabZone Goes ‘Live’

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | December 2009 Vol. 64 No. 12

For the first time in its nine-year history, demonstrations will be part of the RehabZone at the 2010 UCT Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition, better known simply as UCT.

UCT 2010 will make its first visit to Florida on Jan. 19-21 at the waterfront Tampa Convention Center. The RehabZone has become an integral part of the UCT exhibition.

The RehabZone is about educating the industry regarding rehabilitating our nation's underground infrastructure, said Larry Keist, 2010 RehabZone chairman.

"We are gearing up to provide the most comprehensive ever presentation of no dig rehabilitation technology," Keist pointed out. "Certainly the demonstrations bring a new dimension to the ’Zone, and industry experts bring education to the forefront of the RehabZone experience."

The new Live Technology Arena in the RehabZone will provide bleacher seating for live technology demonstrations. Topics include simultaneous main/lateral CIPP (cured in place pipe) lining, chemical grout injection, CCTV laser profiling, small diameter pipe CIPP lining, pipeline inspection using zoom technology, laboratory testing of CIPP, mechanical joint sealing, robotic cutting for pipelining and automated wireless pipeline Inspection.

Demonstrations are scheduled at specific times throughout the conference.

Sponsored by NASSCO (National Association Of Sewer Service Companies), the RehabZone's unique non selling approach contains exhibits presenting generic information about water and sewer rehabilitation technologies without referencing product brands. It is the only event of its kind in the industry and has been a part of UCT since 2002.

What to expect
Keist describes what attendees can look forward to experiencing in the 2010 ’Zone:

"On entering the RehabZone," he said, "visitors walk under a live CIPP liner being air inverted through a 4 inch glass pipe with multiple 90 degree fittings, a demonstration of how CIPP is inverted, advancing the liner through a pipe from only one access point. Next is the museum quality Pima County, Arizona Historic Sewer and Pipe Artifacts Exhibit documenting the history of pipes, tools, and equipment of the past. Visitors then can make stops at stations staffed by experts that explain various rehabilitation technologies."