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RehabZone A Home Run For UCT Attendees
New faces, familiar faces, all with smiles and a thumbs-up thank you.
That’s how Daniel Magill describes the 2013 RehabZone at the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) held in Houston the last week of January.
The RehabZone at UCT is unquestionably the best source of the latest information available about sewer rehabilitation technologies and services, added Magill, who served as chairperson for the 2013 event.
“The RehabZone is a unique, 10,000-square-foot array of technology stations, beginning with what was considered state of the art 100-plus years ago, to current and emerging technologies,” continued Magill. “RehabZone attendees experienced the evolutionary progress of the industry and got to ask a lot of questions and get answers from industry experts.”
What sets the RehabZone apart from other trade shows and industry events is its non-commercial, no-sell format. Information in stations and presentations is generic, providing a sales pressure-free environment for obtaining objective information about the many and changing rehabilitation technologies.
New this year was scheduled guided tours.
“This new feature was designed for both new visitors and RehabZone veterans,” said Magill. “They provided a private tour conducted by an industry expert who led the group through the various stations, ending at the live demonstration area. All reports we received from tour participants were extremely positive and guide Gerry Muenchmeyer’s chronicle of his experience makes me wonder whether he’s ready to start a new career as a tour guide.”
As it always is, the Sewer and Pipe Artifacts Exhibit was just inside the RehabZone’s entrance. However, displays in this exhibit are not static; curator Jon Schladweiler works throughout the year updating and adding new elements. Next along the route are technology stations, ending at the live demonstration and Skills Challenge areas.
Companies conducting demonstrations were ADS/Inserta Tee, Aries Industries, Avanti International, LMK Technologies, Perma-Liner Industries, and RapidView.
The Skills Challenge is a work in progress and took a step forward in its second year with participation of ADS/Inserta Tee, LMK Technologies and SAK.