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RehabZone Successfully Continues Industry Information Mission
A national winter weather emergency may have slowed traffic initially for the 2014 RehabZone, but organizers were still pleased with the results of the annual event held in conjunction with the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) in Houston.
The RehabZone is the popular “show within a show” at UCT which offers objective, “no-sell” information about pipeline rehabilitation technologies.
“The weather scared off some people, but those who were committed to coming and getting the information they needed showed up,” said Guy Leslie, RehabZone vice chairman. “Those of us with trade show experience remember other, similar situations where attendance figures were down, but it seems there always is a core group that gets to the show no matter what, and exhibitors place a high value on these quality attendees.
“Therefore, we consider the 2014 RehabZone well-attended success.”
As always, the 2014 ’Zone included several changes to improve visitors’ learning experience. Space was substantially larger than past events. Information in stations was updated to include new products and services and displays were made more visually appealing and easier to understand. The popular Sewer History and Pipe Artifacts Exhibit again was positioned just inside the RehabZone’s entrance.
A variation of the popular demonstrations in the RehabZone Live area included hour-long technology demonstrations, many including hands-on “test drives” for participating attendees.
“It’s easier to get an understanding and perspective of a technology by actually using it,” said Leslie. “The presentation/demonstration/test drive area was very successful and we will continue to develop the concept.”
Companies participating were LMK Technologies, RS Technical Services, Permaliner, Reline America, Rapidview IBAK, ADS Inserta Tee, Pipeline Renewal Technologies, Danby and Southern Trenchless.
The 2014 UCT show was the first for Rodney McClain, director of public utilities for the Stoney Creek Sanitary District, Woodstock. VA. McClain said he was impressed with the overall show and the RehabZone.
“It’s good to learn about the technologies available to help deal with work we do every day,” he said. “We were interested in exploring the options for manhole rehabilitation work we have scheduled. At the RehabZone we were able to learn about available methods.”