RehabZone Wows Again

March 2012, Vol. 67 No. 3

The RehabZone completed another successful run at the 2012 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) held in San Antonio Jan. 24-26.

The RehabZone continues to be the only industry event that provides generic information about water and sewer rehabilitation technologies without reference to specific brands or products. The ’Zone has occupied a special section on the UCT exhibit floor for the past 10 years.

After exiting the 2012 RehabZone, Todd Kilburn, Precision Industrial Maintenance, Schenectady, NY, concisely summed up what the exhibits represent: “The RehabZone provides a good overview of the industry from the early days to today’s technologies.”

Every visitor interviewed praised the Pima County, Arizona Sewer and Pipe Artifacts Exhibit which again was the first section upon entering the RehabZone and organized by Jon Schladweiler.

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The path through the ’Zone then featured technology stations covering 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.

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Demos and challenges
This year’s RehabZone also provided an ideal forum to debut NASSCO’s new jetter video. This video provides basic instruction on the safe and efficient use of sewer jetting and cleaning equipment.

Next up was the live demonstration area which each day featured demonstrations, sponsored by LMK Technologies, Permaliner and Cues/Rapidview, that included CCTV pipe inspections, reinstating sewer laterals and cured-in-place pipe technology.

The final stop was the Skills Challenge. “A new feature this year was the Skills Challenge,” said Dorcas Hermes, RehabZone chairperson. “We had challenge events for PACP coding and robotic pipe cutting. The event was well received.”

The PACP event provided an opportunity to code defects from video to meet PACP standards, added NASSCO Executive Director Ted DeBoda. “NASSCO intends to offer these training opportunities at no charge on the NASSCO website,” he added.

Near the exit was a display of the popular RehabZone t-shirts given each year to those who complete a trip through the stations.

What they’re saying
Several visitors shared comments about the RehabZone.