Silicon Valley Hosts WESTT No-Dig

August 2011, Vol. 66 No. 8

The 7th Annual Western Regional No-Dig Conference & Exhibition to be held Oct. 3-4, at the Wyndham Hotel in San Jose, CA.

The Western Society for Trenchless Technology (WESTT) is sponsoring the conference, which provides the latest information in trenchless technology from experts in the field through an informative technical program and product exhibit area. Industry sponsors, to date, include Underground Construction magazine, TT Technologies and Prime Coatings Inc.

As the largest city in the Californian valley, San Jose's location within the booming local technology industry earned the city its nickname, Capital of Silicon Valley. The San Jose/Silicon Valley area is a major component of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.5 million people and the sixth largest metropolitan area in the United States.

For local municipalities, contractors, manufacturers and consultants, San Jose is an ideal location for the conference, according to Jennifer Glynn, WESTT board of director member, RMC Water and Environment. In addition to the city’s Sanitary Sewer Capital Improvement Program, which includes the condition-assessment, planning, design and construction management of the city’s 2,200 miles of sewers, Glynn points out that “San Jose is central to all of the local municipalities in the Bay Area and there are many trenchless projects currently going on there. Travel is also convenient by car from the nearby Central Valley, Sacramento and Central California or attendees can fly from Southern California, Nevada and Arizona with ease.”

Glynn says that conference organizers are expecting another strong turnout for this year’s event, equal to last year’s attendance of more than 100 people. “Although the economy has been struggling, trenchless design and construction has continued to thrive in Northern California,” she adds.

Benefits
The two-day event will qualify attendees to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), issued through Arizona State University, during the eight hours of instruction. The courses are designed for public officials, engineers, utility company personnel and contractors who are involved with constructing, rehabilitating and managing underground utilities. Attendees will have the benefit of hearing about trenchless technology from industry experts who will be presenting peer reviewed technical papers on a wide range of topics that include pipe bursting, structural water main rehabilitation, on-grade installation of sanitary sewers, leak and gas detection, microtunnel jacking, HDD crossing, pipe ramming and much more.

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