Tampa Hosts Successful UCT 2010

March 2010 Vol. 65 No. 3

"UCT is always very informative with good information about what's new in the underground construction industry," he said.

David Bartosh, Georgia Underground, brought two staff members with him to Tampa.

"We come to UCT each year to stay in touch with manufacturers and to learn about new technologies – particularly in the rehabilitation industry – as they apply to the customers we serve."

Mr. Manhole first exhibited its manhole repair system in 2008 and returned in 2010 with a larger exhibit space.

"We have grown since our first UCT and we're back this year to show a new product," said Mr. Manhole's Tripp Davis. "We have strengthened our distribution system and training programs and look forward to a good year in 2010."

Dave Wisniewski, Vermeer senior director of underground solutions, said booth traffic in Tampa was good for Vermeer.

"We were especially pleased with the interest our new products generated with contractors. There seems to be a lot of excitement about the new technologies that are being introduced to the trenchless industry."

Getting educated
UCT's educational program continues to grow in size and scope.

In Tampa, there were 90 regular educational sessions (60 hours) covering most areas of the underground utility construction and rehabilitation. In addition, a growing number of organizations are scheduling pre- and post-show programs. Attendees had the opportunity to accumulate CEU/PDH credits.

CUIRE training schools conducted programs on trenchless construction methods for water, sewer, gas, highway and railroad crossings, joint utilities and cable projects; pipe lining and renewal methods; and advanced horizontal directional drilling.

The one-day Sewer Rehabilitation Strategy Workshop was back by popular demand. It was conducted George Kurz of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon and Pat Stephens of ADS.

A special ASCE Workshop covered manhole inspection and rehabilitation and Staking University conducted a Locator Certification Seminar.

NASSCO held training for PACP Trainer Recertification; CIPP Inspection and Training; Pipeline Assessment and Certification; and MACP training.

NASTT held Good Practices courses covering Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP), Horizontal Directional Drilling and Pipe Bursting.