TTC Quietly Celebrates 20th Anniversary

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | October 2011, Vol. 66 No. 10

State-of-the-Art Research Facility

A milestone for the Trenchless Technology Center came in 2008 with the dedication of the National Trenchless Technology Research Facility on the university’s South Campus.

This 5,000-square-foot facility was funded largely by Industry Advisory Board members and is the largest dedicated trenchless technology research facility in North America.

The laboratory is fully equipped to perform most research functions and includes a strong floor, two soil boxes, a full materials testing system and an outdoor in-situ pipe testing field. The laboratory has allowed the TTC to nearly double its research capacity. Previously TTC’s laboratories were spread throughout the campus, but with the new facility the TTC can focus its efforts more efficiently. Even with the new facility the TTC maintains several special laboratories for CIPP and geopolymer research on the main campus.

HED: Trenchless Library

The TTC maintains the world’s most extensive library of trenchless technology literature ranging from research reports from around the world to conference proceedings. The TTC recently obtained the majority of the International Society for Trenchless Technology’s library and is in the process of cataloging and incorporating it into the TTC database.