UCT 2013 Offers More – Education, Exhibits, Special Programs, Business Opportunities

December 2012, Vol. 67 No. 12
UCT 2012

Organizations exhibiting their products and services along with underground construction professionals that serve the broad range of utility construction and rehabilitation markets, are eagerly anticipating the 2013 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) Jan. 29-31, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Advance reservations indicate the number attending in 2013 will surpass the 2012 total. In fact, hotel space was nearly sold-out at press time.

UCT is the only annual underground construction industry event that brings together utility providers, consulting engineers, manufacturers, contractors and service providers in a professional business and educational environment.

Almost 500 booths will fill Hall E at the convention center, and the show-within-a show RehabZone has 12,000 square feet of space for its unique “no selling” exhibits about rehabilitation technologies and services.

Many companies are planning introduction of new products and service, and first-time and longtime exhibitors are busy completing plans for their exhibits to make maximum impact.

“We’re looking forward to UCT -- it’s an event we never miss,” said Chris Brahler, president of TT Technologies. “We have been at every UCT show from the beginning; it’s a great way to begin the new year and we are optimistic we’ll see an improved economy in 2013.”

Enhanced schedule
Exhibit hall and educational program hours for 2013 have been adjusted to allow attendees to maximize their time spent at both the educational sessions and exhibit hall:

• Tuesday, Jan. 29
Educational Sessions: 8:30 a.m. to noon
Exhibit Hall opens: 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall reception: 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Wednesday Jan. 30
Educational Sessions: 8:30 a.m. to noon
Exhibit Hall opens: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Networking Receptions: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Thursday, Jan. 31
Educational Sessions: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Exhibit Hall open: 9 a.m. to noon (show closes)

At a noon luncheon Tuesday, Antonio V. Almeida, P.E., program manager and business development, Halff Associates, will receive the 2013 Most Valuable Professional Award. Almeida has served the water and wastewater industries for 41 years, much of that time with the Dallas Water Utilities Department. He was extremely active as a committee chairman with ASTM helping shepherd industry through a critical period when several significant issues were being debated.