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UCT 2013 Offers More – Education, Exhibits, Special Programs, Business Opportunities
UCT’s Primary Education Program will feature about 100 sessions conducted by industry professionals and will include new tutorials, engaging panel discussions, interactive presentations and detailed case histories covering the full spectrum of underground utility construction and rehabilitation. The program again includes the Damage Prevention and Safety track with sessions targeting underground damage and safety topics.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are awarded for attendance at most sessions in the primary education program in cooperation with the University of Texas at Arlington.
The RehabZone has become a vital part of UCT and will again include the popular history of pipes, tools and equipment. Visitors through the ’Zone travel a route of stations that provide information about rehabilitation technologies and services in a generic, no-selling format unique in the industry. It will be open during exhibit hall hours.
UCT’s unique place in the industry is recognized by a growing number of industry organizations that schedule pre- and post-show events and training programs in conjunction with UCT.
In 2013, those events include:
• CUIRE (Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education) will conduct engineering and inspector training schools and will be held on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 27-28;
• Structural Design for Rigid Pipes, taught by Dr. George McAlpine, Monday, Jan. 28;
• Waterworks Conference scheduled Jan. 29-30. The conference provides a forum where water professionals can meet to gain insight about how current economic conditions are affecting the water industry and exchange ideas about challenges being faced by cities across the country;
• NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) has a variety of training programs scheduled throughout the week;
• Ethics for Engineers is a mandatory course for renewing engineering licenses in many states. The course will be offered twice, on Jan. 29 and Jan. 31;
• The NASTT (North American Society for Trenchless Technology) Pipe Bursting Good Practices Course is scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 30;
• Staking University’s Locator Certification Training Course also is scheduled Wednesday, Jan. 30; and
• Damage Investigation & Prevention Workshop will be held Monday, Jan. 28. The course is being taught by Ron Peterson, executive director of the National Utility Locating Contractors Association.
All of these courses also offer CEU and PDH credits.