UCT Attendance Jumps 21%

Educational Program Cited For Excellence
March 2011, Vol. 66 No. 3

After three years on the road, the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exposition returned “home” to Houston and posted a 21 percent increased in attendance over the 2010 show.

“Registration for this year’s show was a significant increase over the past few years,” said UCT Show Manager Karen Francis. “We were pleased with the turnout. But more than that, as the industry’s largest event dedicated to the underground infrastructure, UCT is often a precursor of the market’s overall economic health.”

Many attendees and exhibitors also said they were pleased with the event, which featured new hours for educational programs and the exhibit hall which opened earlier on the first day and closed at noon the final day.

More than 100 educational sessions covered a wide range of timely topics, including tracks about sewer and water rehabilitation technologies, advances in CIPP technologies, pipebursting, storm water, sewer construction, WaterWorks conference, trenchless technical symposium, alternative energy construction and a new Rigonomics program about the business aspects of horizontal directional drilling. (Editor's Note: Want to participate in the educational sessions for UCT 2012? Submit a technical paper or session proposal.)

For the second year, UCT included a Damage Protection and Safety Program expanded for 2011 and a locator seminar, conducted by Staking University. Also included was a “Safe Zone” on the exhibit floor, where a raised surface permitted simulated underground utilities for participants to locate, putting into practice classroom lessons.

As it has since 2002, the RehabZone, a show-within-a-show on the UCT exhibit floor, provided a generic, non-selling event dedicated to providing basic general information about water and sewer rehabilitation technologies without referencing specific brands and products. RehabZone Chairperson Dorcas Hermes said the ’Zone drew record attendance in 2011.

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“UCT was absolutely outstanding this year,” said Chris Brahler, president and chief executive officer of TT Technologies. “UCT is a great industry event. It showcases the trenchless market very well and provides us with essential networking to further the advancement of trenchless technology.”

Greg Wilder, Comtran Group, Buford, GA, said this year’s UCT had a lot of new technology.