UCT Attendance Jumps 21%

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

“We are a telecom and specialty directional boring company,” he said. “We’re seeing new equipment such as smaller drill rigs, new tooling that will help work in rock, and learning about capabilities of bigger machines. In addition, we’re making a lot of good contacts. I’ve attended UCT before, but never the educational sessions. They are very good, and I’ve gotten a lot out of them.”

Tom Bender, TWS Drilling and Construction, Big Sandy, TX, said his company’s personnel have been attending UCT since the first show.

“It was out on I-10 at a hotel,” he remembered. “It’s sure come a long way since then. We always learn something every year.”

Rob Bright, Kenny Construction, Northbrook, IL, said his company’s primary work is sewer lining and tunneling.

“The seminars here are good,” he said. “We learned about pipebursting, and found a lot of good displays in the exhibit hall. We found some new products we like, such as a miniature steam boiler for curing pipe. It’s also good to come here and see many familiar faces from companies we work with in Illinois.”

Siggi Finnsson, Digital Control Inc. (DCI) said the show was “good.” He added that DCI introduced its new F5 DigiTrak locating system, the top-of-the-line model of the company’s new F Series horizontal directional drilling locating and tracking equipment, and the product “generated a lot of attention.”

Pipeline Machinery International, Houston, exhibited the new Deckhand hydraulic pipe handling system from LaValley Industries, Bemidji, MN. “We received a ton of interest,” said LaValley’s Jason LaValley.

First-time exhibitor PumpBiz, Northbrook, IL, attracted attention with its new Portapump, a portable trash pump the user can carry with a sling over the shoulder, similar to a string trimmer, which the product resembles.

“It’s as simple to use as a trimmer,” said Jeff Richmond, exhibit spokesman. “The self-priming pump is for dewatering small pits, trenches, manholes, valve boxes and depositing water. A hose carries water away from the area being dewatered. The show is excellent, and we are getting interest from municipal employees and contractors. The show is well attended and is bringing in the proper people for our product.”

A growing number of industry organizations continue to plan events in conjunction with UCT. This year, they included CUIRE (Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education) with two full days of training that began the Sunday before UCT opened, NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies), a primary sponsor of the RehabZone, and the North American Society of Trenchless Technology.