UCTA Hosts Regional WaterWorks Conference

December 2009 Vol. 64 No. 12

Building on the success of the acclaimed WaterWorks Conference held the past three years during the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT), the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) and UCT teamed again to host a regional WaterWorks Conference at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, on Oct. 26-27.

Attendees represented municipalities and public works, engineers and contractors who had an interest in solving the problems of the nation’s aging water infrastructure.

The event kicked off with the 10th Annual UCTA Golf Tournament held at the Hermann Park Golf Course. Though inclement weather put a damper on the tournament, the monies donated for the event by sponsoring companies will go toward the association’s college scholarship fund. Sponsoring companies included: platinum sponsors Magnum Tunneling, HOBAS Pipe USA, BorTunCo and Vermeer; patron sponsors Cierra Pipe and American Commercial; and hole sponsors Mission Clay Pipe, Performance Pipe and American Ductile Iron Pipe.

After opening remarks by UCTA President Pat Mann, chief operating officer of Magnum Tunneling, and Program Conference Chair Rafael Ortega, vice president of LAN, the sessions focused on the construction and rehabilitation of water transmission and distribution systems.

Expert speakers from across North America shared their knowledge and insight into the critically important water infrastructure. Among the speakers in the morning sessions were Frank Crumb, water director, city of Fort Worth Water Department, who discussed “Asset Management: How To Prioritize Replacement Projects;” Casey Cords, Performance Pipe, shared “HDPE Uses In Water Rehabilitation;” George Ruchti, chair, ASCE Pipeline Division Task Committee on Water Pipe Condition Assessment, explained “Water Pipeline Condition Assessment: Why It Is Needed, Where We Are With It;” and David Rosenberg, business development manager, Insituform Technologies, discussed “Pressured And Drinking Water Pipeline Rehabilitation.” A special Engineering Ethics course was taught by Dr. Cumaraswamy Vipulanandan, director of CIGMAT-University of Houston.