WESTT No-Dig Travels To Oahu - The Gathering Place

By Traci Read, Senior Editor | August 2009 Vol. 64 No. 8

Honolulu, Hawaii will be the host of the 5th Annual Western Regional No-Dig Conference & Exhibition to be held Sept. 10-11, at the Sheraton Waikiki Resort located on Waikiki Beach in Oahu.

The Western Society for Trenchless Technology (WESTT) and co-host Underground Construction magazine, are sponsoring the conference, which provides the latest information in trenchless technology from experts in the field through an informative technical program and product exhibit area.

Established in 2004 as a non-profit organization, WESTT includes the following states: Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico. WESTT is a regional chapter of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) which is affiliated with the International Society for Trenchless Technology. The mission of WESTT and NASTT is to promote education and development of trenchless technology for public benefit.

Oahu certainly lives up to its nickname, “The Gathering Place.” The third largest island is home to the majority of Hawaii’s diverse population, a fusion of East and West cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the native Hawaiian people. In addition, Oahu is home to numerous historic landmarks and significant points of interest that shed light on these fascinating facets of Hawaii’s recent past. What better place to gather together to learn about the expanding technologies, methods and education involved in the trenchless industry?

“Hawaii has quite a lot of trenchless work going on,” says Jennifer Glynn, chairman, WESTT Board of Directors, RMC Water and Environment. “Choosing to have our conference in this location is in response to the difficult economy. Municipalities in Hawaii have a difficult time justifying sending their employees to the mainland to attend the NASTT National No-Dig Conference. This is especially true in the current economy. So, we are bringing the benefits of that conference to them at a very reasonable price. WESTT’s mission is educating others on the benefits of trenchless technology. We believe that our choice to have the conference in Hawaii this year will benefit local Hawaiian municipalities by providing them with valuable information at a reasonable price in their own backyard. We expect most of our attendees to come from Hawaii. However, we have had positive responses from others within the mainland’s Western region.”