WESTT No-Dig Travels To Oahu - The Gathering Place

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

Samuel Ariaratnam, advisor, WESTT board of directors, Arizona State University, comments: “Hawaii is a state that has undertaken some of the most challenging new trenchless installation projects over the past 10 plus years. Monumental horizontal directional drilling and microtunneling projects have been showcased largely in part because of the difficult geological terrain. WESTT is excited about reaching out to the underground infrastructure community in Hawaii and educating them on some of the case histories that have been completed on the mainland.”

“Despite the difficult economy, market conditions for trenchless technology are holding steady,” adds Glynn. “There is continued R&D on new and more improved trenchless products for both the water and wastewater industry. This year, there was record attendance at the NASTT No-Dig National Conference and we are anticipating another successful conference in 2010.”

Packed schedule

A busy schedule of presentations and training sessions delivered by industry experts and exhibits will highlight the convention.

“Attendees will benefit by learning about trenchless technology from industry leaders who will be presenting peer reviewed and nationally tested technical papers,” says Glynn. “Topics will cover the planning and design of both microtunneling and conventional tunneling projects, HDD design, small diameter boring, pipe bursting, manhole rehabilitation and carbon footprints of underground utility projects. In addition, attendees will receive eight hours of course instruction on the design and construction of either pipe bursting or horizontal directional drilling from experts in their fields. All of this will be provided at a very reasonable price, in a very beautiful setting.”

On the first day, conference goers can learn from and participate in paper presentations designed especially for public officials, engineers, utility company personnel, designers and contractors. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available and will be provided by Arizona State University. Attendees can earn 1.6 credit hours upon completion of the two-day event.

The second day will feature two of NASTT's good practices courses - the HDD Good Practices Guidelines and the NASTT Pipe Bursting Good Practices. Full conference attendees may choose to participate in either course.

The technical sessions and training courses are unique in that sales pitches are not allowed in any of the presentations. Speakers will present case histories and projects that are beneficial to the industry as a whole.

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