2013 NO-DIG SHOW HEADS WEST!

2013 NO-DIG SHOW HEADS WEST

The NASTT No-Dig Show is heading West in 2013, setting up its annual trenchless pilgrimage in Sacramento, Calif., where the underground infrastructure has benefited over the last decade from all the trenchless industry has to offer.

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For the first time since 2007, the No-Dig Show is coming to California, March 3-7 at the Sacramento Convention Center, bringing together, public works officials, engineers, contractors, academicians and manufacturers from around the globe. The theme for this year’s event is “The Great Trenchless Gold Rush.”

Sponsored by the North American Society of Trenchless Technology (NASTT), this annual event draws trenchless professionals from around the world to the largest and only conference and tradeshow in North America dedicated solely to the promotion of trenchless technology. Through exhibits, educational seminars and fun networking events, the No-Dig Show is a must-attend event for the trenchless professional.

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The trenchless industry continues to grow and reach more engineers, contractors and municipalities each year and the 2013 conference organizers hope to capitalize on that momentum with a strong No-Dig Show. In 2013, more than 140 exhibitors will fill the 84,000-sq ft exhibit hall at the Sacramento Convention Center, displaying the latest in trenchless equipment and technology and be on hand to answer attendees’ questions.

Along with the jam-packed exhibit hall, the No-Dig technical paper program is also an important part of the show’s success and stature — the true heart and soul of the conference. 2013 brings 155-peer-reviewed technical papers to be presented, focusing on a diverse range of trenchless topics, including horizontal directional drilling, cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), microtunneling, inspection, case histories, asset management, pipe jacking and ramming, water and sewer rehabilitation, project planning, inspection and trenchless research.

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New to the program is “Trenchless in the City,” which features papers from different trenchless projects happening on the West Coast. Checkout the program schedule for the specific papers highlighted in these sessions: Trenchless in Northern California; Trenchless in Oregon; Trenchless in Southern California; Trenchless in Washington; and Trenchless in the Rockies.

Attendees can choose among what peer-reviewed paper presentations they want to see. The papers are evaluated based on relevance, usefulness and non-commercialism. The No-Dig papers are presented in a six-track schedule and are grouped mostly by subject matter so attendees can choose to attend five paper presentations at any given time.

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Pre- and post-conference seminars are also on the schedule for attendees at an additional cost. On Sunday, March 3, NASTT’s Trenchless Technology Short Courses-New Construction and Rehabilitation will be held. The course is ideally suited for both newcomers to the industry and for anyone who is interested in seeking a refresher course on trenchless technology methods. This year, the program is divided into two courses —New Installation and Rehabilitation — so that the material can be covered in a one-day course.

On March 6-7, several informative courses are slated, presented by NASTT and NASSCO. From NASTT: Cured-in-Place Pipe Good Practices Course; Laterals Rehabilitation & Replacement Good Practices Course; Horizontal Directional Drilling Good Practices Guidelines Course; Pipe Bursting Good Practices Course; and New Installation Methods Good Practices. From NASSCO: PACP Trainer Recertification.

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Although the No-Dig Show is the conduit to promote and advance the trenchless marketplace through education and exhibits, there’s also the social aspect of the conference that fosters networking opportunities for attendees, as well as just some fun and good times.

The conference gets under way with its annual Kick-off Breakfast on Monday, March 4. During this event, the formal presentation of the 2013 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year will be made. Also at this event, the winners, runners up and honorable mentions for the 2012 Trenchless Technology Projects of the Year for Rehabilitation and New Installation will be formally recognized, as well as NASTT’s 2012 Outstanding Papers in Rehabilitation and New Installation Awards. Entertainment for this event will be comedian and magician Dana Daniels.

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Also on March 4, NASTT will hold its 12th annual Educational Fund Auction & Reception. This annual event is the perfect opportunity for attendees to mingle and relax, as well as bid on items for an excellent cause — the Educational Fund, which supports student chapters, target research, training modules and other trenchelss education. Since 2001, this auction has raised more than $533,000. The Program Committee challenges you to revisit your ‘60s “Flower Child” days, asking you to don your best bell bottoms, tie-dye shirts and peace symbols to compete for best costume.

On Tuesday, March 5, NASTT will host its annual Gala Awards Dinner. During this popular event, the trenchless community gathers for a night of fun, food and dancing. Also, NASTT will present several awards and will induct its second class into the NASTT Hall of Fame: the late Eric Wood, founder of Insituform; Dr. David Bennett, P.E., founder of Bennett Trenchless Engineers; and Ed Malzahn, founder of The Charles Machine Works. The evening’s entertainment will be presented by Circo Magnifico — an amazing show featuring extraordinary feats of human ability and exhilarating music.

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To close out the 2013 No-Dig event is the annual Closing Luncheon on Wednesday, March 6. Here, attendees can enjoy lunch, entertainment and say good-bye to their fellow trenchless professionals before heading home. This event will also feature the comic talents of Jack Gallagher.

For more information about the 2013 No-Dig Show, visit www.nodigshow.com or contact Benjamin Media, which handles the show’s management, at (330) 467-7588.

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Sharon M. Bueno is managing editor of Trenchless Technology.

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