The 2016 NASTT No-Dig Show concluded a busy Day 2 on Tuesday at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center in Dallas; highlights of the day included the announcement of the innovative product awards, as well as induction of the 2016 NASTT Hall of Fame class.

2016 NASTT Hall of Fame class

HDD pioneer Martin Cherrington, Insituform Technologies Ltd.’s Ken Foster and NASTT founding member and chairman Richard Thomasson comprised the 2016 NASTT Hall of Fame class.

At the No-Dig Gala Dinner, NASTT inducted its fifth Hall of Fame class. Joining the illustrious group are HDD pioneer Martin Cherrington, engineer and NASTT founding member and chairman Richard Thomasson and Insituform Technologies Ltd.’s  Ken Foster.

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The NASTT Board of Directors created the Hall of Fame in 2010, to ensure that the society’s most outstanding and praiseworthy members received due recognition. The intent of the NASTT Hall of Fame is to preserve the outstanding accomplishments of exceptional individuals and to honor their contributions to the advancement of both the trenchless industry and the society.

Also receiving recognition at the Gala Dinner were recipients of the Trent Ralston Award for Young Trenchless Achievement (Mary Neher, Bennett Trenchless Engineers and Rory Ball, Hatch Mott McDonald) and NASTT Chair Award for Lifetime Service award honoree Derek Potvin of Robinson Consultants.

One of the reasons NASTT’s No-Dig Show is a must attend event for the trenchless industry is that it allows companies to unveil the latest technologies that will help advance the industry as a whole. NASTT’s Joseph L. Abbott, Jr. Innovative Product Awards recognize two companies with state-of-the-art products in either new installation or rehabilitation for their achievements in advancing the trenchless industry.

Earlier in the day, the Innovative Product Awards were handed out for the top technology in the industry. HammerHead Trenchless Equipment received the Innovative Product Award for Rehab for its Gas Pipe Slitting System and Akkerman Inc.’s AZ100 Total Guidance System received the Innovative Product Award for New Installation. Both companies were recognized at the Gala Dinner.

There’s lots on tap for the final day of the 2016 No-Dig Show, which marks Gas Industry Day, which features a full day of education and networking for the gas industry through technical paper sessions and the Gas Good Practice Course. Exhibit Hall hours run 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m., with the Closing Luncheon to follow. At the luncheon, 2017 No-Dig Program chair Jennifer Glynn will give attendees a glimpse of what is in store for next year’s show in Washington, D.C.