The second day of the 2016 NASTT No-Dig Show in Dallas is under way this morning with the morning technical sessions in full swing. Day 1 of the show on Monday provided a jam-packed exhibit hall and standing room only in many of the technical presentations.
The show, at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center, welcomed the more than 182 trenchless exhibiting companies, as well as attendees and technical presentation speakers.
For Benjamin Media, we were able to officially announce plans for the first ever World Trenchless Day, which will take place Sept. 22. BMI publisher Bernie Krzys officially kicked off this exciting event at the Kickoff Breakfast.
We know that some of our readers were unable to make the trip to Big D for the event, which runs through March 23, so we compiled a social media snap shot of the first few days (Found at the bottom of the page) to fill you in on the show’s happenings.
Though there were pre-conference educational sessions on Sunday, March 20, the first official event was the annual Kickoff Breakfast, which gives the Trenchless Technology team the opportunity to formally recognize and present our Projects of the Year Awards for New Installation and Rehabilitation, as well as our Person of the Year Award.
The 2016 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year recipient is Lynn Osborn, P.E. — an industry professional who has helped to shape and expand the trenchless industry over the last 30 years.
Tom Haynes, from Murphy Pipeline Contractors, accepted the 2015 Trenchless Technology Project of the Year award for rehabilitation from Trenchless Technology editor Jim Rush and managing editor Sharon Bueno. The winning project was the Arlington National Cemetery Water Main Replacement Program.
We presented the Project of the Year for New Installation to Tim Michels and Greg Goral of Michels Corp. for its work on the Houston Ship Channel, which completed a record-setting HDD reaming and pullback installation for an 18-in. steel gas pipeline reaching what once was thought to be an unachievable distance of 12,459 ft under the expansive Houston Ship Channel.
The technical sessions feature 160 peer-reviewed technical papers and new this year, the sessions include five special roundtables covering a variety of trenchless topics. First up Monday were roundtables for microtunneling and horizontal directional drilling. They continue today with water main rehabilitation, manhole rehabilitation and stormwater/condition assessment/rehabilitation. The roundtables conclude on Wednesday with the session called alternative project delivery.
The day’s events concluded with NASTT’s 15th annual Educational Fund Auction & Reception. The fundraising soirée — benefiting NASTT’s educational initiatives — is a themed event. For 2016, the theme was the “Rockin’ Auction.”
Stay abreast of NASTT’s 2016 No-Dig Show by following @TrenchlessTech, @UIM_Journal and @NoDigShow on Twitter. Or you can download the official (and free) No-Dig mobile app on either your iPhone or Android phone. And if you are sharing your 2016 No-Dig Show experiences in the social media world be sure to use the #NoDigDallas2016 hashtag.