Trenchless Technology magazine, the leading publication covering the trenchless marketplace, has announced the winners of its 26th annual Projects of the Year for 2018. Projects are awarded in New Installation and Rehabilitation categories.

The announcement was made during a special live Webinar event this afternoon, as part of World Trenchless Day.

This year’s winning projects feature the trenchless applications of microtunneling and pipe relining. “It is amazing each year to see how contractors, engineers, owners and vendors collaborate to advance the trenchless industry. This year, the winning projects continue the trend of setting the bar even higher. Congratulations to all of the winning projects! We wish to thank everyone who submitted projects for consideration, as well as the selection committee which has the difficult task of selecting a winner,” says Trenchless Technology editor James Rush.

The Project of the Year for New Installation is the Valley Crossing Project Gulf of Mexico Direct Pipe Shore Approach in Cameron County, Texas, which consisted of 6,350 ft of 42-in. thrusted steel pipe. The project was completed using four drives. Laney Directional Drilling, Humble, Texas, completed the project — which is said to be a world-record in North America for the Direct Pipe method — in January. Laney crews used a Herrenknecht HK750PT thruster and clamp with a Herrenknecht AVN 1000 TBM. Project challenges included design and safety planning.

Other projects recognized in the New Installation category are: Oregon Avenue NW Sewer Rehabilitation Project, (Runner-up); Kingsbury Run Culvert Repair (Honorable Mention); and Rehoboth Beach Outfall Installation (Honorable Mention).

The Project of the Year for Rehabilitation is the World Record 36-in. CIPL Gas Main Rehabilitation Project in South Orange, New Jersey. This project set a world record for the largest diameter CIPL project ever done on a gas main. The project — owned by Public Service Electric & Gas — comprised 2,000 lf of deteriorating cast-iron, high-pressure pipe. The liner was installed in four segments, ranging from 260 to 650 lf. Daunting obstacles were overcome, including an 11th-hour tear on the final liner segment before this critical feeder main was back on line before winter.

Other projects recognized in the Rehabilitation category are: Northwest Arm Trunk Sewer (NATS) Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation, (Runner-up); North Area Interceptor Phase 9 (Honorable Mention); and Emergency 30-in. Force Main Replacement (Honorable Mention).

Winners will be featured in the October 2018 issue of Trenchless Technology and formally recognized at the 2019 NASTT No-Dig Show, to be held in Chicago, March 17-21. Winners are chosen on the basis of technical advancement, technical complexity, milestones and records achieved, interaction and cooperation and advancement of the trenchless industry. They are selected by a committee of experts representing a cross section of the industry.