Trenchless Technology magazine, the leading publication covering the trenchless marketplace, has announced the winners of its 27th annual Projects of the Year for 2019. 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 overall winning projects for New Installation and Rehabilitation feature the trenchless applications of horizontal directional drilling and sliplining. “What a fantastic group of winners we have for the 2019 Trenchless Technology Projects of the Year — and a first for us as all four Rehab projects honored showcased sliplining,” says Trenchless Technology editor James Rush. “We wish to thank everyone who submitted their projects for consideration for this year’s competition, as well as the selection committee which always has the difficult task of choosing between all the incredible projects that are nominated.”


The Project of the Year for New Installation is Hard Rock Directional Drilling’s 8,400-ft bore in Midland, Texas. The project is part of a 4.5-mile long pipeline for Fasken Oil & Ranch’s oil and gas operations in West Texas’ Permian Basin. The new 30-in. ID pipeline actually houses three smaller pipelines carrying oil, gas and wastewater from wells to a Fasken facility. Using a Vermeer D1000x900 and a D500x500 Navigator horizontal directional drill (HDD) outfitted with an 8-in. mud motor and a pair of Vermeer R9x12T reclaimers, Hard Rock Directional Drilling installed a total of 8,414 ft of 30-in. diameter steel pipe in rock along a busy highway.


Other projects recognized in the New Installation category are: South Surrey Interceptor Johnston Road Section – Phase 2 Trenchless Segment, (Runner-up); Ellwood Water Treatment Plant (Honorable Mention); and PAWC Lake Scranton Finished Water Tunnel (Honorable Mention).


The Project of the Year for Rehabilitation is the Joint Outfall “B” Unit 1A Phase 1 Project in Carson, California. After serving the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (SDLAC) faithfully for more than 60 years, the 144-in. Joint Outfall “B” Unit 1A sewer had seen better days. Sliplining was the trenchless option best suited for this project, which was to become the largest sewer rehab project in the Western United States. Joint Outfall “B” Unit 1A Phase 1, posed significant challenges with significant flows and existence of multiple curves in the alignment. There were several curves that had to be relined and required special cut pipes and elbows. The project’s contractor was Spiniello Infrastructure West and HOBAS USA pipe was used in the sliplining process.


Other projects recognized in the Rehabilitation category are: Colsman Tunnel Rehabilitation Project, (Runner-up); Spy Island to Olitok Repair Project (Honorable Mention); and Haslam Lake Water Transmission Main Replacement Project (Honorable Mention).


Winners are featured in the October 2019 issue of Trenchless Technology and formally recognized at the 2020 NASTT No-Dig Show, to be held in Denver, April 5-9. 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.


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