Scotiabank Convention Centre

2020 Trenchless Technology Road Show Preview

Trenchless professionals across Canada should mark May 20-21 on their calendars because the Trenchless Technology Road Show is marking its return to the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.

The biennial event – a partnership between the Centre for Advancements of Trenchless Technologies (CATT) and Benjamin Media Inc.— is shaping up to be one of the must-attend trenchless events of 2020. As of deadline, more than 45 exhibitors have booked their spots and organizers expect the exhibit spots to sell out.

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Attendees can select from 11 technical sessions to attend, covering a variety of topics from condition assessment to rehabilitation and new installation.

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“Mariana Balaban [senior project manager] from the City of Toronto is our conference chair. It’s great to have her onboard and the support from Toronto,” says Mark Knight, CATT executive director. “The entire Road Show program is extremely exciting and a great way to see key advancements and new technologies to North America being shown for the first time at the Road Show. I know that there will be a new manhole rehab technology from Europe being presented at the Road Show, and it’s the first time in North America just like Tomahawk pipe cleaning system at our last show.”

Trenchless Road Show

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Knight adds, “We will make an announcement at the Road Show about a new CATT-led trenchless education initiative that is aimed at growing the North America trenchless industry.”

CATT will also announce the first Dick Krzys Award, with more to come on this later.

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Also new in 2020, and done in conjunction with the Canadian Chapters of ASCE’s Utility Engineering Surveying Institute (UESI), are two technical session tracks focused on UESI and subsurface utility engineering (SUE).

“CATT has partnered with UESI’s Canadian Chapters to promote SUE in Canada and UESI as a whole. This builds on that idea,” says Knight. “It brings a different audience to the Road Show that might not necessarily come. So, these UESI tracks are crossing audiences, breaking down barriers, expands the show and shows how two organizations can work together to grow the industry.”

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In September 2019, CATT and UESI hosted its first joint event and CATT recently completed a research survey on utility engineering practices in Canada. “It’s a great combination to help grown the trenchless industry in Canada,” says Knight. “We also have additional events planned for 2020 across Canada.”

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Other technical sessions focus on:

  • New Pipeline Construction

  • Pipeline Condition Assessment

  • CIPP & Sliplining – Lessons Learned

  • Pipeline Condition Assessment & Lining Solutions

  • Spray Lining of Sewers & Maintenance Hole Inspection and

  • Repairs

  • Pipe Construction Using Microtunnelling

  • Pressure Pipes Inspection and Condition Assessment

  • Storm Sewer and Culverts

  • Styrene

The latter topic – styrene – is a hot issue in trenchless rehabilitation circles and that session closes out Day Two of the conference with a panel discussion. This session will have John Matthews from the Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech (TTC) presenting on the recently completed CIPP emission study. Dennis Piven, with Aegion Corp., will present on NASSCO’s new CIPP Health and Safety Industry guidelines.

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Trenchless Road Show

“We will be releasing the results of a study that we worked on with Insituform on styrene in sewer laterals and will discuss a new Waterloo-invented technology that can be used on all CIPP projects to assess, workers, home owners and business health risks,” Knight says. “There are health and safety concerns about CIPP lining in mains but also in culverts where we are doing research. Anyone who is doing CIPP lining and lining-related work in the wastewater or stormwater culverts will want to make sure they come and attend this session to get the facts on CIPP lining health risks.”

While the Road Show takes place May 20-21, those looking to squeeze more trenchless educations and information into the week can choose to attend pre-event workshops May 19 at Marriott of the Falls – the host hotel for the 2020 Trenchless Technology Road Show. CATT has two full-day and two half-day workshops planned for May. 19. The full-day workshops are Introduction to Trenchless Technology and Microtunnelling Construction Means, Methods and Design. The two half-day courses are Rehabilitation of Pipes and Manholes with Spray-in-Place Products and Subsurface Utility Engineering.

Stein to Deliver Keynote

Giving the keynote address, following lunch on May 21, is Dr.-Ing. Robert Stein who is the Managing Associate of Stein & Partner GmbH and Managing Director of S & P Consult GmbH and the manager and developer of the Underground Infrastructure Training and Competence Center (UNITRACC).

“Dr. Stein has been actively involved in [the trenchless industry] Europe and will update us on what is going on there compared to North America. It is important to have that other perspective and we are honoured to have him,” says Knight.

Stein’s business activities include project management, realization of major projects, coordination of interdisciplinary project teams, and consultation for cities to optimize their investment planning and their rehabilitation concepts for water and wastewater networks, based on the aging model developed by S & P.

Currently his main focus is the application of deterioration and aging models for the development of demand-orientated maintenance and rehabilitation strategies being utilized in more than 20,000 km of pipeline.

He is also the author of the reference book “Wertermittlung von Abwassernetzen (Asset Valuation of Sewer Networks)”, Trenchless Technology for Installation of Cables and Pipelines – 2nd Volume: Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), of the chapter on pipe jacking works (ATV DIN 18319) and co-author of the 4th edition of the international bestseller “Instandhaltung von Kanalisationen” (Rehabilitation of Drain and Sewer Systems) as well as of various technical articles.

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Registration, Accommodations

Marriott on the Falls will serve as the host hotel for the 2020 Trenchless Technology Road Show and a block of rooms has been set aside just request the University of Waterloo/CATT – Trenchless Technology Road Show room block when booking or reserve online at The booking cutoff date is April 17.

Regular price registration is open through May 15, and is $690 for CATT and UESI member and $790 for non-members for both days or $590 and $690 for one day. Onsite price after May 15 increases to $900 and $1,090 for both days and $790 and $900 for one day. Pre-event workshops are $400 and $550 for the full-day and $300 and $400 for half-day through May 15. Visit to become a member and take advantage of the CATT member pricing. All registrations include exhibit hall access, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks.

For more information on the 2020 Trenchless Technology Road Show, visit For information on exhibiting, contact Brittany Cline at or call 330-467-7588.

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2020 Trenchless Technology Road Show Exhibitor Showcase


Akkerman develops, manufactures and supports powerful and versatile guided boring, microtunnelling, pipe jacking, sliplining, tunnelling and earth pressure balance underground construction solutions that accurately install a variety of pipe in an extensive range of ground conditions and project challenges. Since 1973, our industry-leading equipment has enabled contractors worldwide to productively and cost-effectively install water, wastewater, and other infrastructure. We back our equipment systems with a powerhouse of skilled sales, engineering and technical professionals dedicated to superior reliability and responsive service. Akkerman factory certified field technicians represent an extensive portfolio of hands-on equipment experience to train your crew on the project site. Aftermarket parts sales are efficiently dispatched to minimize project delays and ensure that your equipment is prepared for optimal performance on its next challenge. Akkerman equipment systems are available to purchase, lease-to-purchase, or rent from our rental fleet. Contact us at 800-533-0386 or visit for more information.


Sludges and slurries pose a unique challenge to a variety of industries that can be time consuming and have high costs attached. By using on-site solidification with site-specific waste processing equipment and electronic tracking tools, Allstream Waste Solutions Inc. can streamline the sludge and slurry management process. From its inception, Allstream has been focused on bring innovative solidification/separation technologies and applying to specific client needs. We have provided comprehensive waste managements solutions to clients in the horizontal directional drilling industries. For more information, visit


Aries Industries’ self-propelled, electric Wolverine 2.0 Cutter offers unparalleled capabilities for pipe rehabilitation, lateral reinstatement and sectional repair. Operating in 6 to 18-in. pipes, Wolverine 2.0 delivers maximum cutting power and accuracy. Wolverine 2.0 features advanced ergonomic fingertip control and its compact profile, all-wheel drive and adjustable speed and axis movement offer unmatched maneuverability in tough terrain. Multiple wheel configurations match pipe conditions and a stabilizing lift ensures balanced operation. Every element is built to maximize uptime. The camera uses field-replaceable glass and the two-speed motor is field repairable. The camera comes equipped with a lens scraper to keep the camera clear without retrieving it from the pipe. The Wolverine 2.0 is operated with a dual joystick controller equipped with CANbus technology, touch screen display and integrated DVR. For more information, visit or call 877-730-7010.


AVERTEX Utility Solutions Inc. is a privately held Canadian company owned by various members of the management team. Founded in 2003, AVERTEX is a diversified underground utility contractor. We pride ourselves on working with our clients and stakeholders to achieve the project goals. With our collaborative efforts and experience, we have been able to complete projects all across Canada ranging from tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars. The backbone of our company is the installation of private and public utility networks. Our roots lie in the hydro utility and telecommunications sectors, however over the years we have grown to cover a wider range of utilities including water, sewer, railroad utilities, site servicing and renewable energy. Within these sectors we specialize in projects involving trenchless construction including horizontal directional drilling, plowing, guided boring and pipe bursting.


Since 1984, Channeline International has been the premium supplier of fully structural non-circular sewer lining systems. Using glass reinforced plastic (GRP) technology, Channeline have now perfected systems to rehabilitate man-entry sewer, custom built bends and curves, box culverts, transitions, manholes and subsurface structures. For more information, call Andy Sherwin at 514-242-4495.


Since 1960, Di-Corp has proudly developed a reputation for meeting and exceeding customer expectations. Our relationships with drilling contractors, developers and municipalities are focused on down-to-earth customer service, extensive technical knowledge and expertise among our staff, and exceptional supply chain management. Di-Corp offers a full range of drilling fluids and additives including polymers, bentonites, lubricants and general chemicals to enhance and improve your horizontal directional drilling or tunnelling operations. Through sourcing and distribution of commoditized bulk drilling fluid additives, and through continuous testing, research and development of new, innovative and cost-effective drilling fluids products under our own Earth Pro brand, Di-Corp is advancing the science and sustainability of trenchless technologies. Learn more about Di-Corp at or contact our Eastern Canada Mining and Drilling team at 705-721-3300.


LiquiForce is a leader in no-dig pipeline rehabilitation for the clean water, waste water and other pipeline systems. Our state-of-the-art pipeline rehabilitation process significantly reduces pipeline repair time with minimal disruption and decreases repair costs. Our green, no-dig technology helps reduce carbon and water footprints from the repair process. From the point of distribution to user, and back to collection and treatment facilities we are a one-stop no-dig, pipeline service provider offering complete pipeline system inspection, assessment, rehabilitation and maintenance. Granite acquired LiquiForce in 2018, and maintains Canadian operations, as well as U.S. operations.


Michels Canada is an established energy and infrastructure contractor. We construct pipelines and underground river crossings for the critical growing energy sector. Our capabilities span from relining deteriorating sewer and watermains and utility maintenance holes in expanding metropolitan areas, to building tunnels for wastewater treatment plants under the most densely populated regions of Canada. Our services include HDD, Direct Pipe, tunnelling, cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), and spray-in-place pipe (SIPP) lining systems, utility maintenance hole rehabilitation and pipeline construction. Michels is well equipped to mobilize equipment and personnel to projects in highly urban and very remote locations across Canada. Michels delivery methods include bid-build, design-bid-build, and public-private partnerships (P3). We are a preferred partner on large-scale joint ventures in multiple segments of our business. Michels Canada is headquartered in Nisku, Alberta, and has satellite offices in Vancouver and Toronto. We continue to diversify our services offerings as a reflection of our commitment to serving customers and continuing growth in Canada.


Wallace Construction Specialties – your one-stop shop for trenchless technology supplies – has worked in the trenchless industry for more than 20 years. We are the exclusive Canadian distributor for Avanti Chemical Grouts. Avanti’s AV100 is used from coast-to-coast to stop inflow and infiltration in mainline sewers, laterals, connections and manholes. We also represent Trelleborg Pipeseals in Canada. Trelleborg is a world class manufacturer of sealing solutions for the trenchless industry. Trelleborg’s Mainline-to-House System (MTH) and Lateral Connection Repair (LCR) System have become accepted across Canada for lateral connection repairs without ever having to enter the home. All work is completed from the mainline. Trelleborg has what you need including Patch Repair Kits, award-winning Silicate Resin, Pipe Plugs, Packers and traditional lining systems. RootX has been eliminating tree roots in sewer lines for over 20 years in Canada. See us for your Spincasting needs too. Visit us at the Trenchless Technology Road Show in Ontario, booth #316.

Mike Kezdi is managing editor of Trenchless Technology Canada.

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