California Awaits: Don’t Miss NASTT’s 2018 No-Dig Show

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Each year the No. 1 trenchless industry event in North America is NASTT’s No-Dig Show and this year the show heads west to the palm tree-lined streets of sunny Palm Springs, California. Located on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs boasts that it has 350 days of sunshine and an average winter temperature in the 70s.

From March 25-29, the global community of trenchless professionals will gather in “Hollywood’s playground” for NASTT’s 2018 No-Dig Show at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

In 2017, NASTT’s No-Dig Show attracted a record number of exhibitors and nearly 2,300 attendees for five days of trenchless networking, technical papers and innovative products making NASTT’s No-Dig Show, the must-attend event for trenchless professionals. This year, the attendee count is expected to continue the upward trend and more than 160 exhibitors are already confirmed.

Smart phones and social media apps are becoming the norm at conferences and NASTT’s No-Dig show is no different. For 2018, NASTT’s No-Dig Show smart phone app has been updated to give attendees unprecedented access to the No-Dig community. Everything you need to make the most of your time at the show can be found on the interactive app, which also allows you to share photos and “like” and comment on other app users’ posts throughout the conference. Visit to download the app

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To stay connected, download the new mobile app. To download, visit the preferred app store for your device, download “CrowdCompass Attendee Hub” and search “NASTT’s No-Dig Show” to join the fun.

Technical Program

A new part of the technical program for 2018 is the No-Dig Show Forums — a 50-minute long interactive educational opportunity where audience participation is encouraged. The forums take place during the technical sessions and focus on: Water Main CIPP, March 26, moderated by Jennifer Glynn, Woodard & Curran; Owner Differing Site Conditions Claims, March 27, moderated by Don Del Nero, Stantec; and Close Fit Sliplining Technology, March 28, moderated by Cindy Preuss, HydroScience Engineers.

NASTT’s 2018 No-Dig Show Technical Paper Program has scheduled more than 167 peer-reviewed technical papers to be presented, focusing on a wide range of trenchless topics, including horizontal directional drilling (HDD), CIPP, microtunneling, inspection, asset management, pipe jacking and ramming, water and sewer rehabilitation, inspection and project planning. Papers are presented in a six-track schedule and grouped mostly by subject matter so attendees can choose to attend six presentations at any given time.

Other Events

The conference gets under way with its annual Kick-Off Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m., March 26. During the breakfast, Trenchless Technology publisher Bernard P. Krzys, will formally recognize Trenchless Technology’s 2018 Person of the Year. Look for a complete profile about our award-winner in the March issue.

RELATED: 2018 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year: Bill Shook

Following the Person of the Year presentation, Trenchless Technology editor Jim Rush and managing editor Sharon M. Bueno, along will formally recognize the recipients of the annual Trenchless Technology Projects of the Year for Rehabilitation — the West Palm Beach Force Main Rehabilitation Project — and New Installation — the Rebecca Trunk Wastewater Main Project in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

RELATED: 2017 Trenchless Technology Projects of the Year Revealed!

Also, at the breakfast, NASTT will introduce its incoming board members for 2018 and preview the show for attendees. Breakfast closes with NASTT’s 2017 Outstanding Papers in Rehabilitation and New Installation Awards.

Later that night, NASTT’s 17th annual Educational Fund Auction & Reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This fundraising event benefits NASTT’s educational initiatives. The auction and reception is known for its themed fun and this year NASTT is asking attendees to “Get Retro.” It’s a fitting theme since Palm Springs was where the Rat Pack used to play and stay. As always, attendees are encouraged to dress accordingly – in a 1950s themed. As always, the event will feature a costume contest, the tropical vacation raffle and 50/50 raffles. Auction reception sponsors for 2018 are Bennett Trenchless, Ditch Witch and Interplastic Corp. Since starting the auction 2002, NASTT has raised more than $1 million to provide targeted trenchless training courses to the industry, publish trenchless resources manuals and sponsor university students’ attendance at NASTT’s No-Dig Shows, as well as award scholarships.

On March 27, NASTT will host its annual Gala Awards Dinner featuring the induction of NASTT’s 2018 Hall of Fame Class: Chris Brahler, president and CEO of TT Technologies; Ian J. Doherty, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., president of Trenchless Design Engineering Ltd.; and George Ragula, distribution technology manager at PSEG. The event will also feature the presentation of NASTT’s Abbott Innovative Product Awards and NASTT’s Chair Award for Outstanding Lifetime Service and the Ralston Award for Young Trenchless Achievement.

The No-Dig Show Closing Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. March 28 will be the final event for NASTT’s 2017 No-Dig Show. The luncheon provides a recap of NASTT’s initiatives going forward as NASTT’s next program chair, Cindy Preuss, HydroScience Engineers, will preview the NASTT’s 2019 No-Dig Show in Chicago.

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Mike Kezdi

Mike Kezdi is an associate editor with Benjamin Media Inc. where he covers everything from compact equipment happenings, to the latest in trenchless technologies and oil and gas pipeline projects. Mike joined BMI in 2013 after seven years in the newspaper world at the top weekly newspaper chain in Northeast Ohio. Contact Mike at

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