The Trenchless Road Show (TRS) program kicked off its 2008 schedule with a hugely successful stop in Cleveland, attracting more than 260 attendees to the Holiday Inn in Strongsville, Ohio, July 22-23.
2008 marks the 16th year that Benjamin Media has delivered leading-edge trenchless information. Brought to you by Trenchless Technology magazine, the TRS program is building its base by incorporating a more local flair in its presentations for 2008.

At the Cleveland TRS, show organizers worked with the City of Cleveland, the City of Akron and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to present an opening general session covering the region’s unique challenges and solutions regarding water and sewer infrastructure. Local sessions included the City of Cleveland trenchless sewer rehabilitation approach and the City of Akron’s implementation of a GIS-based computerized maintenance management system for managing its water and sewer infrastructure assets.
Highlighting the strong list of presentations offered during the two-day event was Julius Ciaccia, executive director for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Also giving presentations during the opening session were: Rick Switalski, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District; Darren Rozenek, City of Akron; Rachid Zoghaib, City of Cleveland Water Pollution Control; and Jerry Dolson, City of Stow. These presentations, as well as interviews and demonstrations from the Road Show are available for viewing at TT TV, which is found at www.trenchlesstechnology.com.

The strong educational sessions, the hallmark of the Trenchless Road Shows, featured seven tracks over two days and cover ed the leading topics and latest technologies to assist in the installation and rehabilitation of buried pipelines. The sessions covered the Cleveland Experience, Rehabilitation, New Installation, Planning/Managing a Trenchless Project, Manholes, Inspection and Data Management and Laterals/Pressure Pipe.

 The Planning/Managing a Trenchless Project featured a presentation by the Ohio Utilities Protection Council, which has recently worked closely with Ohio legislators in crafting a bill that would require directional drilling contractors to follow the procedures outlined in the HDD Good Practices Guidelines.

“The support the Cleveland TRS received was tremendous and we are looking forward to bringing a similar TRS to San Francisco Sept. 17-18 and Baltimore on Nov. 11-12,” said Rob Krzys, associate publisher of Trenchless Technology.

The live demonstrations were a popular offering, allowing attendees to see the products up close and ask questions. At the Cleveland show, demos featured manhole rehabililation, vacuum excavation, pumps, auger boring, lateral rehabilitation and pipe bursting.

The exhibit hall was bustling with activity as attendees met with 45 leading trenchless companies from across North America, allowing them the opportunity to gain valuable insight from these experts in a face-to-face setting.

To view an online photo gallery from the Cleveland Road Show, or for more information on upcoming shows in San Francisco and Baltimore, please visit www.trenchlessroadshow.com. You can also call Benjamin Media at (330) 467-7588.

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