From the Publisher: What’s New at No-Dig?

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Bernard P. Krzys

Krzys

Palm Springs, California, for the first time ever welcomes NASTT’s No-Dig Show. The Show takes place March 25-29, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Sun and more sun will greet the 2018 attendees.
The hallmark of every No-Dig show is the technical program, which will show case 167 peer-reviewed, non-commercial presentations.

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A few years back, The Program Committee began including interactive forums during the technical sessions, which gather experts in the industry to lead panel discussions. These forums are presented in an interactive style. This year, the forum topics are “Water Main CIPP,” “Owner Differing Site Conditions Claims” and “Close Fit Sliplining Technology.” Wednesday will feature Gas Day. This will be a full day of education networking opportunities and networking specifically for the gas industry.

The exhibit hall will be the largest ever with nearly 200 exhibitors. There will be at least 25 brand new exhibitors at the show and/or exhibitors that haven’t been at the show in the five years. That’s huge! The ever-expanding exhibit hall this year feature four companies that are bringing trucks to the show, as well as many other exhibitors with actual equipment displays.

As always, the Kickoff Breakfast on Monday morning is a highlight of the show. For the first time, a civil and human rights personality will be at center stage. This is Derreck Kayongo, a Ugandan refugee who has become a successful entrepreneur and renowned human rights activist. He will talk about his “Global Soap Project,” which recycles used hotel soap for impoverished populations around the world. Also during the breakfast, Trenchless Technology editor Jim Rush and managing editor Sharon M. Bueno, will be recognizing the 2017 Trenchless Technology Project of the Year Winners and I will be recognizing the 2018 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year, which will be revealed in our March issue.

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The 17th annual Educational Auction takes place Monday night. The purpose of this event — which has raised more than $1 million in total — is to raise money for NASTT’s educational initiatives. The auction includes a silent and live auction. Back by popular demand is Butch Graham of the construction industry’s auctioneers, Ritchie Brothers. This fun networking event is known for its annual hotly contested costume contest. This year’s them takes us back to the 1950s! Attendees are encouraged to dig out and dress as their favorite 1950s icon, such as Elvis or Marilyn Monroe, or fashion trend of that period.

To stay connected with the No-Dig Show, 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. You can always see the latest and greatest information regarding No-Dig at nodigshow.com.

See you in Palm Springs,

Bernard P. Krzys, Publisher

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