The trenchless community converged in Dallas for NASTT’s 2016 No-Dig Show March 20-24, attracting a record number of exhibitors and more than 2,000 attendees. The premier trenchless event on the calendar, the No-Dig Show once again provided the perfect blend of business, education and networking during the run of the conference.

The 2016 event marked return to Big D and the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center for No-Dig. The show made a stop in this Lonestar State hub and the Gaylord Texan, which overlooks Lake Grapevine, in 2008.

Attendance for this return trip topped the 2,000 mark and set a record for the number exhibiting companies at 185.

The No-Dig Show brings together the industry’s past, present and future, honoring the indelible work that trenchless professionals have created. The 2016 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year was formally presented to Lynn Osborn — an industry professional who has helped to shape and expand the trenchless industry over the last 30 years — and all of the winners of the 2015 Trenchless Technology Projects of the Year were recognized. NASTT inducted its fifth Hall of Fame Class: HDD pioneer Martin Cherrington, engineer and NASTT founding member and chairman Richard Thomasson and Insituform Technologies Ltd.’s Ken Foster. Past NASTT Chairman Derek Potvin, Robinson Consulting, received the NASTT Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Lifetime Service; and Mary Neher, Bennett Trenchless Engineers, and Rory Ball, Hatch Mott McDonald, received the Trent Ralston Award for Young Trenchless Achievement.

The No-Dig Show has two main attractions that are huge draws. One is its highly-acclaimed Technical Program, with more than 160 peer-reviewed papers through six tracks presented in 2016. The papers represented a broad range of industry topics, covering the gamut of trenchless methods and issues. The sessions this year included six Roundtables that featured different trenchless topics (Manhole Rehab, Microtunneling, HDD, Water Main Rehab, Stormwater/Condition Assessment and Alternative Project Delivery),  as well a dedicated Gas Industry Track. The other is the exhibit hall, in which attendees can see first-hand the latest products that are keeping the trenchless industry moving forward in its quest to address the utility construction and repair industry.

In 2017, the NASTT No-Dig Show will be held at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, D.C., April 9-13. Deadline to submit an abstract for the technical program is June 30, 2016.

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Sharon M. Bueno is managing editor of Trenchless Technology.