On April 17-19, in Kielce – Cedzyna, the V Jubilee International Conference and Trenchless Technology exhibition called NO-DIG POLAND 2012 was held.

About 200 participants both from Poland and abroad (including United States, Great Britain, Hungary and Germany) attended the conference. The conference was also attended by representatives of the world of science (representatives from seven universities), as well as public utilities and other companies being familiar with trenchless technologies.

A particular attention was paid to the papers presented by foreign guests, including Joanna Jacobs, whose paper describes trenchless technologies presently used by Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Dr. Samuel T. Ariaratnam, whose paper discussed the global perspectives for trenchless technologies in the background of economical development and professor Keh – Jian Shou from Chung – Hsing University in Taiwan, whose paper was dedicated to Taiwan trenchless building projects where sections of a pipeline were installed at a very small radius.

During the conference, which consisted of six sessions, there were presented 36 papers  dedicated to the issues connected with trenchless technology development both in Poland and abroad, the chosen problems with installation of underground utilities, exploitation of renovated pipelines, as well as the aspects of optimal trenchless technologies with the risk taken into account.

The key moment of the conference was the Gala Dinner, during which the statuettes, as well as the honorary mentions for EXPERT 2012 were granted to the laureates. Additionally, the conference sponsors received plaques and special certificates of appreciation went to the individuals and companies in recognitions of their contributing participation in the conferences and/or presenting the outstanding papers. Finally, two honorary mentions and two statuettes of EXPERT 2012 were granted in the two nomination categories.

The honorary mention in the “Trenchless Rehabilitation” category went to INFRA S.A.  The above honorary mention was granted for application of the innovative technology for sewer system rehabilitation using CIPP liner cured by UV in Nowy Sącz. The next honorary mention in the category “Innovative Solution in the Products Used for Trenchless Building, Rehabilitation or Diagnosis of Underground Utilities” went to Górażdże Cement S.A. /Heidelberg Cement Baustoffe für Geotechnik GmbH & Co. KG for their innovative product: Drill-mix® — a self-curing drilling fluid for HDD and microtunneling proejcts.    

The EXPERT 2012 Statuette in the “Trenchless Rehabilitation” category went to Preuss Pipe Rehabilitation Polska Sp. z o.o. The award was granted for rehabilitation of waterline section consisting of six bends in Krakow together with the railway bridge crossing over the Vistula River (in the project the Process Phoenix – Double Jacked method was applied). The  EXPERT 2012 Statuette in category “Innovative Solution in the Devices, Products or Technologies Used for Trenchless Building, Rehabilitation or Diagnosis of Underground Utilities” was awarded to Terma Technologie Sp. z o.o. for its innovative device — the pneumatic jacking machine Max K95S. 

Taking the opportunity the organizers of the conference would like to invite you to participate in the next VI International Conference “Trenchless Technologies” NO-DIG POLAND 2014, which will be held April 8-10, 2014, as well as to take part in the competition EXPERT 2014.