HDD Rodeo

Publisher’s Message – Celebrating 30 Years of Trenchless Coverage

We hope you enjoy this 30th-anniversary issue of Trenchless Technology, first launched in July 1992 by Bernie Krzys. Every month since, our editors work hard to bring you the latest news, innovations, projects and more to help you stay connected to the industry.

As I think of Trenchless Technology’s 30th anniversary, I reflect back on the people, companies and events that stand out in my mind and wanted to take this opportunity to share my favorites.

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HDD Rodeo: An Event to Remember

HDD Rodeo

One of the most memorable events over the past 30 years in my mind was the first HDD Rodeo in 1998. The Rodeo brought together HDD contractors from around the world, who wanted first place bragging rights and to win the hefty first place prize package. There wasn’t anything like it in the industry and it was embraced by the industry! While the event was organized by Trenchless Technology, it was truly a collaboration of incredibly passionate HDD industry professionals and companies who volunteered their time and energy to make this unique and memorable event a huge success.

Top 50 Engineering Firms Issue: A Personal Favorite

My father recently retired from HDR after a 50-year career as a geotechnical engineer. Growing up with a Dad, who was enthusiastically passionate about his line of work, gave me a real appreciation for the engineering field. For that reason, I always look forward to our recognition of the Top 50 Trenchless Engineering Firms each December.

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The Industry’s Greatest Asset

I read a quote one time that a company’s people are its greatest asset. I think the same is true for our industry. You don’t have to look any further than the Trenchless Technology Person of the Year issues to find passionate, knowledgeable, innovative, energetic trenchless professionals who have/are driving the industry.

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Trenchless Technology Person of the year
2019 Trenchless Technology Person of the year Mike Burkhard (center) received his award from Trenchless Technology publisher Bernie Krzys and Kelly Dadich.

Looking through the list of highly regarded individuals, a few stood out in my mind including Tom Iseley (1993 winner), widely regarded as the leading spokesman for trenchless technology in North America and among the top experts in the world; Frank Canon (1999 winner), described as having a greater influence on the directional drilling than any other individual; Dr. Sam Ariaratnam (2012 recipient), made his mark through his passionate service in trenchless academia, research and leadership through professional associations.

RELATED: Nominations Open for the 2023 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year Award

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Beyond the Trenchless Technology Person of the Year issues, you’ll find passionate professionals who work to educate and grow the industry in a number of different ways. Open the doors of a NASTT Board of Directors meeting and you’ll find volunteers who dedicate time and energy to manage the organization and our industry’s biggest event, the No-Dig Show. Look inside the pages of Trenchless Technology magazine and you’ll hear from contractors, engineers, and owners sharing their knowledge and experience to educate and further the growth of the trenchless industry. And the list continues!

Read on and enjoy this commemorative issue of Trenchless Technology, including a special section starting on page 18 dedicated to trenchless innovations and game-changers that have made the industry what it is today.

A special thank you to all the editorial contributors and advertisers for helping us make Trenchless Technology the leading underground construction publication for 30 years!

As always, the Trenchless Technology staff is here to serve you, our readers. Please feel free to reach out to me at kvannatten@benjaminmedia.com or 234-380-3030 if you have any topic suggestions or comments.

Until next month!

Kelly VanNatten

Publisher, Trenchless Technology