Since 1993, Trenchless Technology has recognized the best and most challenging projects in the trenchless industry — for rehabilitation and new installation.


As more trenchless innovations have been introduced, the complexity and the scope of projects has increased dramatically. This has made it increasingly difficult for the Selection Committees — we have a separate committee judging the rehabilitation and new installation nominations — to select the winners of these prestigious awards.


Our winners for 2020 brought about a unique occurrence in that projects from the same contractor — Michels Corp. — have been selected as both the rehabilitation and new installation winners.


Find out more about these projects in this video interview (posted below) between Rob Krzys, president of Benjamin Media Inc. and Jeffrey Mueller, VP of Directional Crossings at Michels and Lee Zubord, general manager, Pipe Services at Michels.


On the rehabilitation side is the Guam Northern Interceptor Sewer Rehabilitation Project. The Island of Guam provided a tropical and scenic backdrop to an impressive and challenging ultraviolet cured-in-place pipe (UV CIPP) project. In all, 44,000 lf of sewer were rehabilitated — ahead of schedule — as crews managed logistical and planning challenges, as well as working in conditions that included the early stages of a global pandemic.


RELATED: 2020 Project of the Year Rehabilitation – Guam Northern Interceptor Sewer Rehabilitation


For new installation is the Bakken Missouri River Crossing. This incredible HDD crossing utilized the intersect method to cross Lake Sakakawea on the Missouri River to connect two ends of a 2.5-mile alignment — a 13,247-ft total crossing — using a 20-in. diameter pipe string and two custom-made drill rigs each with more than 1 million lbs. of push/pull capacity.


RELATED: 2020 Project of the Year New Installation – Bakken Missouri River Crossing


There are many great trenchless projects that have been completed across North America in the last year. Were you involved with a notable trenchless project? Trenchless Technology is now accepting nominations for its 2021 Projects of the Year competition.


To be considered, follow this link to the nomination form. Deadline for nominations is JUNE 18.


Projects of the Year are awarded based on the following criteria: Technical Advancements; Technical Complexity; Milestones and Records; Interaction and Cooperation; and Industry Advancement.


Projects should be completed between June 19, 2020 and June 17, 2021. Only North American projects are recognized. Submission deadline is June 18, 2021.



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