The Trenchless Road Shows, in their 16th year of providing the most up-to-date information on evasive pipeline installation and rehabilitation techniques, is heading to the San Francisco Bay Area Sept. 17-18. The Trenchless Road Shows are brought to you by Trenchless Technology magazine, the leading authority on no-dig construction and repair.

The show venue will be the Concord Hilton in Concord, Calif., easily accessible to the San Francisco airport by the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART trains). Concord is conveniently located about 25 miles from Oakland, 30 miles from San Francisco and 65 miles from Sacramento.

Northern California is known for being progressive, and the approach is no different when it comes to its water and sewer infrastructure. The area has been the location of award winning and innovative projects including the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s Wood Street Interceptor repair project, which was recognized by the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT) and Sacramento County’s Northwest Interceptor construction.

“Northern California is a great venue for the Trenchless Road Show because it is home to some of the leading engineers and contractors involved in underground construction and because of the needs associated with aging infrastructure and a growing population,” said Rob Krzys, associate publisher of Trenchless Technology. “Trenchless construction and rehabilitation offers the added benefit of being environmentally friendly, which is becoming an increasingly important consideration among city planners.”

The Road Show kicks off the morning of Sept. 17 with the Local Leaders Forum, which highlights some of the innovative projects and programs in the area. Presentations are scheduled from Bill Chavez of the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, who will discuss the Upper Northwest Interceptor 9 and Associated Northeast Area tunnel projects, and Bill Clement of the Central Contra Costa Sanitation District, who will speak about the district’s program of integrating sewer TV inspection data with its Web-based GIS.
Following the opening general session are concurrent tracks titled “Rehabilitation,” covering pipe relining and pipe bursting, and “Inspection/Data Management,” covering pipeline inspection and assessment.

The second day features an “Advanced Trenchless Technology” track featuring David Bennett of Bennett Trenchless Engineers and Glenn Boyce of Jacobs Associates. Bennett, Trenchless Technology’s 2005 Person of the Year, will speak about hydrofracture risk for directional drilling projects, while Boyce will speak about design considerations for trenchless projects. Matt Wallin, also with Bennett Trenchless Engineers, will speak about settlement risk associated with trenchless new installation techniques.

Concurrent with the “Advanced Trenchless Technology” track, there will be a session on “Manholes/Laterals/Root Control” featuring presentations from companies including de neef, Cretex, Vaporooter and AP/M Permaform. The afternoon session covers “Trenchless New Installation” and features presentations on fusible PVC, pilot tube microtunneling (guided boring) and restrained joint pipe for HDD.
Other hallmarks of the Trenchless Road Shows are the outdoor demonstrations and exhibit hall. The exhibit hall features more than 40 companies from the United States and Canada displaying the latest innovations in the industry. The Road Show format allows personal interaction with all of the exhibitors so that you can get your questions answered in a meaningful way.

The recent Road Show in Cleveland attracted more than 250 people over the course of the two-day event, including public works personnel, consulting engineers and contractors.

The Road Show schedule concludes in November with a stop in Baltimore Nov. 11-12. For more information, visit, or contact Benjamin Media at 330-467-7588 or

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