Trenchless Technology Road Show Headed to British Columbia Next Week

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Clearly, British Columbia is interested in trenchless technologies.

That was made evident in 2015 as the inaugural Trenchless Technology Road Show not only featured a sold-out exhibit hall but also boasted more than 250 attendees. The question then was not a matter of if, but when the organizers — the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT), Benjamin Media Inc. and the North American Society for Trenchless Technology’s British Columbia Chapter (NASTT-BC) – would bring the show Road Show west again.

Book your hotel, pack your bags and be sure to register because the 2017 Trenchless Technology Road Show will stop at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, British Columbia, Sept. 25-27 to provide a platform to educate municipal, engineering and contractor personnel on the benefits of trenchless methods.

The Trenchless Technology Road Show consists of two full days of technical presentations and exhibits bringing you the latest advancements in trenchless technology. For those wanting to pack more trenchless education into the trip – and based on attendee feedback at previous Road Shows – organizers have planned five trenchless workshops.

The three full-day (“Trenchless Technologies 101,” “Watermain Renovation Using Structural, Semi-Structural and Non-Structural Lining Systems” and “Horizontal Directional Drilling: Design to Construction”) and the two half-day workshops (“Trenchless Carbon Savings & Credits” and “Planning Trenchless with Subsurface Utility Engineering”) take place Sept. 25. The courses are led by the industry’s leading experts and of note is the SUE half-day course features Jim Anspach, co-creator of the ASCE 38-02.

The main event will feature 11 sessions, with a total of 58 technical presentations, covering among other things, asset management, pipelines condition assessment, subsurface utility engineering, trenchless technologies and the renewal of underground pipelines and utility ducts.

EXHIBIT HALL

Due to popularity of the show and further highlighting the growth potential of the trenchless market in British Columbia, the exhibit hall quickly sold out. In addition to exhibiting at the show there are outdoor demos available. Demos are scheduled to take place following lunch before the technical sessions resume.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Following lunch on Sept. 27, Dr. Mark Knight, executive director of CATT, will offer a State of Canada’s Trenchless Industry report followed by the keynote speech by Mike Sullivan, executive director of the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA).

In addition to his work with the CCGA, Sullivan is president of Alberta One-Call Corp. and an advocate for spreading the safe digging message across Canada. His damage prevention experience stems from a 25-year career with Canada’s federal transmission pipeline regulator, the National Energy Board, Alliance Pipeline Ltd., HMA Land Services Ltd., Alberta One-Call and the CCGA.

RELATED: For the Common Good: Spreading the Safe Digging Message Across Canada

As executive director of the CCGA, and a member of the Common Ground Alliance’s Board of Directors, Sullivan represents the collective damage prevention voice for Canada.

Sullivan grew up in Montréal, Québec where he was educated in English and French, and has travelled extensively across Canada; learning the intricacies of each province’s individual damage prevention evolution and journey. In 2014, the Common Ground Alliance in the United States presented Sullivan with the Jim Barron Award, which is given to an individual has shown true dedication to efforts enhancing underground damage prevention. To date, Sullivan is the only Canadian recipient of this award.

While Sullivan’s peers consider him a leader in his field, he prefers to humbly remain and remembered as “just a guy making the most of every opportunity.”

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