The Trenchless Road Shows (TRS) — renowned for its combination of classroom education, live demonstrations and exhibits — is heading to the City of Cleveland July 22-23 to begin its 16th year of delivering leading-edge trenchless information. Brought to you by Trenchless Technology magazine, the Trenchless Road Shows program is building on its base by incorporating more of a local flair in its presentations for 2008.

At the Cleveland TRS, show organizers are working with the City of Cleveland, the City of Akron and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to present an opening general session covering the region’s unique challenges and solutions regarding water and sewer infrastructure. In addition, local contractors and engineers are scheduled to present their experiences in the Cleveland-Akron area, which is home to nearly 3 million residents.

Local sessions include the City of Cleveland’s trenchless sewer rehabilitation approach and the City of Akron’s implementation of a GIS-based computerized maintenance management system for managing its water and sewer infrastructure assets.

The educational sessions — the hallmark of the Trenchless Road Shows — feature seven tracks over two days and cover the leading topics and latest technologies to assist in the installation and rehabilitation of buried pipelines. The sessions cover the Cleveland Experience, Rehabilitation, New Installation, Planning/Managing a Trenchless Project, Manholes, Inspection and Data Management and Laterals/Pressure Pipe.

The Planning/Managing a Trenchless Project will feature a presentation by the Ohio Utilities Protection Council, which has recently worked closely with Ohio legislators in crafting a bill that would require directional drilling contractors to follow the procedures outlined in the HDD Good Practices Guidelines.
“This is shaping up to be an exciting event,” said Rob Krzys, associate publisher of Trenchless Technology. “We ended Trenchless Road Shows 2007 with a strong and popular show in Miami, and we are looking forward to building off that success in 2008.

“The market for trenchless products and services continues to grow as cities across the continent are in the process of repairing aging infrastructure and building new pipelines to reach new customers. The trenchless arena continues to refine and expand its offerings, which make this a must-attend event.”

The live demonstrations are back by popular demand and feature some of the latest and most innovative methods of manhole rehabilitation, pipe bursting, lateral renewal and more. The exhibit hall houses 40 leading trenchless companies from across North America with the opportunity to gain valuable insight from these experts in a face-to-face setting.

The Trenchless Road Shows — the oldest and most influential trenchless educational platform of its kind — will be held at the Holiday Inn Strongsville, just minutes from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Free shuttles are available from the airport to the hotel. Rail transportation to downtown is also available from the airport, providing easy access to area attractions such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum and the Warehouse District, a popular downtown entertainment destination.

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