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Trenchless Technology Canada Association Updates: Summer 2019

Editor’s Note: In each issue, Trenchless Technology Canada features the “Association Updates” section to highlight the happenings in the various associations across Canada related to the trenchless field. Information is provided by the associations.

To submit information for our Fall 2019 edition, that mails in November, email managing editor Mike Kezdi, at Deadline for submissions for that issue is Oct. 1.

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Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT)

In May, the University of Waterloo’s Senate Graduate and Research Council has renewed CATT for another five-year term from 2019 to 2024. CATT’s renewal application had strong support from the industry and academia for being the leading Canadian trenchless professional education and training provider (more than 5,000 attendees for more than 90 workshops and courses in the last five years) and strong research program including buried infrastructure asset management and trenchless rehabilitation.

CATT has planned a number of events starting in Fall 2019, that include, UESI and Utility Risk Management, Introduction to Trenchless Technologies (Ottawa), Advances in Watermain Rehabilitation, Lessons Learned from the Trenchless Industry Experts and Water Infrastructure Resilience and Climate Adaptation. For more information, visit

CATT and Fleming College will conduct a field school for horizontal directional drilling on Oct. 21-24. Furthermore, CATT is working on a new initiative to bring online, on-demand trenchless education program to the Canadian marketplace. Stay tuned for more information in the near future.

The deadline for the call for abstracts for presentations at the 2020 Trenchless Technology Road Show was Sept. 6. This is the largest Canadian Trenchless Technology Road Show jointly organized by CATT and Benjamin Media Inc. the event includes more than 60 exhibitors, two full days of presentations, live demos and more than 600 attendees. If you want to be part of the Road Show planning committee, please contact CATT at

CATT has two staff additions that include Dr. Hamed Mohammedifardi (new educations initiatives) and Mubasshira Kauser (website, marketing and UX/UI expert).

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Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies (CETT)

At the CETT, summer is a prime opportunity for research. Research under the NSERC IRC Associate Industrial Research Chair in Underground Trenchless Construction involves multiple industry partners, including The Crossing Company, TELUS Communications, UniqEnergy Solutions, BGC Engineering, and INROCK. More than a dozen personnel, including post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students are currently involved in research with CETT, with a focus on subjects ranging from optimization of drilling fluid in HDD to water main condition assessment and rehabilitation.

May was a busy month at CETT, with two workshops being offered. A course on Planning and Design of Direct Pipe Projects was offered on May 2 in Calgary, the first time that a course on Direct Pipe has been offered in North America. Participants were given a solid overview of the technique, including installation procedure and equipment, geotechnical considerations, and design considerations. The first FTTx Underground Construction Workshop, which was organized jointly by CETT and TELUS, was held on May 8-9 at the University of Alberta. This workshop reached capacity, and offered an excellent opportunity for discussion of challenges in fibre construction. The workshop included presentations by service providers, municipalities, construction contractors, and equipment manufacturers. Planning is already underway for the 2020 event.

CETT will hold its next workshops this fall, with Trenchless Technologies 101 offered in September and Advanced HDD Design in November. For more information, contact Lana Gutwin at

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NASTT Northwest Chapter NASTT-NW

The Chapter is proud to be jointly presenting No Dig North Conference in partnership with the Canadian Chapters of NASTT. The Conference will take place Oct. 28-30 in Calgary, Alberta at the TELUS Conference Centre.

Registration is open for the Pre-Event Good Practices Courses on Oct. 28. The Pre-Event Courses include NASTT’s HDD, New Installation Methods, Rehabilitation, and CIPL Good Practice Courses, as well as breakfast and lunch. Early bird attendee registration pricing is available until Sept. 13, which includes access to the three tracks of technical presentations on Oct. 29-30, exhibit hall entry, breakfast and lunch for both days of the conference. We are excited to announce that the exhibit hall is officially sold out. For more information sponsorship, the Pre-Event Courses, technical program and exhibitors, please visit the Conference’s webpage —

We are currently planning the 2019-2020 Technical Lunch Program in both Edmonton and Calgary Program and I would like to extend an invitation to our Chapter members to submit topics for this program. If you have a specific topic or project that you would like to see us spotlight, please reach out and let us know. For more information, email

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UESI ASCE Logo UESI – Alberta/BC

The Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute (UESI) Alberta/BC Chapter offers professionals working within the utility, pipeline engineering, and surveying/geomatics communities the opportunity to network with others and shape the future of the industry by participating in technical activities, conferences, and the development of internationally recognized standards. For more information or to get involved, contact Ophir Wainer at For general information regarding the Canadian UESI chapters, visit

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UESI ASCE Logo UESI – GTA-Ontario Chapter

The UESI GTA- Ontario Chapter is proud to be working with CATT for the Sept. 10 UESI education day summit. This will be a full day of UESI topics that will provide insight into the different standing committees that USEI has and update son the upcoming ASCE 38 rerelease and other relevant standards. If you are interested in joining or just learning more about UESI, or email

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