TT Blog: Trenchless Technology Team Is Ready for No-Dig

See you at No-Dig!

Sharon M. Bueno

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The biggest and most-talked about trenchless event of the tradeshow season is upon us! The 2011 No-Dig Show is set for March 27-31 in Washington, D.C. but as I type, folks across North America and even outside our borders are gearing up for that ultimate-trenchless road trip to our nation’s capital. Equipment and booth set ups are well under way.

Our company, Benjamin Media Inc., manages this all-trenchless conference for the North American Trenchless Technology Society and we already have staff on the ground at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center to ensure a smooth entry for exhibitors and attendees. Coordinating that effort there are Lindsie Bowman and Michelle Hill and they do a superb job!

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With the Trenchless Technology magazine team packing up and heading out to Washington , D.C., this weekend, we will be providing you full coverage of this industry event. Stop by our Booth (#607) to get your personalized TT cover. These were such a hit at last year’s No-Dig Show in Chicago that we were happy to bring it back with a Washington, D.C., twist. Our graphic gurus — Sarah Hayes and Chris Slogar — will be at the booth snapping the photos and designing the covers. Stop by and say hi!

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Jim Rush and I will be covering the conference, providing coverage in our daily No-Dig e-newsletter, as well as through blog on and Twitter posts (@trenchlesstech), as well as video interviews with the industry’s key figures. Our special No-Dig correspondent Leanne Butkovic and videographer Mark Gorman will providing video coverage of the latest products.

More than 140 trenchless companies will be displaying the latest and most innovative products and technologies to attendees, which include professionals in the public works arena, as well as municipality officials, engineers and contractors. Live demos highlight the show floor each day.

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This year’s No-Dig Show is taking on the world’s biggest political stage in Washington, D.C. and will pay homage to its history, marking 20 years of showcasing trenchless solutions and innovations through exhibits, educational seminars and fun networking events. Also roaming the 73,000-sq ft exhibit hall will be actors dressed as past presidents, giving the conference that Washington, D.C., feel.

A key component to the success of the No-Dig Show is its outstanding technical paper program. This program has become the heart and soul of the conference as it brings attendees a diverse and information educational forum. 2011 brings 140-peer-reviewed technical papers to be presented, focusing on a diverse range of trenchless topics, including horizontal directional drilling, cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), microtunneling, inspection, case histories, asset management, pipe jacking and ramming, water and sewer rehabilitation, project planning, inspection and trenchless research. Pre- and post conference seminars are also on the schedule for attendees at an additional cost. On Sunday, March 27, NASTT’s Trenchless Technology Short Course-New Construction and Rehabilitation will be held.

The conference itself gets under way with its annual Kick-off Breakfast on Monday, March 28. During this event, the formal presentation of the 2011 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year, as well as the 2011 Outstanding Papers in Rehabilitation and New Installation Awards will be announced. Entertainment for this event will be comedian Greg Schwem, whose performance provides an entertaining look at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business.

Also on March 28, NASTT will hold its 10th annual Educational Fund Auction & Reception. This annual event is the perfect opportunity for attendees to mingle and relax, as well as bid on items for an excellent cause — the Educational Fund, which  supports student chapters, target research, training modules and other student activities.

On Tuesday, March 29, NASTT will host its annual Gala Awards Dinner — a chance for the trenchless community to dress up and kick back at the same time with good friends, food and music. To close out the 2010 No-Dig event is the annual Closing Luncheon and Keynote Address on Wednesday, March 30. Here, attendees can enjoy lunch, entertainment and say good-bye to their fellow trenchless professionals before heading home.

Being in the nation’s capital gives attendees the opportunity to explore the various monuments, museums and historical places — making their No-Dig stay even richer. At a nominal extra cost, you can even take a moonlight tour of the nation’s capital, taking advantage of the Monuments by Moonlight Tour on March 27. The tour includes stops at the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial and more.

For more information about the 2011 No-Dig Show, visit or contact Benjamin Media, which handles the show’s management, at 330-467-7588