During the International Society for Trenchless Technology’s 2016 No-Dig Conference, held Oct. 10-12 in Beijing, microtunnel machine manufacturer Iseki Poly-Tech of Japan took “New Machine Award” honors. The winning machine is part of the Iseki Unclemole line that includes the ability to retract the cutterhead in the event that unexpected obstacles are encountered.
When the cutterhead is retracted, the ground around the face can be stabilized by injection of chemical liquid, and the ground conditions can be confirmed with a CCD camera. More information about the award and the machine is available on the Iseki website.
Other awards presented at the event included:
- Project Award – New Installation: Construtora Passarelli
- Project Award – Rehabilitation: A.Hak Leidingbouw
- Academic Research Award: Professor Wu Xiaoming
- Student Award: Yuanze Cheng, Arizona State University