The Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, Calif., played host to the annual NASTT No-Dig Show March 3-7, gathering approximately 1,700 public works officials, engineers, contractors, academicians and manufacturers from around the globe. The theme for this year’s event was “The Great Trenchless Gold Rush.”
Sponsored by the North American Society of Trenchless Technology (NASTT), this annual event draws trenchless professionals from around the world to the largest and only conference and tradeshow in North America dedicated solely to the promotion of trenchless technology. This year, more than 150 exhibitors filled the 84,000-sq ft exhibit hall and more than 150 peer-reviewed technical papers were 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.
The conference got under way with its annual Kick-off Breakfast on Monday, March 4, which included the presentation of the 2013 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year, Larry Kiest of LMK, as well as the 2012 Trenchless Technology Projects of the Year winners.
On Tuesday, March 5, NASTT hosted its annual Gala Awards Dinner, which included the induction of the second class of the NASTT Hall of Fame. Inducted were the late Eric Wood, founder of Insituform; Dr. David Bennett, Ph.D., founder of Bennett Trenchless Engineers founder; and Ed Malzahn, founder of The Charles Machine Works. The annual Chairman’s Award was presented to Richard Thomasson, Malcolm Pirnie.
The 2014 No-Dig Show will be held April 13-17 at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla. For information visit, www.nodigshow.com.