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Speakers Announced for Microtunneling Short Course

Annual Course Scheduled for Feb. 10-12, 2015 in Golden, Colo.
Release Date: December 18, 2014
Contact Information: Jim Rush, 330-467-7588, jrush@benjaminmedia.com

Microtunneling Short Course organizers have released the agenda for the 21st annual event, which will be held February 10-12 at the Colorado School of Mines campus in Golden. The Microtunneling Short Course features three days of instruction and networking opportunities with world-renowned experts in this specialty field.

Among the featured presentations on this year’s agenda is a case history presentation of the Ala Moana Project in Hawaii by Jordan Bleasdale of Frank Coluccio Construction Co. The Ala Moano project includes approximately 15,000 ft of microtunneling, including twin 1,800-ft drives under Honolulu Harbor through ground conditions including coral and zero blow count material. The project is one of the most technically challenging and expensive micotunneling projects completed in the United States to date.

Steve Leius of SECA Construction Co. will give a case history titled “Vintage Microtunneling a Smart Choice.” This presentation covers the successful completion of a project in which the contractor purchased and refurbished a 30-year old Rasa microtunneling machine for completion of a soft-ground project, resulting in lower project costs.

Also, Paul Vadnais of Vadnais Trenchless, will discuss the need for standards for concrete pipe in the United States. Currently, standards exist in Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom for concrete jacking pipe, but are lacking in the United States, which can lead to project failures.

Other presentations cover microtunneling from planning through installation, covering topics such as design, equipment selection, shaft construction, pipe materials, legal issues, and more.

Established in 1994, the Microtunneling Short Course is the premier educational vehicle worldwide for training and education in this specialty field. The Microtunneling Short Course is organized by Course Directors Timothy Coss, President of Microtunneling Inc. and Dr. Levent Ozdemir, President of Ozdemir Engineering. More than 2,600 contractors, consulting professionals, owner agency representatives, manufacturing and supplier representatives, and students have attended the course since its inception.

As part of the program, winners of the Microtunneling Achievement Awards will be recognized Feb. 12 at the Banquet Dinner at the Golden Hotel. The winners are Rene Inosanto of Frank Coluccio Construction Co., Greg Raines of MWH Global, and John Grennan of Ward and Burke.

If you are involved with microtunneling, or are planning to be involved, the Microtunneling Short Course is a must-attend event to obtain the latest technical information to ensure a successful project.

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