July 2012John Hemphill ISTT Executive Director
If you just read the headlines, 2012 might be considered a difficult year, what with the weakness of the economy world-wide, political tensions in many regions of the world, and even a prophesy of the world coming to an end according to an ancient Mayan calendar. However, when it comes to the trenchless community, 2012 is shaping-up to be a pretty good year.
This past quarter was filled with a number of activities involving the ISTT and several affiliated societies. In total, there were six trenchless events – beginning with No-Dig Poland 2012 in April, and ending with No-Dig Moscow 2012 in June. It is nice to see so much activity in various countries.
As part of the South African Society for Trenchless Technology’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the Society attended its first site visit in many years. On 28 February 2012, the Zandfontein Depot of Johannesburg Water parking lot was crowded with excited society members shaking the hands of industry friends they had not seen for over a year.
The ISTT’s outreach program is continually drawing more international associations together for the exchange of international knowledge with Argentina working with the ISTT to establish an Affiliated Society.
The Chinese Society for Trenchless Technology 2012 International Trenchless Technology Conference and Exhibition was held in China’s Zhengzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre, from 20–22 April, with great success, bringing over 300 industry representatives from across the globe to the conference and approximately 1,200 visitors to the exhibition.
In May, 22 members of the Finnish Society for Trenchless Technology visited the 2012 IFAT Fair in Munich, Germany. The members, who came from a variety of backgrounds, including employees from water utilities, trenches consultants and contractors, attended the three-day conference.Andrew Wedgner and David Walton, Borouge
Polyethylene pipes have long been used to renovate ageing pipeline networks to reduce gas and water leakage levels and to install new systems. In combination with trenchless installation methods, a new pipeline can be installed at a low cost without disturbing city flow or damaging the environment. Here Borouge details three innovative case studies.
The ISTT's inaugural No-Dig India Summit 2012, held in Bangalore from 14–15 May, was attended by more than 100 delegates from cities across India, including senior government officers, contractors and consultants.
Poland’s fifth Trenchless Technology International Jubilee Conference and No-Dig Poland 2012 exhibition, held in Kielce from 17–19 April 2012, was a great success.
The 2012 Underground Infrastructure Research International Conference and Exhibition, held from 5–6 June in Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada was a resounding success with record numbers in attendance.
France sans Tranchée Technologies has a series of exciting trenchless events taking place across France in 2012.
The Second Colombian and First Andean and Central American Congress and Exhibition of No-Dig Technologies and Underground Infrastructure – 2012 event was successfully celebrated in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, held from 17–18 May 2012.
The Turkish Society for Infrastructure and Trenchless Technology has been leading the way in Turkey by promoting innovative pipe rehabilitation and installation techniques through its proactive approach and industry leading events.
As part of Trenchless International’s ongoing series examining utilities around the globe, this edition takes a look at the water authorities providing service to some of Turkey’s largest cities.Jules van Leth, Hermes Technologie
The renovation of manhole shafts by the centrifugal spray method is a safer option, compared with manual coating or the wet spray technique, explains Hermes Technologie’s Jules van Leth.Andrew Marshall, Pipe Jacking Association, UK
Pipe jacking is a specialist tunnelling method for installing underground pipelines with minimum surface disruption. Primarily used for new sewer construction, it is also used for sewer replacement and relining, gas and water mains, oil pipelines, electricity and telecommunication installations, culverts and subways.
ISKI, Istanbul’s Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Municipality, has commenced three new microtunnelling projects that will provide Turkey’s inland Marmara Sea with better environmental protection.
The Melbourne Main Sewer Replacement, an Australian project upgrading the historic century-old main sewer in Melbourne, has progressed well over the past 12 months and was commissioned in May 2012, tracking on schedule for completion in mid-2012.
The water and sewage infrastructure renovation market is particularly challenged by pipes with extremely large or extremely small diameters – spiral-wound pipe lining provides one of the most minimally invasive techniques for these difficult pipe ranges.
Here Trenchless International looks at two pipe bursting case studies where STG Braunsberg uses Tracto-Technik equipment for fast installation to fight rising flood waters and to renovate pipe under a busy road.
Barthauer Software GmbH is a medium-sized German software engineering company with more than 25 years of experience in developing infra-informatics solutions – solutions for infrastructure management. It is highly specialised in modelling infrastructure networks on intelligent and secure database structures.
An innovative marketing whitepaper has been released by Infrastructure Marketing Solutions, a division of industry publisher Great Southern Press. Here, Jacinta Hannaford, Infrastructure Marketing Solutions Manager, outlines the importance of implementing content marketing strategies to promote your company.
Trenchless International has launched a brand new online shop to provide Trenchless Technology professionals with published papers, how-to guides, wall-charts and additional materials to help readers expand their trenchless knowledge.Kaleel Rahaim, Business Manager Remediation Polymers Interplastic Corporation
The cured-in-place pipe process has been used since the early 1970s to renovate deteriorated pipelines. The process was first developed for gravity pipelines and has found some limited applications in renovating pressure pipelines.
Trenchless International introduces you to the members of the ISTT Executive Sub-Committee. Here we speak to Gerda Hald from the Scandinavian Society for Trenchless Technology, who has been helping the industry develop for over 25 years.