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Trenchless International

October 2010

From the Chairman’s desk

It is said that time flies when you are having fun – well the past three years since taking up the role as Chairman at the Rome No-Dig Conference have just flown by. I have had great support from a lively Executive Committee and the ISTT staff, first Pat Nolan and John Castle and subsequently Kyoko Kondo and John Hemphill. The handover from John to John (a convenience for absent minded chairmen) went very smoothly and it has been a privilege for me to work with such professionals. In November we will have a vigorous election with nine candidates seeking to be voted onto the ESC; this has to be a sign of the good health of our organisation when senior trenchless practitioners are vying to be elected. I am sure when Professor Ray Sterling introduced the electoral procedure none of us ever thought it would be this competitive. I know that Professor Sam Ariaratnam going forward from the Singapore No-Dig will have a great team and I intend to stick around as a very active Past Chairman to help Sam wherever I am needed.

Executive Director’s report

The October issue of Trenchless International is the final of the 2010. When this issue arrives, many of you will be off to Singapore to participate in the 28th Annual International No-Dig Conference and Exhibition. And what an event it promises to be.

China visits the deep south

The Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at the Louisiana Tech University recently hosted leaders from China’s largest pipeline engineering firm – China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPP).

ISTT news in brief

Latin America

NASTT mourns the loss of Joseph L. Abbott, Jr

NASTT and members of the trenchless community are deeply saddened by the loss of Joseph L. Abbott, Jr., the National Sales Manager of Godwin Pumps, who passed away on 12 September.

Under Singapore

Singapore is a regional transcenter of excellence for water and wastewater management. Many successful rehabilitation and installation projects have been achieved through the use of Trenchless Technology.

Singapore International No-Dig

The spotlight will be on Singapore as it hosts an exciting forum for trenchless technologists at the ISTT’s 28th International No-Dig 2010 Conference and Exhibition, 8–10 November this year.

Report from Singapore International Water Week 2010

Singapore International Water Week 2010 ended on a high note for many local and international water companies, where the total value of announcements for projects awarded, tenders, investments into Singapore and R&D MoUs exceeded $US2.1 billion, up by 27 per cent from last year. The event, which was held together with the World Cities Summit this year, also saw a record increase in the number of trade attendees to over 14,000 from 85 countries/regions.

The story behind the pipe: an inside look at CIPP

By Dec Downey, Chairman ISTT

Cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) has had an revolutionising effect on the world of infrastructure and asset management. Here Trenchless International looks at the history of the technology, how it was created, patented and its importance in the trenchless industry.

CIPP around the world

Cured-in-place pipe or CIPP is a popular pipe rehabilitation method around the world. Here Trenchless International reviews a selection of current projects. CIPP creates a close-fit ‘pipe-within-a-pipe’ that has quantifiable structural strength and can be designed to suit various loading conditions.

CIPP chosen to achieve global expansion

Oilfield construction company DFI Corporation, recognising the growth in the trenchless industry, has chosen CIPP technology as a way to expand its business. DFI is using RS Technik’s cured-in-place pipe installation systems, which give businesses both timing and geographical flexibility, allowing them to undertake rapid repairs in any conditions.

Robbins rocks through seven

Indiana, US contractor Midwest Mole Inc had a daunting task ahead of them when they were named General Contractors for not one, but seven sewer tunnels, tackling the unprecedented bores with Robbins Rockhead.

Borouge pipes up to help China’s eco city

Borouge’s new high stress crack-resistant BorSafe PE100 material is specifically developed for installation in difficult conditions. It was put to the test in China’s new eco city in Tianjin, where a much needed new water supply pipeline had to pass under a canal.

Piloting to success in Jacksonville

by Stephen Tait

Mears Group, Inc. recently completed a 7,400 foot horizontal directional drilling (HDD) bore in Jacksonville, Florida, US, a design-build project that allows a regional energy producer to expand its natural gas pipeline to serve new facilities.

Jacking the Blue Lagoon

Hobas’ CC-GRP jacking pressure pipes are part of Venice’s major environmental plan to help reduce and prevent future pollution to the world’s famous Blue Lagoon.

Jack in the box

by James Thomson, Chairman, Jacked Structures SA

James Thomson, owner and principal of Jason Consultants Group until 2003, recently formed Jacked Structures SA. Here Mr Thomson details the different concepts of installation.

The latest in pipe and cable locator technology

by Anthony Johnstone, Access Detection

The traditional locator has been around in one form or another for over 100 years. Although there have been many advancements with the humble pipe and cable locator they still work on the same principles of the first locators ever built. Here, Australian supplier Anthony Johnson from Access Detection reports on the latest developments from the region.

The year of the HDD rig

by Bob Martin, General Manager of HDD Broker Inc

Despite a challenging year for the vast majority of the world, affecting both contractors and manufacturers, a few new developments survived – such as the horizontal directional drill (HDD) rig.

In search of a better way

by Randy Happel, Two Rivers Marketing

Product innovation and putting customer needs first has fuelled Vermeer Corporation on a quest to become a global leader in trenchless equipment and technology.

HDD gets bigger

Completing the model range of the S Series, the new Terra-Jet 8522 S is the largest HDD machine ever built by Terra AG and was exhibited successfully at BAUMA, Munich. The machine is characterised by high power and drilling fluid volume.

Promoting trenchless in Ukraine

The Ukraine Association for Modern Trenchless Technology held a very successful event in Odessa on 10 September.

No-Dig Berlin latest news!

The 2011 International No-Dig will be held in conjunction with WASSER Berlin International 2011, on 2–5 May at Exhibition Grounds Messe Berlin.

Turkey joins the ISTT

The ISTT has recently welcomed the Turkish Society to the organisation.

Environmentally efficient technology in Berlin

Since 1982, trenchless construction methods have represented an environmentally sound, low-cost alternative wherever underground pipelines are modernised or installed in Germany.

No-Dig 2012 comes to Brazil

by Sérgio A. Palazzo, Director of ABRATT

In anticipation of the 2012 No-Dig Conference to be held in Brazil, ABRATT Director Sérgio A. Palazzo gives an insight in to why you should be there. He highlights Brazil’s rapidly developing economy and why opportunities for the development of Trenchless Technology in the country are overflowing.

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