This conference was a monumental occasion for both the Brazilian Society (ABRATT) and the ISTT, because it was the first ever ISTT No-Dig show held in South America.

View the full range of No-Dig Sao Paulo photos at the Trenchless International photo gallery!

The conference was an outstanding success, drawing a large number of both local and international delegates. Over a three-day period, participants had the opportunity to update their knowledge on latest equipment innovations in the global market, and attend presentations on new studies, procedures, and technologies presented by members of the business and scientific communities from across the globe.

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Proceeding No-Dig Sao Paulo, delegates could attend a two-day course in directional drilling (HDD), which was conducted by Petrobras engineers.

Additionally, the conference included five special lectures and a round table comprised of representatives from several different continents who debated trenchless projects and practices.

The exhibition hall

Over the three days the exhibition hall was a constant place of activity, with approximately one hundred stands. Visitors had the opportunity to learn more about latest equipment and material innovations from large international manufacturers, as well as key foreign and domestic service providers.

Platinum Sponsors of the event were Colli Drill Brasil, Conexão Trading, Vermeer Corporation and Petrobras.

The ISTT Awards were presented at the Gala Dinner, which was hosted at the beautiful Villa Bisutti Tenerife - an excellent venue where delegates socialised and enjoyed great Brazilian food and entertainment.

ISTT Award winners 2012

The ISTT Award presentation was truly a memorable experience for all attendees.

The ISTT Project of the Year Award went to Trenchless Technologies for the Port Elizabeth Goes Trenchless Project, which saw the rehabilitation of two parallel sewers located in the heart of the Port Elizabeth District in South Africa.

The Milling Mole project won the ISTT Product of the Year Award. The Milling Mole, developed by Japan-based Yasuda Engineering, is a sludge-based jacking method capable of cutting metal obstructions from previous urban developments.

The second ISTT Product of the Year Award went to Finnish company Picote Oy for the Smart Cutter, a device which aids cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) installation when reconnecting smaller drains to the lateral.

The ISTT Academic Research of the Year Award went to the USA-based Trenchless Technology Center for its retrospectice evaluation of CIPP sewer rehabilitation.

Finally, the ISTT Student of the Year Award went to Veronika Onderkova from the Czech Republic for her paper on modelling and evaluating pipe roofing using microtunnelling to rehabilitate the Jablunkov railroad tunnel in the Czech Republic.

Trenchless International Editor Kate Pemberton was on-site at the conference, handing out Trenchless International magazines, ‘I♥trenchless stickers' and talking to delegates about their major projects that are underway. A full report on the conference proceedings will feature in the January edition of Trenchless International, make sure you have subscribed for your copy!