ISTT makes a mark in Medellin

Members of the CISTT, ISTT and Medellin Convention Bureau.

Members of the CISTT, ISTT and Medellin Convention Bureau.

In August 2012 the city of Medellin, Colombia, received two notable visitors from the ISTT – Chairman Dr Samuel Ariaratnam and Executive Director John Hemphill – who were assessing the city as a host for the No-Dig 2017 event.

The main purpose of the visit was to view the city and assess the possible host candidacy of Medellin for the International No-Dig 2017. For this purpose, the Medellin Convention Bureau and Proexport offices invited the ISTT executives to inspect the possible facilities and general infrastructure of the city in order to make an assessment on its potential for hosting an International No-Dig event.

The ISTT executives visited the Plaza Mayor Convention Center, the Northern Interceptor Project, a microtunnelling project currently under construction, and diverse hotels and touristic centres in the city.

They also had meetings with Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM) staff. EPM has been a Colombian Institute for Subterranean Infrastructure Technologies and Techniques (CISTT) platinum sponsor since 2009. CISTT Chairman Luis Maldonado also participated in this meeting, along with CISTT Executive Director Arlex Toro and CISTT International Representative Juan Carlos Gutierrez, among others.

One of the last meetings of the visit was with representatives from the School of Engineering of Antioquia and EAFIT University. The university representatives asked the visitors about information and ideas for participating in trenchless and underground infrastructure events and education.

CISTT gives special thanks to Daniela Maturana and Paola Piza, Medellin Convention Bureau executives, for assisting and hosting the important ISTT visitors. The Medellin Convention Bureau, PROEXPORT, ICTIS, and EPM, will be attending the ISTT No-Dig São Paulo 2012, and the No-Dig Sydney 2013 to promote the candidacy of Medellin for the 2017 International No Dig.

Upcoming Events include:

No-Dig Live 2012
2–4 October 2012 Coventry, UK

CHSTT Environmental Audits
19 October 2012 Hong Kong

2013 International No-Dig Sydney
1–4 September 2013 Sydney, Australia

Austrian No-Dig Conference
16–17 October 2012 Kitzbühel Austria

Trenchless Live 2012
23–24 October 2012 Melbourne, Australia

No-Dig Poland 2014
8–10 April 2014
The Uroczysko Hotel

Iberian No-Dig Granada
18–19 October 2012 Granada, Spain

2012 International No-Dig Brazil
12–14 November 2012 Sao Paulo Brazil

International No-Dig 2014
13–15 October 2014 Madrid, Spain

2013 NASTT International No-Dig Show
3–7 March 2013 Sacramento United States

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