The conference program was organised by immediate Past Chairman of the ISTT Dec Downey. The program featured presentations on a number of new technologies, as well as many case studies to illustrate the challenges and solutions of trenchless works around the world.

The conference was opened by Professor Sam Ariaratnam, Chairman of the ISTT. Keynote presentations followed by Tan Yok Gin, Assistant Chief Executive (Operations) of Singapore’s Public Utilities Board and Mohammed Akhir Mohd Jiwa, Director General Sewerage Services, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Malaysia.

The Trenchless Asia exhibition featured more than 50 companies from ten countries and included country pavilions from Singapore and Germany. Platinum sponsor of the event was Vermeer Asia Pacific and Gold Sponsor was Digital Control Inc (DCI).

The combined attendance was recorded at more than 18,500 visitors from 104 countries.

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Show Director Paul Harwood said “The decision to hold Trenchless Asia alongside Singapore International Water Week proved to be extremely successful, with exhibitors reporting excellent enquiries from visitors looking for trenchless solutions.

“The core attendance of visitors who signed up to attend Trenchless Asia was supplemented by a high number of attendees who crossed over from SIWW exhibition, thus expanding the visitor profile to include an influential audience of international water industry experts and policy makers from around the world.”

Trenchless International Editor Kate Pemberton attended the event with Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology (ASTT) Chairman Trevor Gosatti and Secretary Jeff Pace. At the event, the ASTT representatives with ISTT Executive Director John Hemphill signed the event contract for the 31st International No-Dig 2013, Sydney.

The ASTT also met with Affiliated Societies at Trenchless Asia to discuss what will be on offer at No-Dig Down Under 2013.