Don’t Miss the Largest Trenchless Event of 2017
Each year the No. 1 trenchless industry event in North America is NASTT’s No-Dig Show and this year the show goes global. April 9-13 the global community of trenchless professionals will gather in our nation’s capital for NASTT’s 2017 No-Dig Show and the International Society for Trenchless Technology’s (ISTT) 35th International No-Dig Show held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.
In 2016, NASTT’s No-Dig Show surpassed the 2,000-attendee mark and this year, the attendee count is expected to continue the trend. More than 180 exhibitors are already confirmed.
The joint conference will represent the largest trenchless conference in the world in 2017 and presents a unique opportunity for attendees to engage the international community for a broader perspective on trenchless construction.
For the second year, NASTT’s No-Dig Show will feature special roundtable sessions throughout the week, covering a variety of trenchless topics. These roundtables will consist of a moderator and a panel of trenchless experts who will speak to attendees on various issues relating to a particular topic. The roundtables are aimed at encouraging attendee participation and discussion. This year, topics to be covered include pressure pipe inspection, pipe rehabilitation and the past, present and future of cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) and more.
NASTT’s 2017 No-Dig Show Technical Paper Program has scheduled more than 160 peer-reviewed technical papers to be presented, focusing on a wide range of trenchless topics, including horizontal directional drilling (HDD), CIPP, microtunneling, inspection, asset management, pipe jacking and ramming, water and sewer rehabilitation, inspection and project planning. Papers are presented in a six-track schedule and grouped mostly by subject matter so attendees can choose to attend six presentations at any given time.
April 12 is Gas Industry Day, featuring a full day of education and networking specifically for the gas industry. This track is becoming a growing area of focus for NASTT as the society continues to educate the industry not only on the benefits of trenchless construction but also its various applications across multiple industry segments.
The conference gets under way with its annual Kick-Off Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m., April 10. During the breakfast, Jim Rankin will receive Trenchless Technology’s 2017 Person of the Year award. Look for a complete profile about Rankin in our March issue. Following the Person of the Year presentation, Trenchless Technology will formally recognize the 2016 Trenchless Technology Projects of the Year for Rehabilitation and New Installation.
Also at the breakfast, NASTT will introduce its incoming board members for 2017 and preview the show for attendees. Breakfast closes with NASTT’s 2016 Outstanding Papers in Rehabilitation and New Installation Awards.
Later that night, NASTT’s 16th annual Educational Fund Auction & Reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This fundraising event benefits NASTT’s educational initiatives. The auction and reception is known for its theme this year NASTT went with “Heroes of the Underground!” and attendees are encouraged to dress accordingly. As always, the event will feature a costume contest, the tropical vacation raffle and 50/50 raffles.
On April 11, NASTT will host its annual Gala Awards Dinner featuring the induction of NASTT’s sixth Hall of Fame Class: Joe Abbott, Dr. Tom Iseley and Rod Sutliff. The event will also feature the presentation of NASTT’s Abbott Innovative Product Awards and NASTT’s Chair Award for Outstanding Lifetime Service and the Ralston Award for Young Trenchless Achievement.
The No-Dig Show Closing Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. April 12 will be the final event for NASTT’s 2017 No-Dig Show.
For more info, visit nodigshow.com.