Honouring the Trenchless Technology titans

Nominations are now open for the ISTT’s 2015 No-Dig Annual Awards, to be presented at the 33rd International No-Dig in Istanbul, Turkey.

The aim of ISTT is to promote the science and practice of Trenchless Technology, and the Awards are to raise the profile and status of the Society and its award winners.

Applications must be in English and should be no longer than 1,000 words, supported by suitable illustrations, in Microsoft Word or PDF file format. Illustrations should be inserted into the text, with one file per entry. Applications should be made with a view to fulfilling the below criteria.

Award categories

There are four categories eligible to receive awards:

  • Academic research or training aid/course
  • Trenchless project completed
  • New machine, tool, material, system or technique introduced
  • Student or young professional paper – members regularly enrolled in college or university, or spending at least half their time on academic course work.

When submitting your application, please specify which category the nomination is for. Awards may not be made in all categories in a given year.

Award presentations

All award winners are recognised at the conference and presented an award and certificates; featured in an article in Trenchless International; added to the ISTT award winner honour role on the ISTT website; and authorised to use the ISTT logo on promotional material.

The student award winner receives a small cash award and limited financial travel assistance to attend the conference.

Selection criteria

Criteria for selection of Awards are as follows:

  • Does the entry make a contribution to the advancement of Trenchless Technology worldwide?
  • Does the entry contribute to protecting the environment and/or reduce social costs?
  • Are the above benefits clear from the entry?
  • Is the entry innovative, ingenious, elegant or novel?
  • Is the entry commercially and economically practicable?
  • Will the award make an impact with the media, decision-makers and the general public?
  • Will the award impress ISTT members?
  • Has the entry been well explained and presented?

Applicants for the categories of Trenchless Project and New Machines should demonstrate a practical use or development of trenchless systems or equipment for the installation or rehabilitation of underground utility networks.

For example, entries may address achievements in:

  • Improved economy and competitiveness of trenchless installations
  • Length and speed of drive for installation, replacement or renovation
  • Accuracy or size of installation
  • Materials used
  • Ground conditions successfully dealt with
  • Improved acceptability for clients, operators and/or environment
  • Underground detection, recording and mapping of obstacles, both natural and constructed
  • Health and safety of employees and the general public
  • Matters related to training in the field of trenchless work
  • Research into any of the topics related to working on underground utilities.

Nominations for the 2015 No-Dig Annual Awards close Friday 10 July 2015. Entries should be submitted to the ISTT via email at info@istt.com. ISTT will send a confirmation email upon receipt.

East meets west in trenchless Turkey
With a rich 20-plus year history of Trenchless Technology and an ambitious national underground infrastructure program underway, Turkey is poised to be a powerhouse in trenchless techniques for many years to come.
According to TSITT Chairman and ISTT Executive Subcommittee Member Yasin Torun, several flagship trenchless projects are underway or about to commence in Turkey, including a $US11.7 billion pipeline that will utilise many trenchless crossings, significant rehabilitation and water loss management projects due to new water utility regulations, and a range of microtunnelling and tunnelling projects.
International No-Dig Istanbul 2015 will bring together engineers from all over the world. The program provides a mix of technical sessions and a lively and informative exhibition of the very latest technology and products. It will be a unique event where the industry can come together to network with like-minded people.

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