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UKSTT celebrates 25 years in 2018

The United Kingdom Society for Trenchless Technology (UKSTT) has celebrated its 25th anniversary at its Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 19 September 2018.

More than 400 guests attended the evening, which was hosted once again by environmentalist Chris Packham.

Keeping with a tradition he started at his first dinner in Blackpool, Mr Packham once again brought a surprise guest – this year an alligator snapping turtle.

Attendees enjoyed live entertainment was provided by female vocalist Portia and a dance act by Britain’s Got Talent 2011 semi-finalists ‘2 N A Half Men’.

During the course of the evening, the winners of the UKSTT Awards were announced.

“Our awards recognise the very best individuals and companies within the trenchless industry,” said UKSTT Chair Matthew Izzard.

“Our winners are excellent ambassadors for our sector.”

UKSTT Award winners

New Installation – Water and Wastewater Award
Sponsor: RSM Lining Supplies
Environmental Award
Sponsor: Public Sewer Services
Project of the Year Award
Sponsor: ProKasro
Winner: South West Water Delivery Alliance H50,
Arcadis, Kier and Radius Subterra

The New Installation Award – Water and Wastewater recognised the success of the Mayflower Water Treatment Works potable water main – Whitleigh Woods slipline project.

South West Water is constructing a state-of-the-art water treatment works in Devon, which will use cutting-edge treatment processes, designed and developed by leading Dutch water technology company PWN Technologies and will serve around 250,000 customers in Plymouth and the surrounding area.

New Installation – Energy and Communications Award
Sponsor: RelineEurope
Clancy Docwra, UK Power Networks, Joseph Gallagher, COWI

The New Installation – Energy and Communications recognised the success of the Battersea cable tunnel project.

Clancy Docwra were contracted by UK Power Networks to deliver a new cable spur tunnel and connection chamber for a major new electricity network connection in London.

The project crews overcame many technical challenges, including a seven track rail viaduct and a trunk main sewer lying 15 m above the new tunnel.

Innovation Award
Sponsor: H50
VolkerTrenchless Solutions, Visser & Smit Hanab and Equinor

The Innovation Award recognised the success of the horizontal directional drilling (hdd) landfall at Mongstad project.

To successfully execute the HDD project in Mongstad, push reaming was the only option without any possibility of maintaining tension on the drill string.

The challenges facing the team included the fact that the drilled bore had to open up to 1,219 mm  over a distance of 800 m and exiting in 300 m of water with rock strengths of 200 mPa.

Renovation Award
Sponsor: Tracto-Technik
Wessex Water YTL E&C, OnSite Central, J G Pipeline Consultancy, Trenchless Opportunities

The Renovation Award recognised the success of a rising main cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) pressure lining renovation project.

There has been an enthusiasm for force main CIPP lining in mainland Europe for many years, yet relatively few have been installed in the UK’s sewerage sector.

Wessex Water believes the time is ripe to invest in the understanding of the design and procurement of pressure liners.

The Christchurch STW liner completed with framework contractor Onsite Central is the first of any note and the precursor of many more planned and reactionary lining interventions to come.

Application of Digital Technology Award
Sponsor: Wessex Water

The Application of Digital Technology Award recognised the use of Catsurveys’ desktop utility records search platform.

It is a unique, bespoke and easy-to use online database driven geographical information system (GIS) for desktop utility record searches.

The systems developed have enabled us to ensure the timely, efficient and cost effective collation of statutory undertakers’ drawings.

Young Professional Award
Sponsor: Picote Solutions
Helen Isaacs, Wessex Water

In Ms Isaacs role as a Critical Sewer Engineer, she has delivered a range of rehabilitation techniques while maintaining a strong focus on customer care and client satisfaction.

These include a Bristol GRP lining project, the Christchurch GRF CIPP rising main lining and manhole renovation trials.

She was also responsible for researching the WaterUK Styrene Protocol, which was the first protocol to address styrene emissions from CIPP lining sites.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Norman Howell

The third UKSTT Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Norman Howell, who has been part of the UK and international trenchless industry for more than 40 years.

Starting out as an Engineering Geology graduate from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Mr Howell later qualified as a Chartered Geologist and Chartered Environmentalist.

His working career at Tarmac Construction started in 1975, where he became interested in trenchless technology in the late 1970s.

Mr Howell joined the International Society for Trenchless Technology in 1986 and has been involved in the UKSTT since its inception in 1993; in 2000 her joined the UKSTT Council and served as Honorary Secretary for 18 years and Chairman from 2001 to 2003.

This award recognises Mr Howell for his services to the trenchless industry and for his services and contribution to the UKSTT.

For more information visit the UKSTT website.

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