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No-Dig Down Under releases conference program

No-Dig Down Under’s conference program has been released, for the event taking place in Melbourne, Australia on 10–13 September 2019.

No-Dig Down Under will feature a world class program comprising three dedicated conference streams: installation, rehabilitation and utility location.

The conference’s plenary session, taking place on Wednesday 11 September, will feature an opening address from Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology President Chris Frangos and the event organiser, Great Southern Press.


The formalities will be followed by the event’s keynote presentation by Professor Ian Moore, Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

Trained in Australia, Dr Moore’s more than 300 publications examine conventional and trenchless construction of new and deteriorated water, sewer and energy pipelines, contributing to North American and other codes.

His research includes studies clarifying the strength of new and damaged pipes, the behaviour of liner systems used in rehabilitation and pulled into place technologies such as sliplining, pipe bursting and directional drilling. Dr Moore’s studies combine analysis of soil-pipe interaction, fieldwork, and use of the world’s leading buried pipe testing facility developed with his colleagues at Queen’s University.

Three additional papers and a panel session will take place after the keynote address, before the program splits into three streams.


This stream will feature presentations covering horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and microtunnelling planning and design; challenging HDD, microtunnelling and pipe jacking projects; and new installation planning and geotechnical engineering.

Highlights include presentations from utilities such as Yarra Valley Water, Watercare and APA Group, and from leading local and international companies such as John Holland, Bothar Boring, McConnell Dowell, Vermeer, CCI Inc., GHD and HDI Lucas.


This stream will feature presentations addressing sliplining for pipelines, as well as rehabilitation guidelines, specifications and project planning.

Other presentations will focus on asset management and condition assessment, rehabilitation projects, relining projects and liner performance.

Highlights include presentations from Monash University and the Water Services Association of Australia on trials into trenchless relining systems.

In addition, presentations will be made by representatives of utilities Unitywater and Gippsland Water, and companies such as AECOM, KBR, Primus Line, Interflow and Insituform Pacific.

Utility location

This dedicated utility location stream will include presentations on a pipeline damaged by HDD and insights into the future of information sharing between excavator and asset owner.

In addition, the stream will feature papers on locating technologies, data, drone use, skill development and more.

Click here to access the full conference program, including abstracts of all papers.

Registrations for No-Dig Down Under are open, with an early bird discount available until 12 July 2019.

Click here to register.

For more information visit the No-Dig Down Under website.

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