ISTT News: Fall 2019

International Society for Trenchless Technology News 2019.

The Finnish Society for Trenchless Technology (FiSTT) has organised an Autumn seminar for its members in Vantaa, near Helsinki airport, on 30 September, covering sewer inspection; integrity assessment; trenchless planning and materials; quality control and project documentation; and case studies on the suitability of different no-dig methods.

Elsewhere, the society has had representatives placed on the new ISTT committees: Regional Action Committee, the Education and Professional Recognition Committee and the Guarantors Committee.

New Executive Director

At the most recent spring meeting, Jukka Huusko was elected as FiSTT Executive Director, a part time role that is a first for the society. With this nomination, FiSTT intends to develop and improve the services provided to its members. Jari Kaukonen – who is also currently ISTT Chair – will continue as Chair of the society until the end of this year.

Further education

FiSTT’s Inspection Working Group is continuing its pipe inspection education program, focusing on the inspection of buried sewer pipes, with a view to updating the general instructions to meet contemporary level of knowledge. The updates will take into account the development of different techniques and best Nordic practices for the conditions in the region. The inspection of house connections will be considered, with discussion on how this can be best implemented.

NASTT offering online education

The NASTT is offering a free webinar series to help the global underground construction community expand its trenchless knowledge.

Attendees receive education from the convenience of their home, while still able to actively participate using a question and answer platform. The webinars are accurate and objective, contain no commercial content and are free to both members and non-members of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT).

The next instalment, taking place on Wednesday 18 September, will cover pipe bursting, also known as pipe cracking and pipe splitting, which replaces existing pipe by breaking the old pipe material using force from within, applied mechanically, which forces the material into the surrounding ground.

At the same time a new pipe of the same or larger diameter – generally, a polyvinyl chloride or high-density polyethylene pipe is used – is drawn in behind the bursting tool. The pipe bursting device may be based on an impact moling tool, to exert diverted forward thrust to the radial bursting effect required, or by a hydraulic device inserted into the pipe and expanded to exert direct radial force.

Industry experts from NASTT will be present the session, while AM Trenchless Owner and President Alan Ambler will act as moderator along with Ted Berry Company’s Matthew Timberlake and Portland Utilities Construction Company’s Michael Woodcock.

IBSTT appoints new Board of Directors

IBSTT has appointed its new Board of Directors, following its Annual General Meeting in late January.

The Iberian Society for Trenchless Technology (IBSTT) appointments include:

  • President – Juan García Aparicio, Suez Spain
  • Board member – Carlos Gómez Rodríguez, Aplicaciones Especiales de Ingeniera Civil
  • Board member – Miguel Angel Vázquez García, Mejoras Energéticas
  • Board member – Javier Yagüe Garreta, Hidrotec Sanejament
  • Board member – Eduardo Rojas Martín, Licuas
  • Secretary – Elena Zúñiga Alcón

IBSTT was created in 1995 with the purpose of developing knowledge and practices trenchless technology for the benefit of citizens and the environment.

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