Derek Choi, ISTT Chairman
ISTT Executive Director John Hemphill and I went to London for the 29th Annual General Meeting of the guarantors on 15 June 2016. Meeting the guarantors in London has become a ritual of mine for the past three years.
The guarantors’ dedication to ISTT’s development and future is admirable and the wise advice given is always helpful. Not to mention all the history and ‘insider’ stories during lunch – I am going to miss this.
In May, immediate-past Chairman Dr Samuel Ariaratnam and ISTT Administrative Assistant Kyoko Kondo went to Malaysia for Trenchless Asia 2016 held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The event was officiated by YBhg. Datuk Loo Took Gee, the Secretary General (KSU) of Malaysia Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water (KeTTHA).
This was a popular event with 79 exhibitors from 11 countries and over 1,200 conference delegates and visitors in attendance.
CHKSTT hosted its International Conference and Exhibition 2016 held on 16-17 June 2016 at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Speakers and delegates from over 10 countries attended the event. ESC member Dr Albert Shou; Executive Director of GSTT Dr Klaus Beyer; and the CISTT’s Arlex Rodriguez and Carlos Munera were speakers at the event.
Two very exciting projects are underway at ISTT. The ISTT Education & Training Grant Program is in full motion. Winners of the grant will be announced at International No-Dig 2016 Beijing.
The fall has always been my favorite season for Beijing. It has been a project in the making for ten years for CSTT to bring the International No-Dig to Beijing. I am very much looking forward to greeting all of you in the historic and dynamic city of Beijing in October 2016.
The ISTT website revamp is also underway, led by Vice Chairman Enrico Boi. The will incorporate current technologies and features to better serve our trenchless community.