Utility Contractor

NOV-DEC 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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14 Utility Contractor | November/December 2018 GROUNDBREAKING NEWS The Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University held its annual Industry Advisory Board meeting Oct. 24-26 in Ruston, Louisiana. Led by TTC director John Matthews, the meeting provides board members an update of the Center's activities and accomplishments. Among the leading initiatives for TTC in 2018 is the plan- ning of the new Barbera Underground Infrastructure Research & Training (BUIRT) facility, which is envisioned to be a state- of-the-art training facility on the Louisiana Tech campus. The facility will be home the TTC's annual Auger Boring School, which along with the annual Utility Investigations School are recent offerings of the Center. TTC announced that is nearing the completion of a project in conjunction with NUCA to update the association's publi- cation "Trenchless Construction and Rehabilitation Methods." The new version is nearing completion, and covers Geotechni- cal Considerations; Horizontal Auger Boring (HAB); Pipe Jack- ing (PJ) & Utility Tunneling (UT); Microtunneling (MT); Pilot Tube Method (PTM); Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD); Direct Pipe Method (DP); Pipe Ramming Method; Pipe Burst- ing (PB); and Underground Utility Risk Management. In addition to ongoing research, student activities, and the popular Municipal Forum events, TTC is beginning a research program on behalf of NASSCO to study the emissions of steam-cure CIPP to provide reliable and quantifiable data. TTC field collection of data was scheduled to begin in November. The IAB is comprised of manufacturers, contractors, engi- neers, associations, media, and public works members and is a valuable resource for strategic planning and program devel- opment, while also providing the TTC with industry perspec- tive. The IAB is engaged in identifying and prioritizing cur- rent and future needs of the industry, monitoring progress of specific projects, reviewing research results, assisting in proj- ects, assisting in technology transfer, and promoting educa- tion and interaction with students interested in the industry. The TTC was initiated as the Trenchless Excavation Center in 1989 and formally became the TTC in Nov. 1991. It was created to promote research, development and technology transfer in the trenchless industry. In addition to its research activities, a strong effort has been focused toward the educa- tion of engineers, contractors, government agencies and oth- ers about the availability and capability of trenchless meth- ods for the solution of difficult underground infrastructure problems. Trenchless Technology Center Industry Advisory Board Meets in Louisiana The Trenchless Technology Center Industry Advisory Board met Oct. 24-26 in Ruston, Louisiana.

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