Utility Contractor

MAR-APR 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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10 Utility Contractor | March/April 2018 GROUNDBREAKING NEWS The Microtunneling Short Course celebrated its 25th anniversary in style by attracting a record turnout Feb. 6-8 in Boulder, Colorado. A total of 159 participants, including contractors, engineers, owners, suppliers and others, attended the course, held at the Byron R. White Blub at the University of Colorado Boulder, surpassing the previous high of 147 set last year. Since 1993, the Microtunneling Short Course has been the premier educational venue for the microtunneling market. The educational program covers all aspects of microtunneling from basic concepts to advanced techniques and the latest developments, making it ideal for beginners and experts alike. The size of the event allows for networking, interactive discussion and Q&A following the presentations, something that can be lacking at large conferences. Other activities associated with the annual Microtunneling Short Course are the one-day Pilot Tube Seminar, held at the University's Rec Center, a meeting of the North American Microtunneling Association (NAMA), a Networking Reception hosted by Akkerman Inc., and the annual Banquet Dinner. NUCA member companies who participate in the event include Akkerman, Barbco, Benjamin Media, Bradshaw Construction, BT Construction, Frank Coluccio Construction, Hobas, Huxted Tunneling, Logan Clay, Michels, Northwest Boring, Thompson Pipe and Trenchless Equipment Co. The Banquet Dinner includes the presentation of the Microtunneling Achievement Awards, which this year were bestowed upon Lee Abramson, Kleinfelder; Steve Caneen, Huxted Tunneling; Mike Ellis, TEC (past NUCA chairman); and Ingo Justen, Tunnel Services Group. The Microtunneling Short Course was founded in 1993 by Tim Coss, Microtunneling Inc., Levent Ozdemir, Ozdemir & Associates, and Bernie Krzys, Benjamin Media. "It's amazing to see the longevity and continued growth of the Microtunneling Short Course," said Coss. "When we started the course in 1993, there was no other way of sharing information and learning about what was then an emerging field. Since then, we have seen tremendous advancements in the field of microtunneling that no one would have thought possible 25 years ago." Planning is underway for the 26th annual Microtunneling Short Course, which will be returning to Boulder from Feb. 5-7, 2019. Information will be posted to the course website as it becomes available. Microtunneling Short Course Celebrates 25 Years, Reaches New Heights A total of 159 participants attended the Microtunneling Short Course. Troy Stokes of NUCA member company Akkerman gives a presentation on "Introduction to Microtunneling." Past NUCA chairman Mike Ellis was one of four Microtunneling Achievement Award winners.

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