Underground Construction Technology: International Conference & Exhibition.

Author:Francis, Karen E.
Position::Conference news

JANUARY 28-30, 2014



Experience the largest event in the United States focused on the total underground utility pipe infrastructure--Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT). Held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX, Jan. 28-30, 2014 (primary UCT program and exhibits), you'll learn the latest in trenchless pipe rehabilitation and new construction. You'll see exhibitors that manufacture directional drilling rigs; liners; CCTV systems; locators; mud mixing systems; pipe bursting equipment; pumps and more. You'll hear from industry experts during the business-building educational program and you'll earn CEUs (Continuing Education Units) and PDHs (Professional Development Hours) in conjunction with the University of Texas at Arlington.

The innovative educational program is the largest ever offered at UCT--107 sessions totaling 79.5 educational hours! New tracks include UV CIPP, Pressure Pipes and Manholes. Plus, the HDD track has expanded along with the WaterWorks Conference. Ethics for Engineers will again be available for engineers on two different days--this option is sure to fit into most engineers schedules. And, there is no additional charge for this course.

Major academic and industry sponsors offer seminars before, during and after UCT--providing you with a week-long option of learning possibilities. The complete educational program runs Sunday, Jan. 26--Friday, Jan. 31.

Don't miss the meet and greet cash bar reception in the exhibit hall on opening day (Tuesday, Jan. 28); visit with exhibitors on Wednesday (Jan. 29) and take advantage of the free attendee lunch; network with colleagues at the UCT Networking Reception co-sponsored by TT Technologies Wednesday evening in the George Bush Ballroom located in the convention center. And be sure to stop by the exhibit hall on Thursday, Jan. 30 as HammerHead rewards two lucky attendees with a $250 Visa gift card.

Your time is valuable. UCT provides you with an education schedule focused on topics of specific interest to you. From innovative subjects to top notch presenters to the must-see exhibits, UCT is the total source for the underground construction market.

Registration rates are flexible and early bird rates apply. Complete program and registration information can be found in this brochure. Program updates will be posted at uctonline.com.

So, if this is your first UCT, welcome. If you are a previous attendee, welcome back. Either way, we look forward to seeing you in January!

Best regards,

Karen E. Francis

Convention Director


The RehabZone: Past Meets Present

The RehabZone[R] is an educational arena like no other in the underground construction industry. It brings together the best of today's trenchless technologies for the rehabilitation of aging infrastructure and provides a hands-on look at what methods have been used in North America over the last 200+ years. Run by industry professionals who volunteer their time to educate the public, the RehabZone offers scheduled guided tours to provide insight into municipal history for young engineers and introduce new techniques and equipment to experienced engineers, contractors and public works personnel.

As you enter the 'Zone, you're face-to-face with a museum-quality display of yesteryear's infrastructure, followed by an array of current and emerging technologies. This can be a self-paced or guided tour; however, it's always educational, interactive and fun! While the 'Zone has been a part of UCT for years, the content and attractions are always evolving.

Technology Test Drive

New for 2014!

The RehabZone aims to make your visiting experience more personal and memorable with the addition of the Technology Test Drive. For the first time, leading technology and solution providers will create unique hands-on opportunities enabling visitors to touch, feel and personally experience the equipment. As the name implies, "Test Drive" elevates understanding, eliminates fear of the unknown, and inspires operators and owners to make educated decisions.

On-going presentations and demonstrations from leading suppliers lead naturally into the final staging area of Technology Test Drive where visitors put the gloves on and gain first-hand experience.

Educational stations in the RehabZone include the NASSCO Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) and Inspector Training Certification Program (ITCP), closed circuit television (CCTV), bypass pumping, sectional CIPP lining, joint and seal repairs, water main lining, lateral lining, grouting, root control, manhole linings and coatings, emerging technologies and a networking area.

Open during UCT exhibit hours, be sure to peruse the RehabZone and take the technologies for a test drive. Gifts and refreshments will be served and a free Technology Guide that provides an introduction to pipeline rehabilitation will be distributed.

UCT 2014 exhibitors participating in the RehabZone to date include: LMK Technologies, Danby LLC, ADS Inc., Inserta Tee, Avanti International, CUES and R.S. Technical Services, Inc.

The RehabZone is funded by and open to UCT exhibitors only. To get involved in the RehabZone, contact 2014 chairman, Daniel Magill at daniel.magill@avantigrout.com. For details on exhibiting at UCT, contact Karen Francis at kfrancis@uctonline.com.

The RehabZone is sponsored by NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) in cooperation with the American Society of Civil Engineers' Trenchless Installation of Pipelines and Pipeline Infrastructure Systems technical committee, the Water Environment Federation's Collection System Committee and Underground Construction magazine. Sponsorships and the opportunity to perform live demonstrations are open to UCT exhibitors only. For details, visit rehabzone.org.






"UCT does a great job of bringing in a variety of all aspects of our industry into one place to further our education. Great Job!"

Troy Cumpston, project manager, Midlands Contracting, Kearny, NE

Choose The Ethics Course That Best Suits You!

Get Engineering Credit

UCT is once again offering the Code of Ethics for Engineers course on two optional days--Tuesday, Jan. 28 as well as on Thursday, Jan. 30. Even better, UCT full conference attendees can attend at no additional charge!

With engineers and their companies facing increasingly difficult ethical questions, make sure that your organization is prepared for the challenges that can arise. Case studies related to ethics for engineers in the public and private sectors will be presented. Attending this course will satisfy the engineering ethics requirement for the annual license renewal.


Dr. Cumaraswamy Vipulanandan, P.E., professor/ director for the Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) at the University of Houston's Civil and Environmental Department will conduct the course on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 1:30-2:25 p.m.


Or take advantage of the second course offering on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 8:30-9:25 a.m. presented by Dr. Daniel Wong, P.E., chief executive officer for Tolunay-Wong Engineers Inc., Houston, TX.

Learn How To Successfully Reduce I/I & SSOs



Equip yourself to conduct a successful municipal sewer rehab program by attending this "how-to" Sewer Rehabilitation Strategy Workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 8:30-11:55 a.m. at no additional cost to full conference attendees.

Learn strategies for reducing sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and infiltration/inflow (I/I) based on before-after flow measurements for 27 project areas, which included 95 miles of sewer lining, and manhole and service lateral rehabilitation on all lined sewers. The approach has been formulated into a logical and intuitive 10-step strategy. The method of using "R" values (percent rainfall volume that enters a sewer line) also will be compared to the Standardized Procedure which was used to document successful I/I removal in Nashville, TN.

This workshop is taught by industry experts George Kurz, P.E., DEE, consulting engineer for CH2M Hill, and Pat Stevens, P.E., vice president of engineering at ADS Environmental Services.

WaterWorks 2014

Water: It's Either Feast or Famine!

WaterWorks 2014 is the premier forum where water professionals meet to exchange ideas and gain greater insight into current economic conditions and challenges cities and countries encounter across the country.

The message at WaterWorks 2013 explored the question "Is America Drying Up?" and continues in 2014 by discussing the drought and extreme weather conditions that continue to place additional pressure on maintaining water infrastructure and supply.

Nationally respected industry experts will share their insight into our nation's critically important water infrastructure in this three-day special conference. Topics will include financing a water project; case histories about direct potable water reuse and pressure pipe assessments; joint seal solutions for leaky pipes; condition assessment of in-service water pipelines; a cost saving core strategy for reconnecting service laterals; how a Supreme Court ruling could affect states' water rights; and much more.

To attend, register for the UCT education program--the WaterWorks Conference is included with your registration!

"I think the continuing education programs are the best. People are very willing to share their experiences. The show itself was excellent. Good exhibits. Also the conference hotel was very close to the show. Very handy."

Larry Petroff, Tech Service Specialist, Performance Pipe, Athens, GA

DrillZone Created For HDD Market

NEW IN 2014!






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