Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition.

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

JANUARY 25-29, 2015





When you attend the 20th annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT), in Houston, TX, Jan. 25-29, 2015, you will be a part of the largest event in the United States focusing on underground utility pipe rehabilitation and construction. The week-long event begins on Sunday, Jan. 25 with specialty training programs sponsored by our industry partners. These workshops will be held at the Hilton AmericasHouston Hotel. UCT's primary program (education and exhibits) will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Jan. 27-29.

At UCT, you will learn the latest in trenchless pipe rehabilitation and new construction. You'll see exhibiting companies that manufacture directional drilling rigs; liners; CCTV systems; locators; mud mixing systems; pipe bursting equipment; pumps and more. The innovative educational program features industry experts who lend their expertise during the business-building seminars, and you'll earn CEUs (Continuing Education Units) and PDHs (Professional Development Hours) in conjunction with the University of Texas at Arlington.

To maximize municipal public works attendance at this critical education event, UCT has created a Municipal Partnership Program. The cost for municipal public works attendees will be complimentary for the UCT Primary Program. To take advantage of this, email your request to kfrancis@uctonline.com. We recognize the importance of municipal and public works participation in UCT and we want to ensure that you'll be able to attend.

Mingle with colleagues and friends during the meet and greet cash bar reception on Tuesday, Jan. 27 in the exhibit hall; and grab a lite bite and a cocktail at the networking reception on Wednesday, Jan. 28. This event is co-sponsored by TT Technologies and will be held in the George Bush Ballroom located in the convention center.

Complete program and registration information can be found in this brochure. Program updates will be posted at uctonline.com.

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!


But 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 plus 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.

The RehabZone aims to make your visiting experience more personal and memorable with the Technology Test Drive. Leading technology and solution providers will create unique hands-on opportunities enabling visitors to touch, feel and personally experience the equipment.

On-going presentations and demonstrations from leading suppliers lead naturally into the final staging area of the 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.

The RehabZone is funded by and open to UCT exhibitors only. To get involved in the RehabZone, contact 2015 chairman, Guy Leslie, at gleslie@rapidview.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.


WaterWorks 2015

Make WaterWorks 2015 Your Quality Water Event

UCT's Waterworks Conference is the premier forum where water piping infrastructure professionals meet to exchange ideas and gain greater insight into current economic conditions and challenges cities and counties encounter across the country.

Waterworks 2015 continues to inform and discuss the drought and extreme weather conditions that place additional pressure on maintaining water infrastructure and supply across the nation.

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 structural rehabilitation of PCCP with HDPE; real-time monitoring of water utility and construction operations; accessing new resources for brackish groundwater; the status of direct potable water reuse; and much more.

"The wide variety of classes and the time of half hour to an hour made it easy to attend multiple classes. The selection of vendors was good and they were informative."

Brian Holm

City of Killeen, Copperas Cove, TX

Ethics For Engineers Offered On Two Days

Pick Your Day!

Do you lack only a few more credits to satisfy the yearly engineering course requirements? Look no further. UCT is once again offering the Code of Ethics for Engineers course on two optional days--Tuesday, Jan. 27 as well as on Thursday, Jan. 29. 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. 27, from 1:30-2:25 p.m.

Or take advantage of the second course offering on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 8:30-9:25 a.m. presented by Dr. Daniel Wong, P.E., chief executive officer for Tolunay-Wong Engineers Inc., Houston, TX.



"The education program/training provided face to face interaction with a variety of underground construction professionals from all over the world in a concentrated setting. I found the conference to be very valuable to me as a water utility professional."

George Logan

Aquarion Water Company, Bridgeport, CT

New Learning Opportunities @ UCT

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. 28, from 8:3011:55 a.m. at no additional cost to full conference attendees.

This seminar will be divided into four key elements of discussion:

* A 10-Step Plan For A Municipal I/I Reduction And Sewer Rehabilitation Program;

* "If I had this to do over..." 12 Steps To Successfully Measure Effectiveness of Sewer Rehabilitation;

* Nashville & Brentwood--Removing 4.1 Billion Gallons of I/I; and

* Service Laterals As A Critical Part of the Rehab Program.


Learn strategies for reducing sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and infiltration/inflow (I/I) based on before-after flow measurements for 30 project areas, which included 110 miles of sewer lining, and manhole and service lateral rehabilitation on all lined sewers. The strategy proved the value of the System Approach for aggressive rehabilitation of deteriorated sewers targeted in priority basins rather than a "find-and-fix" approach for scattered individual pipe defects. Municipal sewer O&M savings generally resulted in a payback period of about 10 years for project construction costs. The approach has been formulated into a logical and intuitive 10-step strategy.

Before-after flow monitoring, and rehabilitation of sewer service laterals were found to be critical for successful programs. The presentations will identify pitfalls for flow/rainfall monitoring and explain the analysis of monitoring data in general terms that can be applied to improve the final results regardless of the brand of equipment. Sewer service laterals were found to be significant sources of l/l and a pilot study will be explained which isolated and measured the l/l contribution from service laterals.

A new statewide study of l/l in Tennessee municipal collection systems showed an average of 42 percent l/l in collection systems and that two-thirds of the systems had more than 50 percent l/l. These systems likely are representative of many...

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