NO-DIG 2000 Perth - Western Australia Update

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Planning for the International Perth No-Dig Conference and Exhibition to be conducted from 15-19 October in Perth, Western Australia has entered the detailed planning stage with only 9 months until the event. Strong interest continues to be demonstrated in the event as a result of the significant marketing effort already undertaken. 370 people have taken the trouble to indicate in writing to the Conference Organisers that they are interested in participating in the Event. These figures include 87 potential exhibitors, 30 potential sponsors and 54 potential presenters.

The Exhibition space which had been sold by the middle of January 2000 has been encouraging and is seen as a further indicator of the potential success of the Event. The graph attached shows the current level of sale of exhibition space when compared to the past two International No-Dig Events. The Conference and Exhibition registration documentation will be circulated during April 2000.

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Conference Organising Committee



Committee Role

Menno Henneveld Group Director, Water Corp.of WA Chairman
Jeff Pace Quality Manager, Water Corp. of WA Secretary/Treasurer
Jim & Alison Petrie Directors, Petrie International Professional Conference Organisers
Ken Walter Programme Manager, Water Corp. of WA Programme
Geofff Curtis Operations Manager Underground Services Sponsorship
David Braidwood Manager, WA, Ditchwitch Australia No-Dig Live
David Peacock Sales Manager



Garth Walter

Contract Engineer, Serco Water Publications/Marketing

Sub-Committees (with separate Roles and Responsibilities) have been created for Finance, Programme, Marketing, Sponsorship, Social and Publications. The Conference Organising Committee now meets on a monthly basis, with sub-committee members meeting more frequently.

The involvement of the International Society for Trenchless Technology is through Dr S Thoyama (President of ISTT, Chairman of JSTT and Executive Director for this Event); John Castle (Executive Secretary, ISTT) and John James of ISTT.

The Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology’s Councillors in each of the Australian States and New Zealand are kept informed of progress and will become more involved as the event approaches.

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Professional Conference Organisers


Petrie International commenced work as the PCO for the Perth No-Dig in August 1997 with responsibility for organising all aspects of the Conference and Exhibition. Petrie International has a web page at established for the Perth No-Dig, with URML links to the ASTT and ISTT home pages. Petrie International can also be contacted on:

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The Burswood Convention Centre and Exhibition Superdome, located just five minutes from the heart of Perth, Western Australia is the venue for the event which is to be conducted from 15-19 October 2000. The Burswood complex is a world class resort centre and it is intended that most of the functions and activities associated wit the Conference and Exhibition will take place there.

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An updated Budget Report has been prepared to reflect the latest projections for income and expenditure taking into account:

  • the impact of the new Goods and Services Tax the Australian Government will introduce in July 2000;
  • ISTT incurred costs as outlined in the Agreement to be signed by ISTT and ASTT;
  • Revised Exhibition space available for sale.

A draft Agreement between ASTT and ISTT outlining the profit sharing arrangements for the Perth No-Dig, and the consequential obligations on both parties is expected to be signed in April 2000 when the Chairman of ISTT visits Perth.

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The following are the main features planned for the programme:

  • Speaker programme of 36 speakers over three days with a mix of single and duel streams.
  • Strategically placed workshop sessions, with a "Hypothetical" style general workshop on the Tuesday for (1 hour) and possibly 3 simultaneous workshops on the Wednesday (micro-tunnelling, horizontal directional drilling and sewer rehabilitation) each with the target of delivering a communique at the Closing Ceremony. The objective is to "have a result" as a consequence of having some of the world’s leading figures in Trenchless Technology at the Perth No-Dig for 4 days.
  • Three hour No-Dig live on adjacent site, with concurrent site visits. There will be no presentations during this period;
  • Sunday morning Industry Breakfast;
  • Linkages with support and like industries;
  • Exhibition in futuristic Superdome, with more than 2000 square metres net of useable space;
  • "Taste of Australia" Social and Accompanying Person’s Programme.

It is intended that the Event will have a greater practical focus, offering more for the Contracting and Service sectors of the industry, as well as the normal scope of interest for client, manufacturing, educational and industry support organisations. There will be an emphasis on the commercial and business opportunities for Trenchless Technology available in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

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Promotion, Marketing and Publications

The distinctive Perth "No-Dig" 2000 logo and letterhead have been designed and used on promotional material. Preliminary Announcement promotional material in three languages has been distributed at Taipei, Lausanne, Tokyo, Houston and Budapest and at national events at Brisbane, Auckland and Adelaide. Preliminary announcements have been distributed to other TT Societies and Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology members. This promotion will continue with special visits to Sydney and Auckland being considered.

The "No-Dig 2000" Homepage was established, with links to the Budapest 1999 No-Dig and the Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology Homepage.

The site address is:

A Sponsorship package has been produced and released to the industry. Some 30 significant international companies have indicated they wished to be major sponsors, with four silver sponsors ($10,000each) and a $5000 sponsor already confirmed.

The Trade Exhibition pre-release has been produced and distributed. Features include:

  • Fully themed, carpeted exhibition space in adjacent futuristic Superdome;
  • Opportunity to use fully serviced booths or space only;
  • Special rates for large open spaces commencing at 54 square metres for thosemembers to exhibit "expo" style.
  • Linkages with sponsorship packages;
  • Potential for pipeline industry linkage with previous National Pipeline Convention being conducted immediately prior to the No-Dig event

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Exhibition Statistics

By: Menno Henneveld - Chairman                                                                                                                Conference Organising Committee




The theme for the Perth No-Dig is as follows:


Underground Space Technology – the Hole Solution

This theme covers the widest possible scope for trenchless technology, and provides the linkage with a greater range of tunnelling methodologies and the underground space movement.

A schedule of the more critical public relations events is attached, as well as a schedule of press releases, together with a range of some 12 International and National magazines targeted for these releases.



Last Updated on 23 April 2000