5th National ASTT Conference

The fifth annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology was held at Darling Harbour, Sydney in the middle of August, with an excellent attendance, many delegates coming from overseas, and an excellent trade display with 37 exhibitors.

Following the official welcome by Menno Henneveld, Chairman of the A.S.T.T., Robert McKim, from the United States presented the keynote address which covered two decades of trenchless technology in the U.S., and the lessons learned. His comments led into the technical sessions of the Conference, which covered a wide range of topics, ranging from management to asset management and replacements, to reporting codes. Also included in the Conference were case studies of various projects, and the analysis of their success and problems faced. Some of the papers presented included:
'Sewer Inspection Reporting Code of Australia' - David Cox & Peter Mitchell
'Right People, Right Relationship, Right Outcome' - Grant Binns
'Multimedia Education in Trenchless Technology' - Jonathan O'Brien
'A Local Governments Experiences with In ground Asset Management and Replacement' Colin Eamshaw
'Planning Effectiveness of Sydney Waters Sewerfix Project' - Warwick Eyles
'Changes in the Approach to Sewer Rehabilitation - Case Study North Shore City Council, Auckland' - Philip McFarlane & Mark Hoyle
'Grouting Sydney's Sewers: A Review of Experience' - Sudipta Basu & Mina Karagakis
'Ensuring Trenchless Pipeline Rehabilitation Projects Succeed' - John Jurgens
'Optical Fibre Connections Through Existing Sewers and Gas Pipes' - Jey Jeyapalan
'Local Oz Markets demanding longer and longer Microtunnels' - Jim Shooter & Aurelio Pezimenti
'Horizontal Directional Drilling Under Port Hacking Bundeena Maianbar Water & Sewerage Scheme' - Robert Eisworth, Andrew Lukas & Stephen Loneragan
'Water and Sewer Construction with Horizontal Directional Drilling Equipment' - Dean Martens.

It was interesting to note that most papers addressed the practical problems and solutions that the presenters found, and in most cases had one or two case studies included. 

The Association had a display stand at this Conference, as many delegates were members of the Association, and considerable discussions took place regarding inductions, safety manuals, training and the like. Many delegates purchased the induction video "Welcome to the H.D.D. Profession" as it met their needs in line with training requirements.

Amongst the exhibitors were: TT Asia Pacific Pty Ltd./Sales International Pty Ltd, Rowlands Underground Technology Pty Ltd, Eptec Pty Ltd, Bothar Boring, Contractor Solutions Pty Ltd, Australian Drilling Industry Association, Terramacs Ltd, Tunnelling Technologies Ltd, Tyco Water Pty Ltd, KRE Engineering Services, Thiess Services Pty Ltd, Sewer Equipment Company [Aust], Collex No Dig Pty Ltd, Ditch Witch Australia, Kembla Watertech Pty Ltd., Vermeer Sales & Service, Interflow Pty Ltd &Rib Loc Australia Pty Ltd, Austeck Pty Ltd, No Dig Equipment, LKL International Pty Ltd, Herrenknecht [Asia] Limited, Australian Pipe Relining Pty Ltd, BT Equipment Pty Ltd, DJ & MB MacCormick Civil Engineering, Drillers World Australia Pty Ltd, Halco Directional Drilling Products, Digital Control Australia Pezzimenti Laserbore Pty Ltd, Streamline Drains & Pipelines Pty Ltd, UEA Pty Ltd, LOVAT-mts/Pacific Tunnelling, Imdex Limited, Microtunneling Inc, Wirth Soltau Microtunnelling, Rob Carr Pty Ltd,.

The interchange of ideas between delegates was exceptional, as was the display of the latest technology and equipment, and from the Association's viewpoint, it was a very successful Conference.

Article  supplied with the permission of
Graham Wakeling form Australasian Drilling

Last Updated on 29 December 2002