CONFERENCES: 2012 No-Dig Show Heads to Nashville

Nashville is home to the historic Grand Ole Opry and all things country music, all the way down to the 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots. But for five days in March, the Music City welcomes back the trenchless technology community for its annual conference and exhibition.

Trenchless professionals from around the globe will gather in the Tennessee capital city March 11-15 for the 21st annual No-Dig Conference and Exhibition. The event, dedicated to trenchless renewal and new installation techniques, takes place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center.

Sponsored by the North American Society of Trenchless Technology (NASTT), this annual event draws professionals from around the world to the largest conference and tradeshow in North America dedicated solely to the promotion of trenchless technology. Through exhibits, educational seminars and networking events, the No-Dig Show is a must-attend event for anyone involved in trenchless. Of particular note in 2012 is the inaugural NASTT Hall of Fame class, honoring the industry-changing accomplishments of deserving NASTT members.

2011 was a good year for the trenchless industry and this year?s conference hopes to capitalize on that momentum with a strong No-Dig Show. In 2012, more than 140 exhibitors will fill the 70,000-sq ft exhibit hall, displaying the latest in trenchless equipment and technology and be on hand to answer attendees? questions.

Along with the jam-packed exhibit hall, the No-Dig technical paper program is also an important part of the show?s success and stature. 2012 brings 155 peer-reviewed technical papers to be presented, focusing on a diverse range of topics, including horizontal directional drilling, cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), microtunneling, inspection, case histories, asset management, pipe jacking and ramming, water and sewer rehabilitation, project planning, inspection, trenchless research and more.

The conference gets under way with its annual Kick-off Breakfast on Monday, March 12. During this event, the formal presentation of the 2012 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year and Projects of the Year will be made. Also on March 12, NASTT will hold its 11th annual Educational Fund Auction & Reception. This annual event is the perfect opportunity for attendees to mingle and relax, as well as bid on items for an excellent cause ? the Educational Fund, which? supports student chapters, target research, training modules and other student activities.

On Tuesday, March 13, NASTT will host its annual Gala Awards Dinner. During this popular event, the trenchless community gathers for a night of fun, food and dancing to live entertainment, as well as honoring members of the NASTT community.

For more information about the 2012 No-Dig Show, visit or contact Benjamin Media, which handles the show?s management, at 330-467-7588.

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