CONFERENCES: No-Dig Show a Success in Schaumburg, Ill.

The North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) held its annual No-Dig Show May 2-7 and reported a record-breaking number of attendees for a non-international show ? a positive sign for the trenchless industry. Attendance for the 2010 show totaled 1,666, looking over the technology of 137 exhibitors on the 66,000-sq ft exhibit hall at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center, just outside of Chicago.

From awards handed out for innovative products, outstanding industry service to technical papers, the 2010 No-Dig Show lived up to its billing as the leading trenchless tradeshow and the place to be for trenchless information. The show celebrated NASTT?s 20th anniversary, including a champagne toast at the ribbon-cutting on May 3, a time capsule and a special commemorative anniversary book for all attendees.

Keith Hanks was formally presented with the 2010 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year Award at the Opening Breakfast on May 3 by Benjamin Media president and Trenchless Technology publisher Bernard Krzys. At the Gala Dinner on May 4, Marlin O. Gonzales, former NASTT chairman and president of National Liner Co. LLC, was presented the 2010 NASTT Chairman?s Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement. Also at the dinner, Jason Lueke, P.Eng., assistant professor at the Del. E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University, was presented with the Trent Ralston Award for Young Trenchless Achievement.
The Ninth Annual Educational Fund Auction was held May 3 and raised a record-setting amount: $52,000. The auction raises financial support for NASTT?s 11 student chapters while having a great time bidding on amazing items. Since 2002, the auction has raised more than $364,000.

The 2011 No-Dig Show is slated for March 27-31 in Washington, D.C.

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