Keynote speaker confirmed for 2009

Trenchless Australasia 2009, the 8th National ASTT Conference and Exhibition, takes place at Melbourne Park between September 20-22, 2009. Delegates are guaranteed to take plenty away from the conference program with a range of speakers covering projects, technology, the latest developments, policy and more. Dr Ariaratnam’s presentation promises to be a particular highlight.

Dr Ariaratnam is currently the Vice-Chairman of the ISTT, as well as a Professor at the School of Engineering at Arizona State University and has been a keynote speaker at many trenchless events all over the globe. He is no stranger to Australia and his last presentation at a major event down under was at the International No-Dig in Brisbane in 2006.

Dr Ariaratnam is one of the world’s leading trenchless academics, and his research is in the area of “÷Sustainable Urban Underground Infrastructure Systems’. He focuses on using optimisation techniques and performance models to evaluate and develop improved construction strategies/methods for installing, assessing, rehabilitating, and repairing underground infrastructure systems including sewer/water systems, fibre-optic cables, pipelines, electrical lines, and gas lines. Particular focus is in trenchless engineering applications of HDD, pipe replacement, and asset management.

Dr Ariaratnam is known as a trenchless guru and has played a key role in raising the profile of the industry through his tireless promotional efforts. He is an engaging and entertaining speaker. His experience and contacts mean he offers a strong international perspective on the trenchless industry and is well versed on the varying local conditions that affect the sector.

His professional experience ranges from time with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to copious publications in refereed journals and conference papers. He serves on numerous boards and panels, making various technical and funding decisions. Additionally he has consulted for many major companies and municipalities and has acted as a professional witness in many legal cases. Dr Ariaratnam also holds a number of patents.

Further major speakers will be confirmed in the coming months, making the conference program the main attraction of Trenchless Ausztralasia 2009. Delegates will also have the opportunity to enjoy an international trade exhibition, which is almost sold out a year in advance, and a glittering social program making the most of Melbourne’s footy finals atmosphere.

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