From the magazine

A milestone year in review

Trenchless Australasia is a vital tool for communication within the industry: the magazine celebrates the biggest, most exciting projects utilising Trenchless Technology across Australia and New Zealand; informs decision-makers about the latest developments in the industry and newest technologies; and it provides new solutions beyond what may have been taught or undertaken.

In 2013 our magazine covered a number of projects breaking new ground in the Australian market. Two of which I’d like to mention are the two winning entrants of the ASTT Project of the Year Award. In the September edition of Trenchless Australasia, we covered the story “÷HDD to Curtis Island’, detailing Australia’s first use of HDD intersect technology and innovative gyro tooling. This is certainly a trailblazing project for Australia and will pave the way for future technical feats in installation.

In this edition of the magazine we have covered the winning Rehabilitation Project, the Bennelong Stormwater Channel Rehabilitation, by Kembla Watertech. This project saw the rehabilitation of 1,830 x 1,220 mm diameter heritage-listed oviform stormwater channel for Sydney Water. Read about the project on page 32 if you haven’t already done so.

I would also like to give a special mention to the Lidcombe, Auburn and Granville Sewer Mains Rehabilitation Project, completed by Interflow, which won the highly prestigious ISTT Rehabilitation Project of the Year Award. It is heartening to see an Australasian company take this spot on an international platform, showing the Australasian industry is maintaining its place as a world leader in Trenchless Technology. Congratulations to Interflow for this great accomplishment. Make sure you read about this exciting project on page 38.

Both these winning rehabilitation projects were undertaken in collaboration with Sydney Water, who deserves commendation for its forward-thinking approach to asset rehabilitation, and for its successful strategic partnerships.

One of the new initiatives by Trenchless Australasia in 2013 has been establishing a series of informative e-guides on niche topics in our industry. Through email, social media and phone calls we receive a number of enquiries directed to us about where to find more information about certain products and processes. This has highlighted to us where there are knowledge gaps in the industry.

So far we have produced an e-guide on utility location and on vacuum excavation, and we will shortly be releasing an e-guide on CCTV and another on pipe selection for trenchless projects. Through sponsor involvement we have been able to produce these guides as a free resource. Visit to download your free guide.

In 2013, Trenchless Australasia has also worked with your ASTT Councillors to produce a lobbying document that highlights the social, economic and environmental benefits of a trenchless approach. The document will be distributed to key government departments, as well as water, energy and telecommunications utilities to educate and inform decision makers about the benefits and applications of Trenchless Technologies.

Of course I can’t mention the successes of 2013 without mentioning No-Dig Down Under. The event was a world-class display of trenchless in Australasia, and I wish to thank our Event Partners – HOBAS, Interflow, Kembla Watertech and Vermeer – as well as the sponsors, exhibitors, international guests and attendees who made the show possible.

It was also during the show that previous Trenchless Australasia Editor Kate Pemberton announced that she was moving on from the magazine. Kate has been a wonderful mentor and friend to me, and I know that we will all miss her warmth and passion for all things trenchless! Best wishes to Kate for all her new endeavours.

This year we also welcome back Associate Editor Laura Harvey from maternity leave. Laura first started working on Trenchless Australasia in 2004, and has many years of experience in the industry. We are excited to have her back and working on the publication again.

On the back of No-Dig Down Under 2013, we are starting to look toward the ASTT’s next major Conference and Exhibition, No-Dig Down Under 2015. The ASTT and event organisers are working hard to review feedback on all aspects related to the event to ensure every event exceeds expectations and is the best event yet. The location and dates are still to be confirmed, so make sure you are subscribed to Trenchless Australasia‘s weekly e-newsletter to hear the latest event updates.

As our readers are our industry partners, Trenchless Australasia is keen to hear what you would like to see reported on. We are always open to any suggestions or feedback, so please feel free to contact anyone on the team.

Trenchless Australasia thanks the ASTT Councillors, members, and all of our advertisers, exhibitors, event partners and sponsors, and contributors in making what we do possible.

2014 is shaping up to be another exciting year, and we look forward to joining together with you all to continue the growth of Trenchless Technology. Happy holidays and I look forward to working with you in 2014!


Trenchless Australasia Editor

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