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No-Dig Down Under goes international in 2013

The ASTT welcomed the ISTT to the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre for the trenchless event of the year, No-Dig Down Under 2013, which saw 1,364 visitors attend the show over the three days – the biggest numbers an ASTT show has seen.

The event officially began with an Oktoberfest-styled Exhibition Opening, sponsored by HOBAS, where delegates enjoyed the chance to network at a “÷beer and bratwurst’ themed evening.

Featuring more than 140 booths from 124 exhibitors, the exhibition hall was a constant stream of activity where delegates could view the latest in Trenchless Technology.

The impressive social program also included a boat cruise on the iconic Sydney Harbour, sponsored by Vermeer.

Under the stunning backdrop of the world famous Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, delegates took the opportunity to mingle and network.

The Gala Dinner was the most prestigious affair at the event, where delegates enjoyed a sumptuous three course meal and were treated to entertainment by world-renowned corporate entertainer and speed painter Brad Blaze.

The Conference’s technical sessions were comprised of 60 individual sessions held over three days, covering 18 different topics and with speakers representing 15 different countries.

These were well attended and provided an opportunity for delegates to hear and learn from trenchless experts from all over the world.

Tuesday featured a well-attended Trenchless Think Tank, where a panel of trenchless experts discussed and debated pertinent issues for the trenchless community.

The Think Tank initiative was started at the ISTT’s 2012 Sao Paulo conference as a means for experts within particular regions of the globe to share knowledge on current issues.

The session will act as a catalyst for experts within that region to take back ideas and strategies back to their Society to overcome challenges.

Looking ahead

Generously supported by Event Partners HOBAS, Interflow, Kembla Watertech and Vermeer, the event was a huge success for all involved.

No-Dig Down Under was a spectacular success and confirmed the strength of the trenchless industry, both in Australasia and internationally.

The ASTT’s next Down Under event will be hosted on the beautiful Gold Coast, 8-11 September 2015.

The event will include experts and international speakers, ample networking opportunities, and an impressively-sized exhibition hall where companies from Australasia and the international trenchless scene will showcase the latest technologies to hit the market.

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