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ASTT 2017 Person of the Year: Jim Shooter

Pezzimenti Tunnelbore’s Jim Shooter has been awarded the ASTT Person of the Year for 2017, recognising his ongoing contributions to the Trenchless Technology industry.

The Person of the Year Award recognises individuals who have made major and sustained contributions to the trenchless industry above and beyond the call of duty that help develop and promote the use of Trenchless Technology.

Mr Shooter encapsulates this quality with his extended engagement with industry events and publications, the majority of which takes place in addition to his normal work activities.

Over the years, he has presented papers at local and international Trenchless Technology conferences, including co-presenting the first paper at the inaugural ASTT Conference in 1992. Mr Shooter is also a regular participant in the ASTT Technical Forums, as an attendee and presenter, and has contributed his work to industry publications such as Trenchless Australasia.

Jim Shooter on site.

A long-time member of the ASTT, Mr Shooter most recently established and chaired the ASTT Microtunnelling Special Interest Group (SIG). The SIG has since developed microtunnelling design guidelines which are a breakthrough from the previous Water Services Association code design for Trenchless Technology.

Mr Shooter’s knowledge has been gained from a lifetime of hard work. In 1976, he completed his Civil Engineering degree at Sydney University, after which he went on to work for the State Rail Authority, before joining Sydney Water.

For 13 years, Mr Shooter worked in the construction section at Sydney Water, acting as Project Manager of Trenchless Technology for his final 2 years with the utility.

In 1994, he joined Pezzimenti Laserbore™ and has now been the New South Wales Manager of Pezzimenti Tunnelbore – a service provider specialising in the installation of underground infrastructure using microtunnelling – for more than 20 years. During the period, Pezzimenti has undertaken more than 1,100 bores.

This article was featured in the December edition of Trenchless Australasia. To view the magazine on your PC, Mac, tablet, or mobile device, click here.

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