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Trenchless training courses at No-Dig Down Under

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The courses were originally developed by the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT), but the material has been adapted to suit Australasian audiences.

It will cover horizontal directional drilling (HDD), sewer laterals and new installations, and is considered to be the global standard for education on trenchless technology. The programs will be invaluable to anyone encounters trenchless technologies as part of their employment, but they are best suited to civil and geotechnical engineers, council, utility and government employees, and beginner installers.

The courses will run on Tuesday, June 14, from 8am to 5pm, at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. Attendance costs $490 for members or $590 for non-members. The price includes your chosen ASTT training course, an NASTT training book, attendance at the welcome reception and free access across the three days of the exhibition trade show.


This course will provided a detailed overview of the essential elements of a successful HDD project. Presenter Ben Crosby, the ASTT Queensland Councillor and managing director at Bamser, will cover six topics, including equipment, tooling and materials, steering, location and monitoring, the basis of design, contract documents, settlement calculations, and more.

There will also be an opportunity to meet with several HDD specialists in the field and ask them questions.

Sewer laterals 

Presented by Nuflow group trainer Ben Norton, this course will detail some of the problems associated with the private lateral portion of the collection system network, the options available for inspection, evaluation and repair of sewer laterals, and the financial and legal issues affecting this kind of work.

New installations

This course will be presented by Justin Shepherd, the ASTT Victorian councillor, and Blair Telfer, the ASTT vice president and New Zealand councillor. The pair will explain both commonly used and new trenchless installation methods for new utilities, services, casings, and other underground facilities. They will also detail the benefits of a trenchless approach, the common requirements for trenchless projects, and the range of technologies available.

Places are limited, and the ASTT is encouraging those interested to book now to avoid disappointment. Registration is fully refundable should the course not run.

Bookings can be made via the NDDU website.

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