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With the theme of “Better outcomes through trenchless”, No-Dig Down Under 2023 is set to be a must-attend event for all trenchless industry professionals.

No-Dig Down Under is the southern hemisphere’s only large-scale conference and exhibition dedicated to trenchless technology.

Organised in partnership with the Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology (ASTT), the conference has grown to become the second largest no-dig technology event in the world.

The technical program invites and encourages speakers from around Australia and the globe to present papers covering case studies, new and emerging technologies, challenging projects and environments, industry skills and training, risk management and more.

This year’s conference, sponsored by Rob Carr as platinum sponsor, Vermeer Australia as gold sponsor, Interflow, Rockpecker and Vivax Metrotech as silver sponsors, and Monitor Lifts and STEP Oiltools as bronze sponsors, will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 12-14 September.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours can be claimed for attending the conference through Engineers Australia.

Tickets available now

Early bird tickets are now on sale for this year’s event until June 30, 2023.

Attendees can save up to $230 on each ticket, while ASTT members also receive further discounted tickets.

A full conference ticket includes the conference program, catering and all social functions including the Gala Dinner and ASTT Awards evening.

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Scholarships on offer

Once again, the ASTT is offering 10 utility and council scholarships for attendance at No-Dig Down Under 2023.

The scholarships allow key members of Australasian utilities and councils to attend the conference with reduced costs and aim to attract more employees from these organisations to the event, increasing their knowledge of trenchless technology.

To be eligible, applicants must be a full-time employee of an Australian or New Zealand utility or council.

All applications will be judged on various criteria including employment position and job title, membership record with the ASTT, participation in previous No-Dig events, knowledge of the trenchless industry and career goals within the sector.

A professional reference or testimonial from a colleague or industry contact must also be submitted.

Applications for ASTT utility and council scholarships close on Friday, 14 July 2023.

Training courses

Before the conference begins, a range of training courses will be available for attendees to build upon their knowledge of trenchless technologies.

Three courses will be featured at the 2023 event, with one focused on new installation methods, the second on horizontal directional drilling and the third on renovation of pipes by lining.

Registration for these one-day training courses is available from $515 for ASTT Members and $615 for non-members.

Members can also earn CPD points for the course attendance and completion.

ASTT Awards night

The prestigious ASTT awards are not to be missed, with the awards to be presented to the winners at the ASTT Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Thursday, 14 September.

Nominations can be made for the six awards, with nominations closing on Friday, 14 July 2023.

The award categories include:

Rehabilitation Project of the Year

An award which recognises innovation and advancements across technology, environmental benefits and occupational health and safety benefits in rehabilitation projects.

New Installation Project of the Year

It recognises innovation, advancements in technology, environmental benefits and occupational health and safety benefits in new installation projects using trenchless technology.

New Technology: Machine, Tool, Material, System or Technique

Recognises a practical development of trenchless systems or equipment that results in benefits such as improved economy, accuracy, speed of drive or replacement, ability to overcome difficult installations or similar.

Menno Henneveld Person of the Year

The award recognises an individual who has made major contributions to the trenchless industry in any area of activity. It will identify a contribution over and above the call of duty to grow, develop and promote the use of trenchless technology across Australasia.

Jeff Pace Young Person of the Year

This award recognises younger members of the Australasian trenchless community and the role they play in the growth of the industry.

Trenchless Woman of the Year

This new category recognises a woman who plays a leading role within the Australian trenchless technology industry who goes above and beyond their role within the sector.

ASTT President Ben Crosby says the ASTT was pleased to introduce this new category for this years’ awards.

“Trenchless technology has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, however we are seeing more and more incredible women take charge within the sector and feel it is appropriate to recognise them accordingly,” he says.

“I look forward to celebrating these outstanding women, along with other industry stalwarts, at the ASTT Awards Gala Dinner.”

This article featured in the June edition of Trenchless Australasia. 

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