Asset Training helps operators undergo verification

Australia’s first online drain cleaning refresher

Aqua Assets provides water and waste management services to businesses in the utility, construction, engineering and trade sectors.

Services include civil works, non-destructive digging, vacuum loading, CCTV, drain cleaning and pipeline rehabilitation.

Aqua Assets subsidiary Asset Training is specially dedicated to providing training in water and waste management and industrial maintenance services.

This registered training organisation (RTO) primarily focuses on work safety, backed by vocational educators who are passionate about the level of instruction they provide.

Operating since 2006, Asset Training is an award-winning RTO dedicated to providing safe work training.

For more than 15 years, the company has continued to grow its portfolio of industry-specific trainers who collectively have more than 40 years of combined industry experience.

Asset Training has recently launched a new online drain cleaning refresher – a short course achievable in less than a week, reinvigorating the individual on the relevant drain cleaning unit of competency.  

While COVID-19 has restricted many industrial maintenance businesses from accessing the training they require, Asset Training has adapted its curriculum to help operators maintain their nationally accredited compliance standing remotely.

The Online Drain Cleaning Refresher course recognises the current restraints placed on businesses, providing a new level of accessibility through the online training course.

Drain cleaning operators are required to undergo verification of competency or refresher training at appropriate intervals not exceeding two years.

The Online Drain Cleaning Refresher course uses the MSMWJ302 system to assess the competency knowledge of the drain cleaning operator.

The operator is then practically assessed through document and video submissions, and if successful, is re-certified as competent to perform their responsibilities.

Refresher training is required by industry, and the training offered by Asset Training is nationally recognised, up to date, and of the highest quality.

The training comprises both theoretical and practical components and the theory includes five online quizzes with a pass/fail grading.

Each quiz is supported by a video lesson that students can view before submission, and students are given two attempts for each question.

There are two types of practical assessments: there are a series of site safety documents that must be submitted (some of these may be work documents that can be completed on the job), and videos must be taken demonstrating students carrying out practical tasks. These will need to be uploaded and reviewed by an Asset Training assessor.

A refresher has a two-year limit, and an allowance of two months is given for students to complete all assigned tasks.

Operators must submit all assigned tasks at least two weeks prior to their two-year refresher date to ensure a new Statement of Attainment can be issued in time.

Asset Training has dedicated time and resources to developing successful bridging courses and the organisation can provide experienced operators with the opportunity to upgrade their training to the next level.

Asset Training is now offering one-day bridging courses for those seeking to upgrade their High Pressure Water Jetting (HPWJ) qualifications, vacuum loading and drain cleaning skill sets as well.

Asset Training says it expects water utilities and pipeline maintenance companies, plumbers, and local councils will greatly benefit from the new level of accessibility offered by these courses.

For more information visit the Aqua Training website. 

WATCH: Pipe cracking on outfall sewer

The sewer works are being completed by local contractors Adept Civil Group and Harris Civil Pty Ltd, with the new bored sewer and upsized existing sewer via pipe cracking set to provide permanent outfall to the Hart Precinct development area.

SMEC Urban Renewal Melbourne Manager Scott Carne shared the video on social media, thanking Adept Civil Group Managing Director Anthony Panozzo for the video of Adept’s bore rig at work.

“SMEC Urban communities have delivered urban design, survey and civil engineering services for the Hart Precinct industrial development which will be another key precinct within the award-winning Essendon Fields development,” said Mr Carne.

Mr Panozzo added that it was a “great project to be a part of” and congratulated his team on the works. 

For more information visit the Adept Civil Group website.

If you have news you would like featured in Trenchless Australasia contact Assistant Editor Sophie Venz at svenz@gs-press.com.au

Submit your nominations for the ASTT Awards

The biennial awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of the Australasian trenchless industry.

The deadline for nominations is 1 July 2019.

Categories

The five categories for nomination are outlined below; nominees must be current members and member companies.

Rehabilitation Project of the Year

This award recognises innovation, advancements in technology, environmental benefits and occupational health and safety benefits in rehabilitation projects using trenchless technology.

Projects must have commenced and been completed between 1 October 2017 and 31 July 2019.

New Installation Project of the Year

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

Projects must have commenced and been completed between 1 October 2017 and 31 July 2019.

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

This award recognises the practical development of trenchless systems or equipment that result in benefits such as improved economy, accuracy, speed of drive or replacement, ability to overcome difficult installations, or similar.

ASTT Person of the Year

This award recognises an individual (aged 37 or over on 1 September 2019) who has made major and sustained contributions to the trenchless industry.

The successful applicant will have gone above and beyond the call of duty to grow, develop and promote the use of trenchless technology across Australasia and the world.

ASTT Young Person of the Year

This award recognises the important role younger members (aged 36 or under on 1 September 2019) of the Australasian trenchless community play in the growth of the industry by engaging with the industry and promoting trenchless technology, making significant contributions over the past two years.

Submissions must be no longer than 500 words and meet the criteria listed on the No-Dig Down Under website.

The awards will be presented at the ASTT Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Thursday 12 September.

Tickets to the event can be purchased here

For more information visit the No-Dig Down Under website.

If you have an event you would like featured in Trenchless Australasia contact Assistant Editor Chloe Jenkins to discuss promotional opportunities at cjenkins@gs-press.com.au

Deadline for updating directory listings extended

The directory is an invaluable print and online reference tool that lists companies involved in the industry in alphabetical order, as well as listing companies in groups according to the products and services they offer.

A basic listing in the directory is free and guaranteed for all ASTT members, as well as supporters of Trenchless Australasia magazine.

To enhance your listing, including the addition of a company logo and description, contact Great Southern Press Sales Manager Dave Marsh to discuss marketing opportunities at dmarsh@gs-press.com.au

How to update your listing

  • Click here to access your Great Southern Press ‘My account’ page
  • Enter your email address and password from last year; otherwise click ‘Forgot password’ to receive a new one via email
  • Select ‘Directory listings’ (to the left of the page) to access your company listing from 2018
    To the right of your company name, click on the eye icon to preview your listing or the pencil icon to edit your listing
  • Clicking the pencil will bring up an online form containing your company information, which can now be edited
  • Once you have made the changes, click ‘Submit’ and the listing will be directed to Great Southern Press for final review.

For more information contact Trenchless Australasia Head of Editorial Nick Lovering at nlovering@gs-press.com.au

Nominations open for ASTT Awards 2019

The awards are an opportunity to nominate projects, colleagues and peers, giving them the chance to be recognised on an international stage that highlights outstanding achievements to key stakeholders in the trenchless industry.

There are five categories available for ASTT members to submit nominations; all nominated companies and people must be current ASTT members.

Nominations will close on 1 July 2019 before the submissions are reviewed and the winners determined by ASTT.

Categories

Rehabilitation Project of the Year

Recognises innovation, advancements in technology, environmental benefits and occupational health and safety benefits in rehabilitation projects using trenchless technology.

New Installation Project of the Year

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

Should demonstrate the 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.

ASTT Person of the Year

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

ASTT Young Person of the Year

Recognises the important role that younger members of the Australasian trenchless community play in the growth of the industry. The recipient will be someone who is engaged with the industry and the promotion of trenchless technology, and has significantly contributed to the industry over the past two years.

Click here for detailed submission criteria.

ASTT Gala Dinner and Awards Evening

The awards will be presented at the ASTT Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Thursday 12 September, as part of the No-Dig Down Under 2019 Conference.

Click here to register for the conference and social functions.

For more information visit the No-Dig Down Under website.

If you have an event you would like featured in Trenchless Australasia contact Assistant Editor Chloe Jenkins to discuss promotional opportunities at cjenkins@gs-press.com.au

Last chance to submit your paper for No-Dig Down Under

The abstract submissions will close in less than 10 days, on 28 February 2019, but there is still time to submit your paper for inclusion in No-Dig Down Under’s world-class conference program.

Authors are invited to submit an abstract covering case studies, new and emerging technologies, challenging projects and environments, industry skills and training, risk management and more.

Submissions can be made in the following categories:

  • condition assessment
  • pipe rehabilitation (including pressure pipes)
  • design
  • cured-in-place pipe
  • spiral wound pipe
  • sliplining
  • spray lining
  • pipe bursting
  • grouting
  • installing new pipeline
  • horizontal directional drilling
  • microtunnelling
  • pipe jacking
  • pipe ramming
  • manholes, shafts, pits
  • bedding soil grouting/stabilisation
  • direct pipe.

Submissions must be made in electronic format using the online portal; not including the title or author details, it should outline in 200 words or less the aims, contents and conclusions of the paper.

Click here for detailed guidelines.

The Technical Committee will be assessing abstracts against the following criteria:

  • relevant to the theme of the conference, ‘Engaging beneath the surface’
  • relevant to current issues/challenges
  • presents new content or a fresh look at a specific topic
  • relevant to those working in the industry
  • content engages the audience
  • content has a clear benefit for delegates.

Click here to submit an abstract.

For more information visit the No-Dig Down Under website.

If you have an event you would like featured in Trenchless Australasia contact Assistant Editor Chloe Jenkins to discuss promotional opportunities at cjenkins@gs-press.com.au

No-Dig Down Under exhibition space selling fast

Coming to Melbourne on 10–13 September 2019, the biennial conference and exhibition promises to be an unmissable event.

The exhibition hall will once again feature world leading trenchless manufacturers, suppliers and service providers in what will be the largest gathering in the event’s history.

In addition, a theatre will also be positioned in the hall where educational presentations will be hosted.

Eager to participate in this leading industry event, members of the trenchless industry have been quick to secure their position in the hall, with 35 per cent of the available spaces already booked out.

To secure you exhibition space, or for more information on sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Dave Marsh on +61 3 9248 5122 or at dmarsh@gs-press.com.au

Conference

The theme of next year’s event will be ‘Engaging beneath the surface’, designed to represent the role the ASTT plays between the different stakeholders in Australasia’s no-dig community.

On 4 September, No-Dig Down Under opened Call for Papers for its world-class conference program, inviting authors to submit abstracts across 19 trenchless categories.

Abstract submissions must be made in electronic format using the online portal; it should outline in 200 words or less the aims, contents and conclusions of the paper, which does not include the title or author details.

Abstract submissions close 28 February 2019.

Click here to submit an abstract.

For more information visit the No-Dig Down Under website.

If you have an event you would like featured in Trenchless Australasia contact Assistant Editor Chloe Jenkins to discuss promotional opportunities at cjenkins@gs-press.com.au

WATCH: Interflow launches Harm 2 Zero campaign

Interflow is committed to continual and sustainable safety improvement and its new safety initiative ‘H2O’ is designed to increase awareness of personal and corporate responsibility to prevent harm to their people and the environment.

To achieve the H2O vision, the company recognises the importance of embedding safety in every decision as a non-negotiable practice, setting boundaries and empowering each team member to take the time to care for themselves and those affected by their work.

Furthermore, planning for projects is of paramount importance, teams are supervised and led by knowledgeable and reliable people to ensure Interflow can proactively manage its safety and environmental obligations.

For more information visit the Interflow website.

If you have news you would like featured in Trenchless Australasia contact Assistant Editor Chloe Jenkins at cjenkins@gs-press.com.au

Early bird registrations available for Trenchless Asia 2018

The registration discount will be available until 7 April 2018.

The 10th Trenchless Asia Exhibition and Conference is returning to Kuala Lumpur for the second time in 2018, and is supported by the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT), who will present a Conference Program designed to provide the international community with a forum for comprehensive and up-to-date discussions on Trenchless Technology.

In 2016 the event hosted more than 120 exhibitors and 1,200 visitors from Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand and Australasia.

Its popularity has seen the biennial event become an annual one in 2018.

A full registration comprises access to all conference sessions, refreshments and a buffet lunch, conference paper access, entrance to the exhibition and a certificate of attendance.

Click here to register for Trenchless Asia.

The event will provide local and international attendees – including engineers, contractors, consultants, utility personnel, government officers and researchers – with an opportunity to network and exchange information.

Local and international experts will lead in-depth discussions on many aspects of trenchless installation and repairs, including horizontal directional drilling, cured-in-place pipe, microtunnelling, pipe bursting and more.

For more information visit the Trenchless Asia website.

If you have an event you would like featured in Trenchless Australasia contact Editor Nick Lovering to discuss promotional opportunities at nlovering@gs-press.com.au

Images supplied by Trenchless Asia

ITS PipeTech: pipe bursting in Perth

In 2016, Western Australia’s Water Corporation embarked on a three-year program to improve the security and reliability of Perth’s water supply called Pipes for Perth. The utility identified a need to renew ageing cast iron pipe infrastructure, with some sections of Perth’s water main network now over 100 years old and showing signs of wear and tear.

Pipes for Perth was established to proactively replace these pipes to avoid future bursts and leaks. A range of methods are being used to replace and renew the vital assets, including the trenchless methods of sliplining and pipe bursting.

While traditional open cut excavation is often viewed as tried and tested, open excavation does come with the potential downsides of lengthy disruptions to stakeholders and construction programs, noise, dust and often significant issues excavating in congested underground service corridors. These activities can put other services at risk of disruption or result in costly rerouting of the new pipeline to avoid them.

Water Corporation and its contractors had to consider these challenges when they were faced with replacement of approximately 650 m of DN 200 and DN 100 cast iron water main, with 250 OD and 125 OD PE pipe, on Scarborough Beach Road and Hobart Street in the suburb of Mount Hawthorn, 5 km north of Perth’s CBD. The section of pipeline could not be sliplined as a critical requirement of the project was that they be upsized.

The situation was complicated further by the busy, narrow and picturesque streetscapes filled with local businesses, such as the iconic and historic Paddington Ale House, a popular watering hole for locals that is more than 80 years old. The underground service corridor was also congested, with no room for a new pipeline. Excavation would have also resulted in significant disruptions to businesses, residents and road users.

A view of the congested underground services.

As a result of the predicament, the principal contractor engaged pipeline rehabilitation specialists ITS PipeTech to design a solution that used the existing pipeline, without significant disruption to existing stakeholders and services. ITS proposed its well proven pipe bursting technology for the project.

First developed in the UK, pipe bursting has been used since the late 1970s and is now an internationally recognised and accepted trenchless pipeline replacement method. It minimises the need for excavation by reusing the existing pipeline, instead of removing and replacing.

Pipe bursting uses a bursting head that is winched from an entry to an exit pit, fracturing or splitting the existing pipe while it tows a new PE pipe of a similar or larger diameter into place. Compared with traditional excavation methods, pipe bursting uses a reduced site footprint and lessens the impact of construction on stakeholders, restoration and the environmental.

During the course of the project, ITS PipeTech was able to maintain water and traffic flows, ensuring no significant disruption to stakeholders. In addition, all other existing services were maintained without disruption.

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

For more information visit the ITS PipeTech website.

If you have a project you would like featured in Trenchless Australasia contact Managing Editor Nick Lovering at nlovering@gs-press.com.au