Chris Frangos, ASTT President.
I’d like to start with a very big thank you to everyone who made this year’s No-Dig Down Under a great event, when it took place on the Gold Coast in September.
I would especially like to single out the fantastic support we received from our major sponsors Vermeer, Ditch Witch, Interflow, Empire Infrastructure and Pezzimenti Tunnelbore, as well as the event’s international guests, speakers, delegates, visitors and organisers.
The continued support of the event is greatly appreciated and ultimately provided all of the ingredients that yet again created another terrific showcase of the best our industry has to offer. Preparations for the next No-Dig Down Under are already underway and we look forward to once again celebrating all that Trenchless Technology has to offer when the event comes to Melbourne in 2019.
To ensure future conferences and trade exhibitions continue to provide value to the entire industry, the ASTT is seeking feedback on this year’s event and more broadly on how the association can improve the value of No-Dig Down Under to all its members, and improve engagement with asset owners and contractors. During this period of reflection, I encourage everyone who has not done so, to take a few moments to provide feedback and any ideas they may have to improve all aspects of our flagship event.
I am confident that collectively we will be able to continue to improve and grow, to reflect the growth of the industry in Australasia. To read the No-Dig Down Under post event overview and about the ASTT Award winners, turn to page 22.
The ASTT Technical Forums have now been completed for 2017, a year which saw the addition of events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, which were a resounding success and greatly supported by the industry in New Zealand. While in Sydney and Melbourne, the forums were once again well attended.
The forums provide a vehicle, at a local level, to promote trenchless achievements and facilitate networking and information sharing. Momentum is building as more and more people hear about the forums; however, there is more work to be done to improve attendance numbers.
We are confident that attendances will improve in 2018 and trenchless forums will continue to grow to be a staple of the industry.
As we approach the festive season, it is common in the industry, to rush to finish projects before the holidays. I would like to remind everyone at this time of year how important it is to remain vigilant during this period and increase the focus on safety.
Finally, I would like to extend to season’s greetings and wish a happy and prosperous new year to all members of the industry!