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Trenchless Australasia

September 2017

From the President’s desk

Chris Frangos, ASTT President.

At the midpoint of the year, those of us in the lower half of Australasia are struggling through miserable weather and colds. As I was completing my research for this report, I thought of adding a nice motivational quote to cheer us all up to get through the winter.

Unfortunately, half-time speeches are dominated by fairly obvious sports clichés like: “Don’t give up at half-time. Concentrate on winning the second half” – Coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant. Not particularly helpful in this context.

I also came across the following quote and felt it particularly relevant to much of the work we do in our industry day-to-day: “Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible; that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead” – Roger Bannister, after becoming the first person to break the four-minute mile in 1952.

Every edition of Trenchless Australasia reports on innovations and incremental improvements in existing technologies and it is only in hindsight that we realise just how far we have come. What was once seen as unattainable is now routine.

As we move into the second half of the year, I am excited by the events ahead of us.

ASTT Technical Forums in Victoria, New South Wales, New Zealand and Queensland will have been held by now with varying levels of participation. These are excellent local initiatives and I encourage all of you to continue your support of the forums as a great way to stay in touch.

Preparations for the 12th No-Dig Down Under are almost complete. The event will be held on the Gold Coast on 12-15 September. With three training courses on offer, a full conference program, a sold-out exhibition hall and great social functions, the stage is set for another memorable event.

Visit the website to register today: www.nodigdownunder.com

For further information on the event, turn to page 18. I look forward to seeing you all at the Gold Coast in September!

The increase in infrastructure spending across most of the country and the commencement of several high-profile projects, has resulted in a positive outlook across the trenchless community.

In times of expansion, it is important that we maintain our focus on training and safety. At risk of stating the obvious, high levels of quality and safety enhance the reputation of the entire industry and build confidence across the board.

I’m sure you will all enjoy another full and informative edition of our magazine as we head towards our next milestone!

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