Bennett Trenchless Engineers will be presenting at the North American Society for Trenchless Technology’s Annual No Dig Conference at the Gaylord National Hotel in Washington, DC from April 9th to the 13th. On Sunday, April 9th, Matthew Wallin will be teaching the Introduction to New Installations Short Course, covering topics including horizontal directional drilling (HDD), auger boring, pilot tube, open-shield pipejacking, microtunneling, and earth pressure balance pipejacking. During the conference, Kate Wallin will be presenting a paper on the design details that can become pitfalls for small HDD projects, with application for other trenchless construction projects. On Wednesday and Thursday, David Bennett and Mary Neher will be instructors for the newly revised HDD Good Practices Short Course. The HDD course covers HDD projects from design through construction, and includes an in depth analysis of the design calculations required for analyzing risks of hydrofracture, pullback pipe stresses, and settlement.
Matthew Wallin will be teaching a portion of NASTT’s Introduction to Trenchless New Installation Course at the Rocky Mountain Regional NASTT Chapter’s Annual Trenchless Elevated Conference, Oct 5-6. The conference provides a venue to network with like-minded underground professionals, learn about the practical, social, environmental and cost-saving benefits of trenchless technology, and find trenchless exhibits showcasing new construction and rehabilitation products/services. The first day of the 2-day conference includes presentations from chapter members on various trenchless rehabilitation and new installation projects. On the second day, both the New Installations and Rehabilitation short courses are being offered.
Bennett Trenchless will be attending the 12th Annual Western Regional No-Dig Conference, Exhibition, and Short Course from October 17th to 18th at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. On Monday, October 17th, Mary Neher will be presenting a case study of a large diameter pipe ram installation of a storm culvert designed by Bennett Trenchless and constructed in 2015. The presentation will cover the project from design through construction. Matthew Wallin will also be attending the conference as a board member of WESTT and servicing as emcee for the event.
Bennett Trenchless is pleased to announce that Mary Neher has received the Trent Ralston Award for Young Trenchless Achievement. The annual award recognizes a young individual who has demonstrated excxellence in the early stages of his/her career and who has made a valuable contribution to the trenchless technology industry. Ms. Neher was chosen based on the strength of her numerous technical publications, her experience in trenchless design, and her participation as volunteer instructor for NASTT’s HDD Good Practices Course. Ms. Neher received her award at the No Dig 2016 Conference in Grapevine, Texas at the Gala Awards Dinner on March 22. Congratulations, Mary!
Ms. Wallin presented at the Northern California Pipe User’s Group (NorCal PUG) annual Sharing Technologies Seminar on February 18, 2016 at HS Lordship in Berkeley, CA. The presentation discussed a project Bennett Trenchless designed for HDD installation of twin siphons beneath the Tuolumne River in Modesto, CA. The twin 18-inch FPVCP siphons were each approximately 675-feet long and were constructed in the winter of 2014/2015 by Mozingo Inc. from Oakdale, CA and the HDD Company of Cameron Park, CA.
David Bennett and Mary Neher presented at the 2nd Annual HDD Academy on February 11 and 12 in Tempe, AZ. The two-day course included presentations from horizontal directional drilling experts on planning, design, and construction of HDD projects. Dr. Bennett discussed geotechnical site investigations and the impact of soil characteristics on HDD design, including evaluation of settlement risk. Ms. Neher discussed methods for evaluation of hydrofracture risk for HDD crossings, as well as methods for calculating pullback loads and pipe stresses during installation. The presentations were well received.
BTE is pleased to announce that Matthew Wallin was elected to the North American Society for Trenchless Technology’s (NASTT) Board of Directors. The NASTT Board of Directors directs the affairs of the Society, on behalf of NASTT and its membership. The Board is comprised of a minimum of sixteen and maximum of nineteen directors, who are elected by the Society’s members. Only elected Directors may serve as Officers of the Society and are appointed by the Board of Directors. Matthew attended his first board meeting in Atlanta before the Underground Construction Technology International Conference and Exhibition. Congratulations, Matt!
Bennett Trenchless is pleased to announce that we will be presenting three papers at NASTT’s annual No-Dig conference on March 20-24, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center. On the afternoon of March 21, we will present paper MA-T4-01 which discusses a challenging 108-inch pipe ram project on the Northern California Coast. Paper TM1-T2-02 will be presented the following morning which will describe an HDD installation of twin inverted siphons as part of the larger Trinity River Vision project for the City of Fort Worth. BTE will also present paper WM-T1-02 on the morning of March 23 which discusses the design and construction of 1,200-feet of 36-inch gas pipeline under a major Interstate using HDD.
In addition to the technical papers being presented during the conference, BTE staff will also be serve as volunteer instructors on NASTT training courses before and after the conference. On the morning of Sunday, March 20, BTE staff will serve as instructors for NASTT’s Trenchless Technology Short Course – New Construction. After the conference concludes on Wednesday, March 23 and Thursday March 24, BTE staff will serve as instructors for both NASTT’s HDD Good Practices Guidelines Course, and NASTT’s Pipe Bursting Good Practices Course.