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Exploring trenchless technology and expanding the design-build approach
Stephanie Hildebrandt

This spring, civil engineers have the opportunity to attend three conferences beneficial to their careers. The first, held March 27-31 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, D.C., is the North American Society of Trenchless Technology’s (NASTT) No-Dig Show. The second two conferences both relate to the design-build project delivery system. The Design-Build in Transportation Conference will be held March 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo.; the Design-Build in Water/Wastewater Conference will be held March 30-April 1 in the same location.

NASTT No-Dig Show
This annual event draws trenchless professionals from around the globe for exhibits, educational seminars, and networking events. This year, more than 100 exhibitors will fill the 73,000-square-foot exhibit hall, answering attendees’ questions and displaying the latest in trenchless equipment and technology.

In addition to the exhibit hall, the No-Dig technical paper program focuses on a diverse range of trenchless topics including horizontal directional drilling, cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), microtunneling, inspection, case histories, asset management, pipe jacking and ramming, water and sewer rehabilitation, project planning, inspection, and trenchless research. The No-Dig papers are presented in a five-track schedule and are grouped mostly by subject matter so attendees can choose to attend five paper presentations at any given time. Pre- and post-conference seminars also are on the schedule for attendees at an additional cost.

The No-Dig Show also fosters many networking opportunities for attendees. The conference gets under way with its annual Kick-off Breakfast on Monday, March 28. During this event, the formal presentation of the 2011 Trenchless Technology Person of the Year and the 2010 Outstanding Papers in Rehabilitation and New Installation Awards will be announced. Entertainment for this event will be comedian Greg Schwem, whose focus is on today’s corporate environment. Also on March 28, NASTT will hold its 10th annual Educational Fund Auction and Reception. This event is the perfect opportunity for attendees to mingle and bid on items for an excellent cause: the Educational Fund, which supports student chapters, target research, training modules, and other student activities.

On Tuesday, March 29, NASTT will host its annual Gala Awards Dinner. During this event, the trenchless community gathers for a night of fun, food, and dancing to live entertainment. At this event, the winners, runners up, and honorable mentions for the 2010 Trenchless Technology Projects of the Year for Rehabilitation and New Installation will be recognized formally. To close out the 2011 No-Dig event is the annual Closing Luncheon and Awards on Wednesday, March 30. Here, attendees can enjoy lunch, entertainment, and say goodbye to their fellow trenchless professionals before heading home.

For more information, visit www.nodigshow.com or contact Benjamin Media, show management, at 330-467-7588.

Design-Build in Transportation Conference
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is hosting its annual Design-Build in Transportation Conference, inviting transportation planners, economic development professionals, state agency representatives, contractors, and other stakeholders from around the country representing railroads, ports, airports, highways, bridges, or roads.

By participating in the full conference, attendees can earn as many as 15 hours of continuing education units (CEUs). One of four educational feature presentations comes from Susan Martinovich, P.E., director of the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and 2011 American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) president. In her role as director of the NDOT, Martinovich oversees an annual operating budget of more than $800 million, 5,400 highway miles, and more than 1,750 employees. In this session, she will discuss the significance of federal transportation funding and AASHTO’s efforts to obtain legislation in 2011.

After Martinovich’s presentation, attendees will have the chance to attend concurrent sessions from the following four tracks: Owners Perspective, Lessons Learned, Emerging Innovation, and Contracts & Finance. Following is a sampling of sessions at the event:

  • DBIA Best Practices (Owners Perspective)
  • Case Study and Lessons Learned on the kcICON Design-Build Project (Lessons Learned)
  • Public-Private Partnerships: Learn-ing from Alberta (Emerging Innovation)
  • Denver Eagle P3 Project: P3 Success Story (Contracts & Finance)

To see the program guide with a full list of sessions, visit http://bit.ly/fCYObn.

During the conference, owner organizations and individuals in the transportation field will be awarded for making significant contributions to advancing design-build awareness and understanding. Owner organizations — public or private owner organizations in the field of transportation that have utilized design-build as one of their project delivery methods — will be honored with the 2011 DBIA Transportation Owner of the Year Award, while individuals — owners or practitioners who have used design-build as one of their project delivery methods — will receive the 2011 DBIA Transportation Leadership Award.

Another conference event for owners takes place on March 28. The Owners Forum & Boot Camp enables face-to-face networking with owners experienced in all methods of project delivery. Plus, DBIA is currently accepting applications for complimentary registration and travel funds to the conference from its owner education and travel funds. The goal of these funds is to advance the awareness, understanding, and use of design-build as a project delivery method by owners. Any owner — public or private — of construction projects is eligible, as long as they are considering, or interested in considering, the use of design-build as a project delivery method or have utilized this project delivery method in the past. The application deadline is Feb. 18, 2011.

For more information, visit www.dbia.org/conferences/transportation.

Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference
At DBIA’s Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to earn as many as 14.5 hours of CEUs. The event’s opening keynote comes from Robert Glennon, Ph.D., author and professor of law and public policy at the University of Arizona. Glennon authored the books, “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It,” and “Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters.” He is the recipient of two National Science Foundation grants and serves as Water Policy Advisor to Pima County, Ariz., and as a member of American Rivers’ Science and Technical Advisory Committee.

The closing general session on April 1 features Michael C. Loulakis, Esq., DBIA, president and CEO of Capital Project Strategies LLC, which provides strategic procurement, contracting, and risk management advice to clients developing and constructing capital projects. As an engineer and attorney, Loulakis has experience with transportation and water projects delivered through design-build and public-private partnership processes. He currently is employed by the Southern Nevada Water Authority as an advisor on procurement and contracting for the Lake Mead tunnel project.

A joint presentation between the Design-Build in Transportation Conference and the Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference will take place on the last day of the Design-Build in Transportation Conference and the first day of the Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference — March 30. This session comes from “Money Man” Chris Butler, as he’s known in Kansas City. Butler will take a detailed look at what drives national and global business and make some projections for the coming two years, according to DBIA.

Similar to DBIA’s Design-Build in Transportation Conference, the Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference features the Owners Forum & Boot Camp on March 30. Likewise, the conference features concurrent sessions from the following four tracks: Legal & Finance, Lessons Learned, Design-Build How To, and Innovation & Future Trends. A sampling of sessions at the event includes:

  • What’s New with DBIA Contract Documents? (Legal & Finance)
  • Integrated Delivery for Water Reclamation in the Desert (Lessons Learned)
  • Team Chemistry Behind Enhanced Collaboration (Design-Build How To)
  • What’s So Progressive About Progressive Design-Build? (Innovation & Future Trends)

To see the program guide with a full list of sessions, visit http://bit.ly/fCYObn.

For more information, visit www.dbia.org/conferences/waterww.


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