Seeing the vast variety of products, networking and catching up with friends plays a powerful part in the Underground Construction Technology Conference & Exhibition (UCT) experience. So, too, does great education to support your business objectives. UCT delivers diverse educational sessions that are intensive, yet are timed to give you ample opportunity to visit Exhibit Hall A of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. The educational program runs Jan. 22-27 and the exhibit hall will be open Jan. 24-26.
We begin the week with the pre-UCT program. CUIRE’s Engineering and Inspector Training Schools will be held on Sunday, Jan. 22 and Monday, Jan. 23. Each school (six are being offered during UCT) qualifies for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) through the University of Texas at Arlington. A new addition to the pre-UCT line up is the Fundamental Engineering/Design of Rigid Pipes workshop that also will be held on Monday. Engineering concepts required to produce valid rehabilitation designs will be covered. NASSCO brings its series of rehabilitating underground utilities seminars, which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27. Attendees earn certification upon successful completion of NASSCO sessions. NASTT will once again offer Good Practices courses. The sessions are being taught on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The Staking University Locator Certification Seminar returns to UCT, offering an in-depth look at troubleshooting techniques and mastering locating equipment. Staking U’s seminar will be held on the last day of UCT, Thursday, Jan. 26.
These sessions require a separate registration; however, the bonus to each attendee is that the pre- and post- sessions include FREE registration to the full UCT educational program. There are several registration options available for attendees who wish to attend the UCT primary program only.
Registration opens this month; so, plan now to build a program or two into your schedule — it’s a smart thing to do!
Until next month,
Karen E. Francis
Keeping the Industry Educated
The most current market information around is available during the weeklong educational program.
UCT’s primary program runs Jan. 24-26 and qualifies for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) in conjunction with the University of Texas at Arlington. The 2011 UCT attendee survey showed 92% of attendees found the content informative and valuable.
Pre- and post-UCT program/workshops are Jan. 22-27. Many offer industry certification and all include free admittance to the full UCT program.
Presented by speakers who are leaders in their fields, these programs are UCT exclusives – many sessions are standing room only. The 2012 program features new tutorials, engaging panel discussions, interactive presentations, detailed case histories and a whole lot more.
Look at the educational line-up we’ve put together so far – you can find updates online at uctonline.com.
UCT Educational Program, Jan. 24-26
(subject to change)
TUTORIALS: INTRODUCTION TO SEWER & WATER REHAB TECHNOLOGIES
Ideal for the beginner or the more advanced professional, these always-popular tutorials are tailored to provide information and techniques from the detailed to specific about trenchless techniques used for the rehabilitation of sewer and water systems.
• Pipe Bursting: Static, Hydraulic, Splitting & Laterals
• Lateral Lining
• Pipe Renewal With Folded Pipe
• Grout-In-Place Lining
• Sectional Point Repairs: Modern Methods Make Repair Of Small Sections Of Pipe Effective Economical
• Internal Joints
• Controlling Root Infiltration
SEWER/WATER CONSTRUCTION/REHAB & NEW TECHNOLOGY
In these tracks, learn about the new technologies and methods for meeting the increased demands on sewer and water systems. This year, a special “how-to” sewer rehabilitation workshop will equip people for starting an I/I reduction program. The information will also provide valuable benchmarks for people who are actually conducting programs.
• Using Grout To Control Water Movement, Infiltration In Complex Projects
• City Of Indianapolis Deep Tunnel Storage System
• Structural Rehab & Bypass Chamber Construction For A Major Treatment Plant
• Is The Economy Dictating Your Rehab Strategy?
• Implementing A Major Project Designed To Maximize Gravity Flow Using Underground Construction Techniques
• Design Of Trenchless Rehab For The 96-Inch Diameter Elm Fork Interceptor
• Lessons Learned From Implementing A Sewer Rehab Program – Leveraging The Power Of GIS/CMMS Tools
• Laredo Project Eliminates Illegal Connections, Separates Combined Sewer
• Real World Test Protocols For Products Used In Infrastructure Rehabilitation
• Special Forum: Status Of Using Styrene Based Resins For CIPP
• Method Specifications Lead To Successful Sewer Grouting
• Geophysical Assessment Of Geophysical Data For Interceptor Evaluation
• Waller Creek Tunnel Project
• New Technologies For Sewer And Water Infrastructure
• Sewer Rehabilitation Strategy Workshop
• Find It/Fix It – The Sewer Rehabilitation Express
• Public-Private Partnership For A 32-Mile Sewer Provides Community Model
• Advanced Condition Assessment Of Large Diameter Sanitary Sewer Interceptor System In Fort Worth
• Rehabbing Storm Sewers In Contaminated Soils And Groundwater
• Advanced Techniques For Collection System Condition Assessment
• The Role Of Sanitary Sewer Preventative Maintenance In Establishing An Asset Management Program
• Massive Microtunneling/Tunneling In Provo
• Asset Management: Analyzing Pipe Repair Costs
• Ethics For Engineers (satisfies Texas annual engineering requirement)
• The Role Of Sanitary Sewer Preventative Maintenance In Establishing An Asset Management Program
CURED-IN-PLACE PIPE ADVANCES/DEVELOPMENTS
Technology advancements and refinements have dramatically expanded options and limitations of CIPP rehabilitation. Learn about these advances and some fascinating, “pushing-the-envelope” case studies.
• Advancements In UV Curing Light Train Technology – American Made, American Designed
• ASTM: Update On New Design Direction For Close-Fit Liner Systems
• Addressing Geographic Challenges Of CIPP Projects
• Advanced Remote Monitoring Of The CIPP Lining Process Using Underground Temperature Sensors
• Certified Installer, Value Added Training For CIPP Lining
• Micro-Zone Thermosensing Delivers Comprehensive Verification Of CIPP Liner Cure
• Retrospective Study Of In-Service CIPP Liners
• CIPP Application For Water Pipe
PIPE BURSTING: VIEW FROM THE FIELD
For a real worldview of pipe bursting and its applications from experts in the field, attend this program track presented by the International Pipe Bursting Association, a division of NASSCO.
• IPBA And Industry Benefits
• Pipe Bursting Basics
• Pipe Bursting Myths
• Challenges And Solutions Of Large Diameter Projects
• Lessons Learned In Replacement Of 50 VCT Sewer Mains By City Crews
• Small Diameter “Micro” Pipe Bursting
• Addressing Social And Environmental Impact In Madison, WI
• Consolidated Mutual Water Company Continues With Pipe Bursting Rehabilitation Program For Distribution Mains
• Update: Asbestos Cement Pipe Enforcement Activities
• Risk Management For Contractors
• Cost Analysis Of Pipe Bursting Compared To Other Technologies
• Cost Savings Associated With Lateral Pipe Bursting Technologies
• Ask The Experts
COATINGS & LININGS FOR WASTEWATER STRUCTURES
The role of coatings and linings in rehabilitation and preventative care continues to expand and become more sophisticated. This program track will address the use of modern coatings and linings for both manholes (from basic to complex) and related structures.
• Coatings & Linings For Wastewater And Water Structures
• Concrete Rehabilitation & The Importance Of Proper Surface Preparation: Getting It Right The First Time!
• Lower Costs, Not Your Expectations: Use Dry Microsilica Powder To Increase Resistance Of Concrete, Brick Structures
• Can I Afford To Use That? Total Job Cost Analysis To Evaluate New Products, Technologies
• How To Prevent I/I In The Manhole Chimney Area
• Coatings & Linings: The Secret To Successful Installation
• Ask The Experts
WATERWORKS 2012: Can We Afford It?
WaterWorks 2012 is the premier forum where water professionals meet to exchange ideas and gain greater insight into current economic conditions and challenges being faced by cities and counties across the country.
The message at WaterWorks 2011 was about getting attendees to “Face the Reality” that water is the “blue oil” of the 21st century. We asked, “Would the quantities of water needed even be available at any cost?”
In 2012, we know that water will be available, maybe just not from a traditional source. The question now is, “What is the cost and can we afford it?” These answers and more will be explored during WaterWorks 2012.
• Water Conservation, Water Loss And The Impacts Of Drought
• How Will States Finance Future Water Infrastructure – Federal, State And Local Roles
• Facing The Challenges For Houston’s Water And Wastewater Systems
• Recent Survey Of Water Pipeline Failures In North America
• Innovative Structural Trenchless Rehabilitation of 6″-60″ Water Mains
• Water Supply Issues In Montgomery County, TX
• A Sustainable, Holistic Approach To Assessment And Rehabilitation Of RCP & PCCP Assets
• Condition Assessment Of Water Pipelines Using Multiple Inspection Tools
• Completing Arizona’s First Potable CIPP Water Project
• Relocating Two Water Lines Under Galveston Bay – Pilot Tube Microtunnel, Slurry Bore, Directional Drill? What the Heck, We’ll Use All Three
• East St. Louis Treatment Plant Backwash Line Rehab
• How To Design Against Long Running Cracks In Plastic Pipes For Water Applications
TRENCHLESS TECHNICAL SYMPOSIUM
Interact with industry professionals during this series of “real world” presentations that feature studies and information, and their value, to the trenchless market. Also, learn about trenchless advancements from the North American Society for Trenchless Technology in a special forum.
• Performance Of Structural Liner At The Location Of Ring Fracture
• Multi-Segment Evaluation For Selecting Underground Utility Construction Methods
• Field Monitoring Of Pilot Tube Microtunneling Installations
• NASTT Forum: Advancement In Trenchless Technology
HDD: OPERATIONS & PROFITABILITY
The emphasis of this in-depth track is to help you effectively conduct horizontal directional drilling operations and maximize profitability. Also, interesting and informative case studies will be presented.
• Drilling For Profit
• Utilizing Drilling Fluids In Environmentally Sensitive Areas
(Presented by the Distribution Contractors Association)
• Addressing Geothermal Drilling Problems
• Bringing A Knife To A Gunfight And Winning: Completing Larger HDD Projects With Mini To Mid-Size Drills
• Competitive Bidding Of Fused Pipe Materials And HDD Minimizes Disruption And Cost
• Preventing Drill Pipe And Downhole Tool Failures
• Advances In HDD Intersects
• California Water Utility Jumps Hurdles With Deep-Bore
• HDD Techniques, Restrained-Joint PVC Pipe
• The Birkdale ‘B’ Project: 3,420’ At-Grade In New Zealand
• Managing HDD Legal Risks, Disputes Due To Subsurface Conditions
DAMAGE PREVENTION & SAFETY CONFERENCE
In today’s construction environment, the emphasis on damage prevention and safety is intense, and still growing. This series of presentations will concentrate on the utility contractors’ perspective, particularly risks, outcomes and topics directly influencing contractors. A special one-day locator-training program will be offered as a separate program on Jan. 26.
• 2012 Regulatory & Enforcement Update
• Going Beyond One-Call To Reduce Or Prevent Utility Damages
• Emergency Procedures When A Gas Line Is Hit
• Investigating An Accident – A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
• What To Do When Locates Don’t Go As Expected
• Efforts To Prevent Cross Bores Making Progress
• Understanding Proper Tracing Selection To Providing A More Complete Locating System
• State Creates Unique Locator Certification Program
• Eliminating Line Strikes: Policy And Procedure
• Trends In Excavation/Trench Safety
UNDERGROUND UTILITIES CONSTRUCTION
Explore new technologies on issues important to the utility industry.
• Effectively Managing Your Equipment Assets
• Emergency Trenchless Culvert Installation Under Railways With Pipe Ramming
• Case Studies Using The Direct Pipe Method
• Quick-Cut Pipe Solutions
• 3-Day Super $aver rate is $350 ($50 each additional attendee from the same company/organization). Register Jan. 2-26, rate will be $495 ($75 each add’l attendee from the same company/organization).
• Daily Super $aver rate is $195 ($50 each additional attendee from the same company). Register Jan. 2-26, rate will be $275 ($75 each add’l attendee from the same company/organization).
• Per Session rate is $50. If you can’t fit the entire program into your schedule, you may take “a la carte” sessions – 4 sessions maximum.
• Exhibit Hall Only rate is $10. Register Jan. 2-26, rate will be $20.
Pre/Post UCT Training Programs, Jan. 22-27
Take advantage of even more educational opportunities by attending specialty programs that are offered in conjunction with the regular UCT program. Many courses offer industry certification. Take a look at the additional course offerings brought to you by the leader in education – UCT!
Sessions Bonus! UCT full conference admittance.
CUIRE Training Schools
The Center for Underground Infrastructure Research & Education (CUIRE) will offer its 9th Annual Engineering and Inspector Training and Certification Schools.
The schools are designed specifically for personnel in the underground utilities construction and rehabilitation industry such as public officials, engineers, utility company personnel, designers, utility owners/operators and contractors who are involved with constructing, renewing and managing utilities. Course instructors will be notable experts from around the industry.
Each school qualifies for CEUs and PDHs through the University of Texas at Arlington. For more information regarding the courses, contact Abhay Jain at CUIRE at (817) 272-9177 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Jan. 22
8 am-5 pm
• Mud School for Trenchless Technology Methods (includes drilling mud properties, mixing, and pumping for successful HDD and pipe jacking/microtunneling operations)
This school will provide attendees everything they need to know to properly mix and apply drilling fluids for trenchless applications, including spoil removal and lubrication applications. HDD School is recommended to in conjunction with this course.
• Pipe School (includes comparison, planning, design and construction issues, properties, manufacturing, jointing, repairs and tapping, and benefits and limitations of each pipe material used in transmission and distribution of water, wastewater, gas and oil)
This school presents applications, advantages and limitations of each type of pipe, such as ductile iron, concrete, vitrified clay, PVC, HDPE, polymer concrete, bar-wrapped pipe, pre- stressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP), fiberglass, etc. and new development in pipe materials and jointing systems. Either Pipe Jacking School or Pipe Lining and Replacement School is recommended in conjunction with this course.
• Geotechnical School (includes surface and subsurface investigation requirements for trenchless and open-cut methods)
This school presents geotechnical requirements for both trenchless and open-cut applications. All methods of subsurface explorations, both in the office/lab and in the field, such as utility locating, subsurface utility engineering (SUE), geophysical and geological methods and soil boring and laboratory testing will be discussed. Taking Pipe Jacking or HDD School is recommended in conjunction with this school.
Monday, Jan. 23
8 am-5 pm
• Advanced HDD School (includes planning, design and inspection methods)
This school provides attendees everything they need to know regarding engineering, planning, design, pipe loads and rig setup plus inspection and quality control for an HDD project from inception to completion. Both maxi, midi and mini HDD projects will be discussed. Taking Mud School is recommended in conjunction with this course.
• Pipe Lining and Replacement School (includes trenchless renewal and pipe bursting/removal methods)
This school will provide essential information about rehabilitation and renewal/replacement of old and deteriorating pipelines using trenchless technology methods, including CIPP, spray-on linings, pipe bursting, sliplining, modified sliplining and close-fit pipe. Design, construction, inspection and QA/QC methods will be discussed. New applications, such as use of carbon fibers, also will be presented. Taking Pipe School is recommended in conjunction with this course.
• Pipe Jacking and Microtunneling School (includes bore and jack, box culvert, ramming methods)
This school provides details regarding conventional pipe jacking, as well as microtunneling, horizontal auger boring, pipe ramming and culvert applications. Taking Pipe School or Geotechnical School is recommended in conjunction with this course.
*Early registration and multiple attendee discounts apply. Rates are per person; must be from the same organization to qualify.
Register by Nov. 1, these rates apply:
1 person, 1 school: $396 1 person, 2 schools: $636
2 people*, 1 school: $356 2 people*, 2 schools: $572
3 or more*, 1 school: $404 3 or more*, 2 schools: $541
Register by Dec. 1, these rates apply:
1 person, 1 school: $445 1 person, 2 schools: $715
2 people*, 1 school: $401 2 people*, 2 schools: $644
3 or more*, 1 school: $379 3 or more*, 2 schools: $667
Register Dec. 2-Jan. 23, these rates apply:
1 person, 1 school: $495 1 person, 2 schools: $795
2 people*, 1 school: $445 2 people*, 2 schools: $715
3 or more*, 1 school: $421 3 or more*, 2 schools: $676
NOTE: Attendance is limited for each class – register early and save.
Fundamental Engineering Approach To Structural Rehabilitation Design Of Rigid Pipes
Monday, Jan. 23
8 am-5 pm
This 8-hour workshop will present the essential engineering concepts required to produce valid structural rehabilitation designs for rigid pipes (i.e., increased structural capacity of the deteriorated host pipe). These concepts include engineering models of buried structures, soil load estimation and stress/strain analysis of the loaded structure.
This design process will be compared to current design methods such as ASTM F1216 and WRc. The discussion will focus on gravity flow sewer pipes but will be extended to internal pressure pipes as well. Appropriate technical references will be identified. This course includes CEU/PDH credits. George McAlpine, PhD, provides instruction. For more information, contact McAlpine at (919) 467-4260 or Email email@example.com.
The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) formed in 1976, sets the industry standards for the rehabilitation of underground utilities through education, technical resources and industry advocacy. To learn more, visit nassco.org, call (410) 486-3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 24
PACP Trainer Course (Certification & Recertification)
8 am-5 pm
Cost: $775 (certification) or $275 (recertification)
Limited to 4 attendees
Designed for current PACP trainers who need to be recertified and PACP users who would like to become trainers, this session will ensure the candidate is able to correctly arrange for, conduct and complete PACP classes, and is knowledgeable in all areas of PACP. Registration for this course is subject to NASSCO approval. Submit your application, resume and a letter stating why you would like to be certified or recertified to: email@example.com or fax to (410) 486-6838.
Thursday, Jan. 26-Friday, Jan. 27
Pipeline Assessment & Certification Program (PACP)
8 am-5 pm
Limited to 20 attendees
The PACP class will provide two days of comprehensive training resulting in certification upon successful completion. The program will demonstrate to municipalities, engineers and contractors the benefits and impact of PACP, which provides standardization for the inspection industry. The PACP will also provide standards for data exchange format, map symbology and certification of TV inspection software.
In addition to the use of PACP codes, the course will provide a review of the history of defect coding and asset management worldwide, discussion of technical issues that affect the rate of pipeline deterioration, instructions on implementation of the PACP sewer pipeline grading system and a written certification examination.
CIPP Inspector Training & Certification Program
8 am-5 pm
Cost: $995 NASSCO members; $1,095 non-members
Limited to 30 attendees
This course is designed for construction inspectors, consulting engineers and municipal engineers who are onsite inspecting a cured-in-place pipeline project and all who need a comprehensive understanding of the CIPP renewal technology. The course will cover specific areas of expertise that are needed to ensure that a project is built correctly and meets the requirements of the contract documents.
The two-day training course includes existing pipe conditions and how they affect CIPP installations; overview of CIPP technology; field I installation of CIPP; writing and understanding performance specifications for CIPP; and other pipeline renewal technologies and applications. Also included are sample forms that can be used as the basis for recording information on the project site. The forms will have specific quality assurance/quality control requirements for each technology, the inspection procedures required and the information that needs to be documented for a complete inspection record. Each student, upon passing an open book exam, will receive a certificate of completion.
NASTT Good Practices Courses
The North American Society for Trenchless Technology, founded in 1990, is a not-for-profit, educational and technical society that is dedicated to promoting the benefits of trenchless technology for public awareness through education, training and research. The registration fee for each course is $495 for the first person from the company/organization and $425 for each additional individual from the same company/organization. For more information, visit nastt.org, contact Angela Ghosh at (330) 491-0058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 26
8 am-5 pm
HDD Consortium Horizontal Directional Drilling
The HDD Good Practices Guidelines course provides an in-depth overview of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and covers eight topics: (1) HDD applications and processes, (2) HDD tooling, (3) bore tracking and equipments, (4) job site safety, (5) overview of drilling fluids, (6) HDD design, (7) bore planning, and (8) risk reduction, mitigation and troubleshooting.
The course is based on the HDD Good Practices Guidelines Manual, an industry-developed document which provides contractors, engineers and owners with a set of guidelines to assist in successful HDD installations and operations. Each course participant will receive a complimentary copy.
The CIPP course is geared to provide an in-depth overview of wastewater mainline and lateral pipe rehabilitation using CIPP from planning and design to job completion. Topics include CIPP Definition, Description, Background & Methods; CIPP Application Range in Trenchless Rehabilitation; Design of CIPP for Gravity Applications; Design of CIPP for Pressure Applications; Construction & Installation; Specifications & Tendering; and Inspection & QA/QC.
Staking University’s Locator Certification Seminar
Staking University is an adult education locator-training program featuring a hands-on delivery format. Instructors with over 100 years of combined practical experience teach these classes. Staking University’s training does not focus on locating one type of utility. For details on Staking University, contact Mike Parilac at email@example.com or call (815) 468-7814.
Thursday, Jan. 26
8:30 am-4 pm
The Locator Certification Seminar focuses on the underlying principles of utility locating, as well as the importance of performing accurate locates. This seminar will aid underground construction personnel in developing the skills to consistently supply accurate and complete utility location information and learn superior troubleshooting techniques, master locating equipment and get the skills required to pass Staking U’s locator certification test.
Monday, Jan. 23
Registration 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Jan. 24
Registration 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Education 8:30 am – 11: 30 am
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Exhibits 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, Jan. 25
Registration 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Education 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Exhibits 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
(Hilton Palacio del Rio hotel) 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Thursday, Jan. 26
Registration 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Education 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Exhibits 9:30 am – Noon
Historical Sewer Pipe Exhibit On Display
Another UCT exclusive is the very popular RehabZone®. The ’Zone is an interactive “educational forum” displaying the history of the pipeline infrastructure and features current technologies available in the trenchless rehabilitation industry. This show-within-a-show is located in a special section of the UCT exhibit hall. Attendees can walk through the historic sewer and pipe artifacts exhibit and the interactive displays to gain an understanding of the generic technologies used in sewer rehabilitation. While the ’Zone has been a part of UCT for the past 10 years, the content and attractions are always evolving.
Features include trenchless rehabilitation and installation techniques, innovative technologies and live demonstrations by technology providers. Open during UCT exhibit hours, attendees are welcome to peruse the exhibits and watch the live technology demonstrations.
RehabZone is sponsored by NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) in cooperation with the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Trenchless Installation of Pipelines and Pipeline Infrastructure Systems technical committee, the Water Environment Federation’s Collection System Committee and Underground Construction magazine. Sponsorships and the opportunity to perform live demonstrations are open to UCT exhibitors only. For details, contact Dorcas Hermes, 2012 RehabZone chairperson, at Dorcas@wbedorcas.com.
It’s Anything But Par For UCTA Golf Tournament
Join your colleagues and friends at the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) Gulf Coast Chapter’s Scholarship Golf Tournament to be held Monday, Jan. 23, the day before UCT kicks off. All proceeds fund the UCTA’s college scholarship program.
Players will enjoy the links at the Quarry Golf Club. Famous for supplying the cement for the state capitol of Texas, the original rock quarry closed down in 1983 after nearly one 100 years of operation. And one tradition simply paved way for another. The Quarry Golf Club opened in 1993 after an award-winning design by Keith Foster and careful chiseling of stone gave birth to a course that has been unmatched ever since.
Become a sponsor:
• Platinum ($1,200 includes dinner, hole, foursome)
• Gold ($800 includes lunch, hole)
• Patron ($500 includes beverage, hole)
• Hole ($259)
Registration fees are $125 per person or $500 per team and include lunch, dinner and beverages. Mulligans can be purchased at no limit for $5. The tournament is limited to the first 144 players.
The deadline for sponsorship and golf registration is Jan. 18, 2012. For more details, contact Kirk Eager at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, contact Nerrisa Lawford at email@example.com.
About San Antonio, the Host City
San Antonio, also known as “The Alamo City,” is the seventh largest city in the U.S. and one of the most visited destinations in Texas. San Antonio offers a blend of charm, vibrancy and color that has just about any attraction or activity you could want from historical sites and authentic culture to pro sports and modern theme parks. The city’s central location makes it a convenient destination from both the East and West coasts; and a newly renovated international airport, only eight miles from downtown, makes access even easier.
Getting around San Antonio is a breeze. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is directly across the street from UCT’s headquarters hotel, the Hilton Palacios del Rio, and is two blocks from the overflow hotel, the historic Menger.
What to See and Do
Travel and Leisure named San Antonio one of America’s favorite cities. San Antonio has some of the state’s most visited attractions and festivals: The Alamo; The River Walk featuring cobbled walkways, bridges, cafés, shops, restaurants and bars along the river’s edge; SeaWorld® San Antonio; Six Flags® Fiesta Texas®; San Antonio Zoo; and Fiesta San Antonio (an annual festival with origins dating back to the late 19th century).
• Restaurants: Cultural cuisines collide in this great city. Choose from American, Asian, BBQ, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, Seafood, Tex Mex and everything in between. Dine on the River Walk or find a local eatery as you stroll the city.
• Golf: More than 40 public and private golf courses abound in this city. Tapatio Springs Golf Resort has ranked as a Texas top ten spot for over a decade. Toughest golf shot: Pecan Valley Golf Course, No. 18, Par 4, 18 yards.
• Shopping: San Antonio boasts miles of outlets, malls, galleries and Mexican markets — El Mercado shopping district is the largest Mexican market outside Mexico. The nearby San Marcos Outlet Mall was ranked third best shopping mall in the world by ABC’s “The View.”
Where to Stay
Discounted hotel rates have been contracted directly with the Hilton Palacio del Rio (the headquarters hotel) and the historic Menger hotel (the over flow hotel). UCT does not use travel providers and therefore cannot guarantee their legitimacy.
Hilton Palacio del Rio
200 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
UCT’s headquarters hotel is located directly across the street from Exhibit Hall A of the convention center. The hotel is currently undergoing a complete renovation, but by the time we arrive, the guestrooms will be transformed – flat screen TV, new carpeting, bed/bedding, updated bathrooms, and more. All guest rooms have private balconies, coffee makers, etc. Amenities at this property include Ibiza Patio Restaurant and Bar, Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar and Durty Nelly’s Irish Bar. The hotel also features a business center, fitness center, swimming pool and an ATM.
The room rate for Singles/Doubles: $179 (+ tax). Room block expires Jan. 6, 2012.
Parking is one block from the hotel on floors 7, 8 and 9 of the Riverbend Parking Garage. Self-parking is $22 per day and Valet is $35.50 (rates subject to change).
To reserve your room, visit the travel page at uctonline.com or phone the hotel at 1-800-HILTONS and ask for OPCTI or UCT rate.
The Menger Hotel
204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
UCT’s overflow hotel, is located two blocks from the convention center. Views include The Alamo, Alamo Plaza, the tropical courtyard garden or swimming pool. Amenities at this property include the legendary Menger Bar, a heated outdoor pool and the Alamo Plaza Spa.
The room rate is $139 (+ tax). Room block expires Jan. 6, 2012.
To reserve your room, phone the hotel at 1-800-345-9285 or 1-210-223-4361 and ask for the Oildom Publishing/UCT rate.