August 2013, Vol. 68 No. 8


WESTT No-Dig Says Aloha To Hawaii

Traci Read, Managing Editor

Are you looking for a one-stop place to learn about the latest technical information to ensure your trenchless construction job will be successful? The 9th Annual Western Regional No-Dig Conference & Exhibition offers that and more at this must-attend event to be held from Oct. 28-29 at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, HI.

The Western Society for Trenchless Technology (WESTT), along with media partner Underground Construction magazine, are sponsoring the regional conference, which is designed to provide all the benefits of a national conference in a smaller format.

Registration for the first day of the conference includes an informative technical program and product exhibition area. Experts in the field will cover such topics as:
• An Innovative Trenchless Technology: Mutual Tugging Method
• Emergency Replacement of Effluent Outfall Pipeline in 101 Days
• City of Sacramento’s Use of Trenchless Rehabilitation with Sliplining
• Pilot Tube Guided Boring for Space Constrained Construction
• Los Angeles County Prioritization of Sewer Rehabilitation Projects
• Microtunneling through Abrasive Soil with Cobbles and Boulders: Construction of the Santa Ana River Interceptor (SARI) Relocation
• A Cost Saving Core Strategy for Reconnecting Service Laterals after Trenchless Rehabilitation
• Expanding NASSCO’s PACP 5 Rating to Triage Concrete Sewer Interceptor Pipe for Rehabilitation
• Pearl City Forcemain Emergency Repair uses Sliplining Installation Methodology
• Construction of the Aptos Transmission Main Relocation Project

On the second day of the conference, two 8-hour NASTT Good Practices Courses will be offered: Pipe Bursting and New Installation Methods. Attendees may participate in either or both days of the conference while earning valuable Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Planning your trip
Home to the state capitol, Honolulu (which in the Hawaiian language means “sheltered bay” or “place of shelter”) is the vibrant epicenter of Hawaii. The majority of Oahu’s population resides in this sprawling city that spreads throughout the southeastern shores of Oahu, from Pearl Harbor to Makapuu Point, encompassing the world famous Waikiki.

Honolulu is a major financial center of the islands and of the Pacific Ocean. The population of Honolulu was 390,738 at the 2010 census, while the population of the consolidated city and county was 953,207.

According to a report filed by Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission, they are is responsible for regulating 217 utility companies or entities (four electric utilities, one gas, 174 telecommunications, and 38 private water and sewer companies), four water carriers, 73 passenger carriers and 555 property carriers in the state of Hawaii. This makes Hawaii an ideal area for conference attendees who are public officials, engineers, utility company personnel, designers and contractors alike who are involved with designing underground infrastructure.

Not only will participants be able to attend peer reviewed presentations and 20 sponsored exhibits, but they will be able to meet with industry experts in a relaxed atmosphere during several networking opportunities.

There are sponsored breakfasts each day, two scheduled session breaks and lunch in the exhibit area. In addition, there is an evening cocktail reception also planned for the first day of the conference for attendees to mingle with their peers, friends, industry professionals and exhibitors alike.

The venue at the revitalized Ala Moana Hotel is nestled in the heart of Honolulu. Located next to the Hawaii Convention Center, the hotel is seven miles from the Honolulu International Airport and just steps from Honolulu’s best attractions, making it a perfect location for conference attendees to meet.

For hotel reservations, call (800) 367-6025 (from U.S. Mainland); (800) 446-8990 (from neighbor islands); 955-4811 (from Oahu); or visit the website at To receive discounted room rates, mention the “CWESTT Conference” for a $129 plus taxes single/double occupancy room per night for a Kana Tower, City/Mountain view. Room rates are for check-in on or after Friday, Oct. 25 and check out on or before Friday, Nov. 1. Reservation deadline for the special rate is Sept. 2.

For program questions, contact Craig Camp (619) 410-6328, For general conference registration questions, contact Matthew Wallin (916) 294-0095. Or visit the conference web site at for conference details and to register online.

Established in 2004 as a non-profit organization, WESTT is just one of nine regional chapters that comprise the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT). The mission of each society is to advance the science and practice of trenchless technology for the public benefit through education, training, study and research. WESTT promotes the NASTT mission within the western regions of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico.

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