Industry News - January 2010

Ralston, NASSCO Past-President, Dies at 71; Fluid Conservation Systems Names Distributor; UEMSI Adds 3T Equipment as West Coast Service Center; Northeast Trenchless Hosts Annual Meeting, January Mud School

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Ralston, NASSCO Past-President, Dies at 71

Trent H. Ralston, past-president of the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) and past-chairman of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) died Nov. 9. He was 71. Ralston also received the lifetime achievement award from both associations.

An insightful, innovative and dedicated entrepreneur and business leader, Ralston enjoyed creating opportunities for others and contributing to his community.

Known for his sense of humor, Ralston always had a witty, folksy or clever comment at hand. “He was a gentleman and a good friend to all of us in this industry,” said Irv Gemora, NASSCO executive director.

Ralston was founder and president of TRB Specialty Rehabilitation Inc. of Gambrills, Md. He retired in 1999 after 30 years in the pipeline construction and infrastructure rehabilitation industry and moved to Nashua, N.H.

Ralston is survived by Rita Ralston, his wife of 45 years, and daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Rakesh Khurana. Funeral services were held Nov. 13 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church.

Fluid Conservation Systems Names Distributor

Fluid Conservation Systems has named Matchpoint Inc. distributor for customers in Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and the U.S. territories of St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Matchpoint will offer the full range of FCS water leak detection products.

UEMSI Adds 3T Equipment as West Coast Service Center

UEMSI has added 3T Equipment as an authorized West Coast service center for pipeline inspection and camera systems. 3T has locations in Santa Rosa and LaVerne, Calif.

Northeast Trenchless Hosts Annual Meeting, January Mud School

BAROID and the Northeast Trenchless Association will hold a horizontal directional drilling and pipe bursting Mud School in conjunction with NTA’s annual meeting, Jan. 25-26, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Boxborough, Mass. The meeting is open to all association members and employees as well as potential new members.

Training seminars will focus on business management, field operations and new technologies. New products also will be on display. The day-and-a-half Mud School, Jan. 26-27, will focus on applications and practices for a variety of geologic environments, including sand and gravel, sticky and swelling clay, rock drilling, geothermal drilling and grouting, lubricating fluids and pipe bursting, HDD fluids testing. Instructors are Frank Canon, Tom Tibor, Dennis Duty and Mike West of BAROID. Cost for the school is $50 per NTA member and $75 for non-members. Discounted hotel rates are available. To register or for more information, e-mail Bill King, NTA executive director, at, call 508/498-3811 or visit


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