Learn What’s New in 2012

NASSCO plans its annual meeting and a variety of training programs to help advanced professionals’ skills in trenchless technologies

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There’s something about resolutions at the start of each year that give us all a new perspective. At NASSCO, the National Association of Sewer Service Companies, we use the winter months to dive into new education and training opportunities that will set the stage for the coming year.

From Feb. 15-18, NASSCO members in good standing will gather for our biggest networking and technical event of the year at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nev. The four days will be packed with opportunities to network with other NASSCO members and, more important, take part in technical discussions and presentations that focus on advances in trenchless technologies.

We will introduce new technologies and equipment to our industry in a forum that is designed to teach, not sell. This year, we will learn more about CIPP sensor strip technology, pipe joint defect analysis, sonar/laser/CCTV all-in-one tools, and grouting inspection tools. While attendees will leave with fresh knowledge, they will also partake in social networking events, including our annual golf tournament and banquet.

On Feb. 27, NASSCO will make a series of technical presentations during the Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo in Indianapolis, Ind. The day will be packed with presentations made by NASSCO members on subjects that include CMOM (Capacity, Management, Operation and Maintenance), water main lining, culvert rehabilitation, manhole lining/sonar inspections, and equipment options for the industry.

As always, NASSCO conducts several training programs throughout the year for the Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) and the Inspector Training Certification Program (ITCP). To date, ITCP has focused on CIPP training. However, in response to many requests, we will provide additional classes for inspection training in pipe bursting and manhole rehabilitation early in 2012.

You can view the entire, updated schedule for PACP and ITCP training at nassco.org. Here are the PACP training schedules and sign-up information for March and April:

• March 6-8, PACP including manholes and laterals, Twinsburg, Ohio; and April 30-May 2, PACP including manholes and laterals, Northville, Mich. Contact kaydoheny@doheny supplies.com or call 248/939-3220.

• March 16-17, PACP only, Nashville, Tenn.; April 3, PACP Recertification, Owings Mills, Md.; and April 9-11, PACP including manholes and laterals, Owings Mills, Md. Contact dawn@nassco.org or call 410/486-3500.

Our mission is to set industry standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground pipelines, and to assure the continued acceptance and growth of trenchless technologies. We can achieve this goal only through a dedicated effort to keep our members and the industry informed of new advances and technologies. F

Ted DeBoda is executive director of NASSCO. He can be reached at director@nassco.org. NASSCO is located at 11521 Cronridge Drive, Suite J, Owings Mills, MD 21117


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