International No-Dig Madrid 2014

The ISTT's 32nd annual INTERNATIONAL NO-DIG CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION was held for the first time in Spain, 13-15 October 2014. Hosted by the Iberian Society for Trenchless Technology (IbSTT), the event was held at the prestigious IFEMA Convention Centre in Madrid.

At the opening ceremony, Angel Ortega, President of IbSTT and Derek Choi, Chairman of ISTT welcomed 325 delegates from 29 countries. A short address was also made by Jens Hoelterhoff, Chairman of the GSTT whose Society supported the exhibition with a pavilion of German companies.  

Following this, delegates heard from Ms Liana Ardiles, Director General of the Ministry of Water Agriculture, Food and Environment. In her address, Ms Ardiles recognised the Iberian region’s 20 year history of using trenchless technology and stressed the importance of utilising the technology to reduce traffic disruption, particularly in cities. The opening ceremony was concluded with the cutting of a ribbon at the entrance at the exhibition.

In addition to the delegates, more than 1,000 visitors attended the three day exhibition from 32 countries. Visitors to the exhibition will have been impressed with range of products on display from more than 80 companies showcasing products and services from around the world.  In addition to the National Pavilions presented by Spain and Germany, exhibitors came from the UK, USA, Russia, Australia, China, Italy and Denmark.

Headlining the event sponsorship was Catalana de Perforacion, a leading trenchless technology contractor based in Barcelona. Gold sponsorship was supported by Insituform and Vermeer. In addition, Silver sponsors were Aqualogy and Hobas and Grupo AAB, Bronze sponsors.

The Conference programme featured 70 peer reviewed papers, presented by international experts from 20 countries on topics of trenchless research, techniques and case studies on both rehabilitation and new installation. The first two days featured papers presented in English, while the third day was dedicated to papers delivered in Spanish.

The main social function was the Gala Dinner which took place at the Circulo de Bellas Artes – a magnificent emblematic building located in Central Madrid. The evening is always a popular event for networking with colleagues and friends from around the world and this year’s event was a sell out. Following the dinner, ISTT Chairman Derek Choi thanked the sponsors of the event, as well as sponsors of the Gala Dinner, JBP Composites whose Managing Director, Borje Persson made a short welcome speech. 

The presentation of the ISTT annual awards followed, with the first being a Lifetime Service Award presented to Mr Taigo Matsui in recognition of his service in the advancement of trenchless technology in Japan and nearby regions of the world, and for his leadership as a part of the JSTT and ISTT management teams in the early 2000s.

Following this, the ISTT Annual Awards were presented to:

  • Dr Fuming Wang – The 2014 Academic Research Award
  • CatSurveys – The 2014 Product for their Mobile Ground Penetrating Radar
  • Visser &  Smit Hanab – The New installation Project Award for their Pre-Bent Drilling: A New Application of HDD
  • UKDN Waterflow – The Rehabilitation Project Award for the protective structural lining of Ham Sewer

The IbSTT also made awards to four members in categories to recognise their contribution to the industry in the Iberian market.

Mr Yasin Torun, Chairman of the Turkish Society for Infrastructure and Trenchless Technologies was joined by Ms Fatma Kayhan, Commercial Counsellor of the Turkish Embassy, to invite delegates to attend next year’s ISTT International No-Dig to be held in Istanbul, 28-30 September 2015.  A video was shown to highlight the attractions on offer in Istanbul.

The evening was concluded with a flamenco show accompanied by Spanish guitarists.

INTERNATIONAL NO-DIG 2014 was organised on behalf of ISTT by UK based Westrade Group Ltd who have experience of organising No-Dig events in many overseas locations, including the Middle East, South East Asia, India, China, South Africa and Europe.



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