Trenchless Technology

SEP 2018

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20 T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY S E P T E M B E R 2018 For nearly 30 years, the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) has been at the forefront of research and development, education and technology transfer in the utility construction market. Since its founding at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, TTC has been instrumental in laying the groundwork for the then-fledgling in- dustry with pioneering research, in addition to raising awareness, developing new products and methods, and even nurturing the next generation of trenchless leaders. As TTC marks its 30th anniversary in 2019, its leaders look for- ward to a future that is bright as ever. Despite the fact that the market has matured and trenchless technology has firmly estab- lished a niche within the utility construction industry, challenges – and opportunities – abound. In the last few years, TTC has rolled out new initiatives to keep pace with the changing needs of the industry, including educa- tional programs, partnerships with utilities, associations and uni- versities, and continued research. And TTC eyes an even bigger role within the industry going forward. "The Trenchless Technology Center is unique in that we have a number of capabilities that have been built up over the years," said Dr. John Matthews, TTC Director. " We have a diverse group of faculty, researchers and research facilities, and we are fortunate to have great support from Louisiana Tech University and our In- dustry Advisory Board." Matthews certainly was no stranger to TTC. He earned bach- elor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Louisiana Tech, while working as a research assistant at TTC. A•er spending a few years in private practice, he returned to TTC as Director in March 2017, As the Trenchless Technology Center marks its 30th anniversary in 2019, its leaders look forward to a future that is bright as ever. By Jim Rush COVER STORY PICTURE ABOVE: New specialty schools like the Utility Investigation School (shown here) offer in-depth discus- sion on focused topics. Here, Tom Iseley gives a presen- tation. TTC KEEPS INDUSTRY MOVING FORWARD

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