Trenchless Technology

SEP 2018

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22 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 Finally, TTC has teamed with the Buried Asset Management Institute-In- ternational (BAMI-I) to oer Certification in Training in Asset Management (CTAM) for water utility infrastructure management professionals. Better management practices including sustainability and life-cycle analysis are important for scheduled pipeline maintenance and rehabilitation. (Online CTAM courses are also available.) Expanded Campus Part of the vision of the TTC's expanded role going forward includes state- of-the-art facilities for research, classes and specialty schools. Currently, planning is underway for the Barbera Underground Infrastructure Research & Training (BUIRT) facility, which is envisioned in the vicinity of the Na- tional Trenchless Technology Research Facility on Tech's South Campus. The Barbera facility is being designed as a world-class field training facil- ity with pit and soil box, and 150 ‹ by 150 ‹ canopy, to be used for auger boring and other schools as well as research and development. It is being named in honor of the accomplishments of the Barbera family, most nota- bly Leo Barbera, founder of American Augers, and his brother Jim Barbera, founder of Barbco Inc. In addition, TTC has plans for its own dedicated Lecture Facility, to be used for classes, specialty schools and other events, including IAB meetings. When complete, the TTC will create an Underground Infrastructure Campus unmatched in the water utility sector. Living Lab Relating research to real-world applications is always a challenge, so TTC has partnered with the Ruston Department of Public works to establish a "Living Lab" when new products and methods can be tested and evaluated in actual working conditions. Recently, the partnership was used to evaluate the eective of drone technology for pipeline condition assessment, as well as other rehabilitation systems. Forging Ahead Another recent milestone for TTC came in June with the award of $200,000 grant from NASSCO to pursue a study on the emissions from steam CIPP projects. The TTC will partner with the U.S. Army Engineers' Research De- velopment Center (ERDC) to study the release of organic chemicals in the steam exhaust. The project is Phase 2 of a larger study and calls for measurement of sty- rene and other organic compounds at six CIPP installation sites, represent- ing dierent pipe diameters (8-in, 12-in., and larger), and lengths, in order to capture variation in emissions. Measurements will be conducted before, during , and a‹er curing at the termination manhole, as well as various loca- tions in the surrounding outside area and inside nearby buildings. Worker exposure will also be measured via personal exposure monitors. Finally, dispersion modeling will be conducted to estimate compound concentrations at a large number of locations for a wide variety of meteo- rological conditions. Measured and modeled concentrations will be com- pared to appropriate health-based action levels to determine if any potential health risks exist for workers or citizens in the surrounding communities. "The trenchless industry and its needs are rapidly changing and the TTC must continue to be dynamic and expand into a more comprehensive role," Matthews said. "The TTC's sta of technicians, research faculty, and scien- tists is working closely with the industry partners to develop new technical solutions. The TTC will continue its mission to serve industry partners and conduct research for governmental and professional associations and it will continue to serve as an independent source of knowledge, education, and technology transfer for the trenchless industry." Jim Rush is Editor of Trenchless Technology. Tom Iseley (left) welcomes John Matthews as new TTC Director in 2017. Former Directors Erez Allouche, Ray Sterling and Rob McKim at No-Dig in Montreal, 2009. Louisiana Tech and TTC staff mark the opening of the National Trenchless Technology Research Facility in 2007. The event was attended by current University President Les Guice (2nd from left), founding IAB member Mike Garver (3rd from right) and former TTC Director Ray Sterling (2nd from right). The Industry Advisory Board provides guidance and support for TTC.

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