Trenchless Technology

JAN 2019

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FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING CUIRE: CUIRE.ORG Table 1 presents SAPL suppliers who have expressed interest in participating in this important evaluation program, up to publication of this paper. Some of these vendors already have started or completed testing through NTPEP. To participate in this active project, DOTs and vendors can contact Jeffrey Syar, P.E., Administrator, Ohio DOT Office of Hydraulic Engineering, Phone: Email:; or Dr. Mo Najafi, P.E., Phone: 817-272-9177, Email: , the Principal Investigator for this project. CUIRE AND INDSTT SIGN A COOPERATION AGREEMENT Last May, an agreement of cooperation was signed between University of Texas at Arlington/CUIRE and the Indian Society for Trenchless Technology (IndSTT). The objectives of this agreement are: • Exchange of materials in education and research, publications and academic information; • Exchange of faculty and research scholars; • Exchange of students; and • Joint research and meetings for education and research • Establishment of a CUIRE branch in Hyderabad, India As the first educational activity, the No-Dig India Show 2018 was held in Mumbai, India, Dec. 14-15, 2018. It was organized by IndSTT and sponsored by CUIRE. The event had a technical conference covering some of the latest topics in trenchless technology sector. In addition, there was a training workshop on subsurface utility engineering (SUE). More than 1,000 professionals participated in this event. To provide a first-hand exposure to participants, an exhibition of trenchless equipment was also organized in the show. In addition of strong representation from Indian trenchless industry, several countries, including the United States and Germany were represented. Dr. Mo Najafi, CUIRE director, presented a keynote speech on the topic of "State of Trenchless Technology Research, Publication and Education in the United States & Collaboration Opportunities for Indian Trenchless Industry." Dr. Mo Ehsani, president and CEO, QuakeWrap Inc., presented a second keynote on "Rehabilitation of Structures with Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Products." At the conclusion of the conference, Najafi presented a copy of his book, Trenchless Technology: Planning, Equipment and Methods, to Dr. Niranjan Swarup, INDSTT director. CUIRE and IndSTT have decided to work jointly for the No-Dig India Show 2019 proposed to be held in New Delhi, India in December 2019. More details of No-Dig India Show can be accessed at or by emailing Dr. Swarup at Under its joint research objective, a large size rehabilitation project for an Indian power company, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd. (NEEPCO) has been initiated by IndSTT and CUIRE. Upon conclusion, the project would result in the rehabilitation of the penstock system for a Hydro Electric Power Plant for NEEPCO, a government of India Company, and produce enough materials for several researches in trenchless technology field focused at pressure pipelines and conduits rehabilitation. Figur ws inspection of the penstock. During inspection, it was initially determined that carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) can be used to reinforce the penstock and provide a leak-proof surface. As part of a future project, CUIRE is preparing a database of U.S. companies interested to work in India. To be included in this database, contact Najafi at CUIRE@UTA.EDU or call CUIRE at 817-272-9177.

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