We are heading full speed into 2015 and members of the Australasian Society of Trenchless Technology (ASTT) and the trenchless industry in general should be able to look forward to a number of items this year.

From the ASTT Secretary

On behalf of the ASTT, I extend a warm welcome to the following new members:

Victoria Councillor’s report

“The elephant keeps walking as the dogs keep barking.”

South Australia Councillor’s report

For my first column as South Australian councillor, I thought I’d get out the crystal ball to predict what 2015 will bring for the state’s trenchless sector.

Queensland Councillor’s report

The past quarter has seen some interesting times with a surprising change of state government.

New Zealand Councillor & Vice-Chairman’s report

Over the past year, changes in a number of areas bring safety back to the forefront of what we do – particularly Trenchless Technology. These new health and safety measures include new regulations in relation to tunnelling, as well as greater accountability on behalf of company directors for the safe operation of their businesses.

New initiatives in the ASTT pipeline: Introducing Special Interest Groups

The Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology has been looking at how to better engage its membership to provide more value and to ensure...

Top 6 trenchless predictions for 2015

From NBN Co’s broadband network to the upcoming VNIE and Esso Longford pipelines, Trenchless Advisor Director Peter Brown looks at the top predictions for Australia’s trenchless...

Pilot tube microtunnelling: a guide

UEA Project Manager Thomas Carolan examines the extremely accurate and environmentally friendly trenchless technique of pilot tube microtunnelling, from its initial development overseas to its successful deployment on many Australian projects.

Running under rails

A series of microtunnelling projects in the Victorian countryside have overcome heritage-listed parks and gardens, high groundwater levels and a range of subsurface conditions and are now nearing completion.

Renewal of Culverts with Flexible Liners

Interflow Director Dr Ian Bateman looks at the rise of pipeline and culvert rehabilitation using flexible liners, predicting a bright future ahead for the subset of...

Latest developments in lining design

Trenchless industry consultant Lance Horlyck discusses the outcomes of a recent lining design workshop that gathered participants from across the globe – and what these outcomes mean for Australia.

Opt for trenchless (or risk litigation)

Victor Romero asks if we are properly evaluating the social benefits of trenchless, while considering an international example where a utility has been sued for disruptive open-cut practices.

Setting HDD standards

ASTT Chairman Trevor Gosatti examines horizontal directional drilling standards and training in Western Australia.

HDD fights flooding in Queensland

Following the recent flooding of the south east Queensland’s Kolan River, contractors and equipment suppliers worked together seamlessly to replace a key section of a 16-year-old gas pipeline, pulling off a minimally intrusive horizontal directional drilling operation at a site surrounded by layers of cobble.

Loading the cartridge

Working around many obstacles, a sewer main upgrade in New Zealand was successfully performed using a horizontal directional drilling installation and not a traditional pipe string.

Rehabilitating Ti Tree Court’s pipeline roots

An inspection, repair and rehabilitation of drainage lines in Ti Tree Court, Victoria, was successfully carried out using two complementary trenchless systems.

Reducing costs of fluid disposal

Trenchless Australasia looks at a case study where an underground construction company has reduced drilling fluid disposal and associated costs by incorporating a reclaimer into its equipment fleet.

Ten questions with the 2014 Australian Project Manager of the Year

Trenchless Australasia caught up with Queensland Urban Utilities’ Steve Gibson following his being named Australian Project Manager of the Year by the Australian Institute of Project Management in late-2014.

Understanding utility location tools

When it comes to tools to locate our valuable assets, professional locator contractors have come a long way in the past decade, writes Anthony Johnstone of

Fantastic acoustics

Tristan Day of Austeck looks at the development of an acoustic technology that can diagnose pipelines without the need to physically enter them for inspection.

Asset location specialists

Serving Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle and Canberra, Online Pipe and Cable Locating uses modern equipment and highly trained personnel to provide accurate...

Paper-less job site

After nearly five years of research and development, a cutting edge software solution that seeks to eliminate paperwork and redefine health and safety standards on project sites is being readied...

New releases make a utility locator’s job easier

A raft of new utility location and management equipment has recently been released from manufacturers such as Rycom, IDS and Sensit.

Hitting the ground running

Toro Australia enters the horizontal directional drilling market.

Interflow grows with the flow

In a response to healthy and consistent company growth, trenchless provider Interflow has relocated to new offices in Sydney and Adelaide and invested in a new...

Franchise with an Edge

Microtunnelling contractor Edge Underground is looking to partner with forward-thinking individuals as franchisees, offering start-up capital and a slice of project profits.

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