8:30 – 8:55 a.m.

Creative Dewatering Design Keeps Nuclear Plant Cool

Speaker: Rob Lamm, Applications Manager, Better Pumps & Solutions LLC


Two leaking valves prevented a nuclear power plant in Louisiana from performing routine service on the pre-screens drawn from the Mississippi River. The defective 96” valves spilled 4,000 gpm of water for cooling. A dewatering solution was designed to allow access to the 1-million-gallon intake structure containing the valves. Time was tight due to plant shutdown restrictions and installation of the dewatering system in multiple areas within the intake structure. With smart planning and innovative pumping technology – including nine 8” submersible VFD-equipped pumps, two smaller submersibles and three centrifugal pumps – the water was diverted to allow repair of these vital valves.


9 – 9:25 a.m.

End of the Road for Noise & Safety Complaints

Speaker: David Sardinha, USA Agent, Oxford Products USA


The objectives of this presentation are to identify the potential concerns faced when a utility contractor must cover a utility trench, and the effect on the utility. This will include analyzing the popular options available, describing how the composite modular road plate works, and explaining the proper techniques for best practices with transportation, settup, dismantling and storage. Leaders in the utility industry collaborated to develop the composite modular road plate, recognizing the issues inherent with traditional methods and practices when covering a utility trench. The advantages and disadvantages, related to mechanics, safety, economics and profitability will also be discussed.


9:30 – 9:55 a.m.

The Connected Job Site

Speaker: Cory Mass, Applications Engineer, Vermeer Corporation


As technological advances in equipment continue to grow, data and technology increasingly allow single machine owners or fleet managers, crew workers or municipalities to get the most out of their machines. This trend will only continue to pick up as regulation becomes more mandated and data becomes the “new normal”. This presentation will cover current and emerging utility installation technologies, both on- and off-machine, and how they can better monitor machine productivity, as well as potential installation obstacles, upcoming maintenance needs, more accurate installation, and more.


10 – 10:25 a.m.

Ramming Saves Jack and Bore Project

Speaker: Alan Goodman, Strategic Accounts Sales Manager US & Canada, HammerHead Trenchless


This presentation will provide a case study giving insights into using the pipe ramming technique even when numerous difficulties jeopardized completion of large-diameter (42”) casing installations using other methods. Free-flowing, sandy soil conditions had caused the push wall to fail in a combination auger boring and pipe jacking project under a highway. With the first 20’ casing section already started in the ground, the contractor turned to the pipe ramming method. Ready availability of equipment and ease of setup allowed quick, efficient and economical completion of the difficult project and proved to be a superior method in the ground conditions.


10:30 – 10:55 a.m.

E-Power Pipe: New Trenchless Method for Underground Cable Installation

Speaker: Gerhard Lang, PhD., Manager Business Development, Herrenknecht AG


This session presents the new technology for trenchless installation of underground power transmission lines, including the first installations, in Germany. Besides the proven tunneling and pipeline methods, mostly used for sensitive crossings, a new technology for separate cable installation was required. The goal was to develop a highly efficient trenchless solution to compete with open-cut methods with an excavation diameter of only 20 inches. E-Power Pipe was the solution. An AVNS system with integrated Powerpack and slurry pump, it enables drive length of more than 3,380’ at a shallow depth of only 5’.


11 – 11:30 a.m.

Monsters Live Underground

Speaker: Thomas Frisby, Founder & President, The Frisby Group


“What lurks in the minds of men? The Shadow knows!” This was the lead in to an old radio show, but for underground contractors, it could read: “What lurks in the bowels of the earth? God only knows!” Financial risks of all the parties to an underground excavation and construction project are significant. This presentation will realistically set a timeline for dealing with the lurking “monsters,” from the decision to construct a capital project, to pre-construction activities leading to the contract, and to actually encountering a time-and-money-devouring ogre, and provide solid, tested guidelines for each step along the way.


11:30 – 11:55 a.m.

Building Your Internet Marketing Machine

Speaker: Scott Crowell, Creative Director/Partner, Red Racer Advertising LLC


This “all meat and no fluff” educational presentation includes a list of things contractors and other business owners can do, with little or no outside resources, to help their business break out of the clutter on the internet. It will includes discussion, Q&A time, and tips on developing content, website organization, social media posting, and more. Red Racer Advertising is a business-to-business marketing company with experience in the trenchless category.