visaplan GmbH is a company that specialises in technical media design and production, with a major focus on the creation of 2D and 3D graphics and computer-aided video illustrations. Visaplan is owned by Prof. Dr. Eng. Stein & Partner GmbH, in Germany. Dr. Robert Stein is an international industry leader in underground infrastructure technologies, who in the mid-1990s identified the need for pipeline maintenance and renovation training using computer animation and interactive illustrations. Over the following decades, UNITRACC has greatly expanded and is now the most extensive and high-traffic internet platform for pipeline construction and management.
Dr.-Ing. Robert Stein is the managing partner of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stein & Partner GmbH, Bochum, and managing director of S & P Consult GmbH, as well as visaplan GmbH. He has been active in the fields of pipeline construction, pipeline management, and pipeline maintenance for over 20 years. His current focus lies on the asset management of water supply and wastewater networks with the help of forecast-based strategy analyses for medium and long-term optimization of investment costs, as well as knowledge transfer in the field of sewer and pipeline management.
Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT)
CATT was established in 1994 at the University of Waterloo, Canada, to support municipalities in finding the best solutions to address their underground infrastructure challenges. Today, CATT clusters 50+ member organizations comprising university, municipalities, contractors, consultants, manufacturers and governmental agencies, all united in the purpose of advancing pipeline renewal, replacement and maintenance research and education. Since its inception, CATT continues to grow and expand its activities, being nationally and internationally recognized as a leader organization in underground infrastructure.
Dr. Mark Knight is CATT’s Executive Director and an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Over the past 20 years, he has focussed his research and career efforts on water infrastructure asset management and pipeline construction, renovation and condition assessment. Dr. Knight is a Fellow of the IAM and chairs several AWWA committees related to Watermain Rehabilitation and Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP). Additionally, he dedicates his time to developing and teaching high-quality academic and industry courses and working in close collaboration with the industry to develop state-of-the-art pipeline design tools.
Together, we are UNITRACC
CATT and Visaplan have formed a partnership to bring UNITRACC to Canada and the US. The Underground Infrastructure Training and Competence Centre (UNITRACC) is a state-of-the-art e-learning portal, offering a large collection of technical documents and publications, as well as carefully structured pipeline management content designed to train new and experienced professionals with interactive animations and construction site models.
This partnership brings together two international underground infrastructure education leaders and two world class innovative organizations to elevate pipeline management training, making high-quality industry content available 24/7 through cost-effective subscriptions to this innovative e-learning portal. Drs. Knight’s and Stein’s vision is for UNITRACC to be a world leader in the development and offering of e-learning certification courses for the underground construction industry.