WESTT Regional No-Dig Conference slated for Oct. 13-14 in Sacramento

Jul 18, 2008

As underground utility work continues to be of main interest in the West Coast states, the Western Society for Trenchless Technology (WESTT) will provide valuable information and solutions for many of these infrastructure needs during its 4th Annual Western Regional No-Dig Conference and Exhibition scheduled Oct. 13-14 at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza in Sacramento, Calif.

Again this year, attendees can expect a quality educational program and exhibits at the Western Regional No-Dig Conference, plus all the networking opportunities available to meet face-to-face with industry leaders. Conference goers can learn from and participate in more than 15 paper presentations designed especially for public officials, engineers, utility company personnel, designers and contractors. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered.

This conference is unique in that technical paper presentations are carefully reviewed by a planning committee, ensuring that all papers and presentations are non-commercial. Presentations are geared towards projects and case histories, not focused on a specific product or particular technology. Participants will take home a CD-ROM of the conference proceedings - a handy resource for years to come.

Leading manufacturers and suppliers are slated to fill the exhibit area with the latest technologies, products and services. The conference program is arranged so that exhibit hall hours do not conflict with the presentation time slots. Attendees will have plenty of time in their schedules to meet with the 20 sponsoring companies that will be exhibiting to discuss in greater detail the current technology and products they have to offer.

In addition to the presentations and exhibits, participants can meet face-to-face with industry leaders in a fun and relaxed atmosphere during the networking reception in the exhibit area on the evening of Oct. 13. Conference organizers are also planning an off-site tour of a local microtunneling project on Oct. 14.

"I am excited about being a part of this year's event!" said Jennifer Glynn, Chair of the WESTT Board of Directors. "This year, we are changing things up a bit and won't be offering a trenchless technology short course. Instead, our chapter is pleased to announce a post-conference site tour of a local large scale microtunneling project in the Sacramento area. Stay tuned for further details."

Aside from the project site tour, all conference events will take place at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza - Sacramento, a full-service hotel with spacious guest rooms and suites. The hotel's central location puts the city's many outstanding museums and landmarks right at your fingertips. The Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza is located right in the heart of the Old Sacramento's boutique shops and exceptional restaurants. A special room rate of $124 (single) and $134 (double) per night is available until Sept. 12. Call (916) 446-0100 and mention the "WESTT Conference" to receive the group discounted rate.

Attendees who register on or before Sept. 12 receive a discounted early bird rate to attend the conference. A special discount rate is also available for members of NASTT, as well as multiple attendees who register from the same organization. Conference exhibits/sponsorship packages are also offered (platinum, gold, silver and bronze).

For program content questions, contact Sam Ariaratnam, phone: (480) 965-7399 or Jennifer Glynn, phone: (925) 627-4151. For general conference or registration questions, contact Jennifer Glynn, phone: (925) 627-4151 or Kate Wallin, phone: (916) 294- 0095. Visit the conference web site at www.nastt.org/westt for conference details and to register on-line. 

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