With the requirement for trenchless technology surging there is an urgent need to educate installers and end-users.

It was in this spirit of education and knowledge sharing that the world’s leading authorities on trenchless technologies gathered in Cape Town recently for the International No-Dig 2018 South Africa Conference and Exhibition.

Commenting on the conference Paul Harwood, managing director of Westrade Group, the international organiser of the event said: “The point of the event is to spread the knowledge of trenchless technology and promote more widespread use of its technologies.”

Embracing trenchless technology

The event, which is was hosted by the Southern African Society for Trenchless Technology (SaSTT) on behalf of the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT), is part of a global series that sees the event hosted in different countries each year.

“This year the message to Cape Town, and the rest of South Africa, called for innovative cities to embrace the use of non-disruptive technologies in future. Also, to identify skills requirements and work with all role players to identify future requirements and make provision to train people to apply trenchless techniques in future,” Harwood explained.

With the aim of unlocking the potential of no-dig technologies within South Africa’s urban centres, ELB Equipment, along with its OEM equipment suppliers, Ditch Witch and Hammerhead, took up Gold Sponsorship opportunities that would allow more delegates from municipalities to attend the show and learn from the numerous presentations and case studies that were presented.

Opportunities abroad

Stuart Hillyard, Westrade Group business development manager, added that this year’s show should spur the development of future shows locally with masterclasses and innovations that will keep it fresh and relevant.

“With local participation as well as exhibitors from as far afield as Germany, United Kingdom, China, United States and further afield the show was deemed a success, attracting the right delegates exhibitors and sponsors want to see from South Africa and overseas. And the feedback has been positive with a lot of knowledge sharing and handsome trade figures reported immediately after the show,” concluded Stuart.


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