The only event focusing on trenchless technologies in Romania, Trenchless Romania Conference & Exhibition reached its 4th edition on the 13th of June 2019 at the Caro Hotel in Bucharest. The event brought together manufacturers and distributors of equipment and technologies dedicated to the no-dig sector for horizontal directional drilling (HDD), pipejacking, pipe bursting, micro-tunnelling, pipe rehabilitation (CIPP) and other trenchless technologies that are ideal solutions for installing underground utilities in urban areas with heavy traffic, but also very suitable for other applications.
Representatives of the Austrian Embassy in Bucharest were also present and they manifested their desire for continuing the close collaboration with the companies at the conference.
Trenchless Romania Conference & Exhibition 2019 was supported by the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT), German Society for Trenchless Technology (GSTT) and Austrian Association for Trenchless Technology (AATT). Also partners of the event were ARA (Romanian Water Association), ARSCM (Smart City and Mobility Association), APPFE (Partnership Association for Projects and European Funds), Petroleum Club of Romania and AHK (Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce).
Together with them ADUC (Association of Construction Equipment Distributors), ARACO (Romanian Construction Contractors Association), PSC (Construction Companies Association), APMCR (Manufacturers of building materials Association) manifested their support for the conference.
The opening of the event was made by Mark Andre Haebler, President of AATT and board member of ISTT.
“Ambition, loyalty, integrity and an open mind. I like Bucharest since the first time I travelled into this wonderful city, I’ve met extraordinary people here and some of them became very good friends. I bring greetings from AATT association and also from Jari Kaukonen, President of ISTT. It is nice to see new participants each year and I’m happy to be a part of this trenchless day. I’m also pleased that in Romania the trenchless industry continues to grow. Romania is a very good country, if we provide rapid and sustainable construction and rehabilitation methods the economy will benefit, the country and also the employers of this wonderful country. It takes more education and training for our professionals so Romania can play a leading role in trenchless methods in the Eastern European market,” Mark Andre Haebler stated.
Special guests were also Klaus Beyer – Executive Director of GSTT and Cristian Dragu, Vicepresident ARSCM (Smart City and Mobility Association) that gave their opinion regarding smart solutions for local authorities.
The event was organized into 4 panels. The first panel was dedicated to the official opening and was followed by two panels with technical presentations from the area of pipeline technologies and systems for rehabilitation of water and sewage networks. Presentations included local and international project exposures for direct pipe and rehabilitation of gas pipelines. The conference day ended with the award session for Trenchless Technologies – TRENCHLESS ROMANIA AWARDS.
Together with the mobility partner Porsche Romania, the guests had the surprise to be picked up at the airport with a VIP Shuttle benefiting of an unforgettable experience.
This year the event hosted the 3rd Edition of TRENCHLESS ROMANIA AWARDS, the only ceremony for awarding the projects that use trenchless technologies and products in the trenchless industry. TRENCHLESS ROMANIA AWARDS Gala is also dedicated to the people, the professionals that understand the benefits of using trenchless technology.
This year the winner in the category of Trenchless Pipe Rehabilitation was CIS GAZ SA with the project ‘Relining with Primus Line technology the main gas pipeline for OMV Petrom’.
In Tunnelling category, the award went to METROUL SA for the project ‘Town to Countryside connectivity design with trenchless BIM’.
A special award for the entire activity in promoting horizontal drilling equipment and technology went to Ron Van Dam – General Manager of ROMNED INDUSTRIAL FOUNDATION SRL/Vermeer Romania.