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UCT means business: combination of information, products make UCT the can't-miss event of 2005.

Ideas, information and solutions will greet the attendees for the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition scheduled for Jan. 25-27, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Billed as the most important business event of 2005 for the underground piping infrastructure, UCT will attract thousands of industry personnel from all walks of professions, specialities, vendors and contracting services. Scores of meetings for both private groups and associations will be held in and around the conference. Buyers come to UCT to consider their equipment and services options as they prepare for the 2005 construction season.

Going hand-in-band to help keep industry members informed is the benchmark UCT Educational Program, universally considered the best single information event of the year. Eleven tracks of focused programs combined with a variety of workshops, tutorials and specialty conferences make for a unique and valuable educational experience. The program includes a mix of case studies, new technology, panel discussions and presentations of major issues and concerns that have immediate impact upon your operations or businesses.

The UCT Educational Program has long since been established as the standard for which other industry programs aspire. Once again, UCT has raised the bar with an expanded, cutting-edge program. In addition to the obvious economic concerns that have been buffeting the underground market for the past couple of years, solutions to key issues and situations will be discussed in depth at UCT. The program, though including many technical presentations, always delves into case studies, problem solving and interactive learning opportunities to aid attendees in their everyday work. It's that "real world" education that truly sets UCT apart.

Another attractive feature of UCT is the fact that no matter what a person's industry expertise level, the program offers educational opportunities to address any needs. To accomplish that, UCT has created several tutorial tracks aimed at providing specific, information for both novices as well as veteran contractors, utility personnel and engineers.

As the underground infrastructure continues to garner strong attention and funding it becomes a high priority around not only the U.S., but the entire globe; attendees will come from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam and over 20 countries to view the vast display of products and services, and to attend the education program.

UCT has also become known as "the industry's meeting place. Because most of the major underground market players attend UCT, attendees take advantage of that fact to schedule convenient meetings. With the expansion of the convention center. UCT has been able to secure additional board-type meeting rooms to accommodate a growing number of meetings.

With the increased demand on professional engineers to obtain and document ongoing education. UCT is pleased to offer Continuing Educational Units (CEUs) and Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Professionals can earn these credits by attending the wide variety of sessions offered at UCT. The credits are being offered in conjunction with Michigan State University.

Exhibition

As always, the largest exhibition of goods and services for the underground trenchless and conventional construction industry will be displayed in the hundreds of exhibits at UCT. In addition, the popular, hands-on learning experience for the rehabilitation industry, the RehabZone, will be among the featured exhibits.

With the diverse and complex nature of the underground market. UCT will be the only event of 2005 to cover all aspects of the industry. From HDD to auger boring, excavators to trenchers, CIPP to pipebursting, it will all be included in the exhibits.

As the economy continues to grow, the future for the underground infrastructure is growing steadily brighter for virtually all segments including telecom, gas distribution, sewer and water. Due to the strong nature and exposure that UCT provides exhibitors to the complete underground market, many will use the show to springboard the launch of important new products.

For more information, or to see weekly updates, visit UCT's interactive web site: www.uctonline.com. Attendees can register online and book their travel arrangements via links to the UCT hotel, airline and rental car sites.

For more information on exhibiting at UCT, contact Shannon Hash, (713) 702-2985, fax (281) 558-7029 or e-mail shannon@uctonline.com or go to www.uctonline.com. For information on attending, contact Sheila Coats, (281) 558-6930, ext 210, fax (281) 558-7029, or e-mail: scoats@oildompublishing.com.

CUIRE Slates Trenchless Design & Construction, HDD Certification Schools

Two special trenchless technology engineering and inspection certification schools, organized by Michigan State University's Center for Underground Infrastructure Research (CUIRE), will be held during the week of UCT. The workshops are geared towards engineers, public officials, utility company personnel, designers and contractors who are involved with constructing, rehabilitating and managing utilities.

The first event, the Trenchless Technology Pipeline Renewal Design and Construction Certification School, will be held Jan. 23-24, at the new Hilton Americas-Houston. The second event is the Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Certification School, on Jan. 27-28. It also will be held at the Hilton Americas-Houston. The programs will focus on technical and engineering applications.

Registration is $595 for the HDD school, and $695 for the Pipeline Construction and Renewal school. Register for both events and pay only $795. Two or more people from the same organization registering at the same time will receive a 20 percent discount. Attendees can earn an additional 10 percent discount if someone from their company has attended a previous workshop. The registration fee includes workshop attendance, conference materials, certificate of completion and refreshments. As a bonus, a full conference registration to UCT is also included.

For technical program information, visit www.msucuire.org or contact: Dr. Mo Najafi, at (517) 432-4937, fax (517) 355-7711 or e-mail:najafi@msu.edu. For registration questions call Cathy Morrison (517) 432-2096, e-mail: morrison@egr.msu.edu. Or visit www.msucuire.org.
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Title Annotation:Underground Construction Technology
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Date:Dec 1, 2004
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