Hi ISTT members!
I am happy! The reason for this is that I can see the world opening up again, albeit step by step, slowly and in parts. That means that we can plan our meetings and conferences to be face-to-face.
We have heard from Romania with their ideas to join ISTT with the Trenchless Club and hope that will soon come true. I discussed this during the Trenchless Romania show on 20 October. The same day, the SSTT held its annual meeting, in Norway this Year. There was an excellent programme for the meeting and I am sure there were many attendees. The CTSTT had its annual meeting on 15 October, but I could not be present and that is why I made a recorded speech beforehand.
At the beginning of November, NaSTT has its annual No Dig North conference in Vancouver, Canada. That will be a fantastic show and I am unhappy not to be present, but I will be next Spring in Minneapolis! I just hope that there will be no obstacles to my trip there.
This year 15 November is an important day to us because we have the trustees meeting and after that the Council meeting. Because there are a lot of travel restrictions, we will have those meetings virtually this year. I am hoping that every person elected to their positions can join those meetings. At the end of November (24 and 26), the FiSTT has its annual conference in Helsinki to prepare for next Year’s International Conference. From that Conference I will fly to northern Finland for skiing. There should be the first snow on the ground by that time. I have already trained in-house for more than 100 km this season.
In December, Westrade has its Trenchless Middle East conference in Dubai supported by ISTT. I am trying to arrange a meeting with some people there who are interested in building up a society in the region. After that it is time to relax for the Christmas period so as to be ready for the push forward to ISTT’s next No Dig international conference which will take place from 3 to 5 October 2022 in Helsinki in the more normal face-to-face style. The event will start on Friday 30 September with an ISTT research colloquium arranged by Dr Sam Ariaratnam. Thanks to Sam for your work on this! Please visit the show website: www.nodighelsinki.com and book the week in your calendar.
This issue of Trenchless Works highlights more about ISTT’s newest affiliated society, the MATT from Malaysia. There are a lot of things going forward in the country but also across the region, so I will await some new member inquiries from that part of the world. We will see each other there in July next year as the Trenchless Asia event will take place in Kuala Lumpur.
I wish a nice autumn period to all readers from Finland, where live the world’s happiest people!