UKSTT’s longstanding Council Member Norman Howell was recognised recently by ISTT for his long-term involvement and technical and professional contribution with the Award of an ISTT Fellowship.
ISTT recently announced that Norman Howell has joined the 2020 class of ISTT Fellows. Norman has been involved in the civil engineering and pipeline sectors of the construction industry for over 45 years. He has had a pivotal role in the development and introduction of new trenchless techniques for the installation and rehabilitation of pipelines.
Norman started out as an Engineering Geology graduate from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and later qualified as a Chartered Geologist and Chartered Environmentalist. He first became interested in trenchless technology in the late 1970’s having heard of the development and introduction of the Nutall Permaline close fit lining system which later became Insituform CIPP lining. He then joined D J Ryan & Sons Ltd, the developer and patent holder of the pipe bursting technique where he remained for some 18 years and was instrumental in introducing pipe bursting to many parts of the world, eventually becoming responsible for all aspects of the company’s involvement in Trenchless Technology.
In April 2002 Norman joined Subterra, an internationally recognised innovator and developer in the field of utility pipeline rehabilitation systems where he gained extensive knowledge of close fit PE lining, spray applied resin lining and CIPP lining.
Since the end of 2013 Norman has worked as an independent technical consultant for a diverse portfolio of clients which includes pipeline network owners, contractors and No-Dig equipment manufacturers and suppliers, providing him with the opportunity to be involved with the development of a new application for the use of CIPP lining and specialist high pressure water jetting equipment for the cleaning of large diameter pipelines.
Norman became a member of ISTT in 1987 after attending the second London No-Dig Exhibition and has been involved with the UKSTT since its inception in 1993, initially providing technical presentations and became involved in the development of training and qualifications for various no-dig techniques as a member of its training sub-committee.
In 2000 he joined the UKSTT Council and has served the society since that time holding the positions of Chairman and Honorary Secretary. In 2018 Norman became only the third person to be presented with the UKSTT Lifetime Achievement Award in honour of his work in trenchless technology. He has also represented the UKSTT on the ISTT Board Executive Sub-Committee between 2006 and 2012 and enjoyed meeting international colleagues, exchanging ideas and helping to guide ISTT during a time of expansion and change. In parallel to his UKSTT membership, Norman has been an active member of the Pipeline Industries Guild for many years and has been Northern Branch and National Chairman.
Norman has presented numerous technical papers at both UK and International Conferences on a variety of subjects relating Trenchless Technology and he has been a guest Lecturer at Manchester Business School and The University of East London.
Some of his more recent experience has included provision of technical support for the routing and construction of the 68 km onshore section of an interconnector cable project and for the delivery of major water network projects in the UK. He has acted as client project manager on the award-winning Thanet Groundwater Scheme which involved the lining of 5 km of chalk tunnel using UV cured CIPP lining and 10 km of conventional sewer rehabilitation using CIPP lining and patches.
Commenting on his ISTT Fellow award Norman said: “I am truly delighted and honoured to be the recipient of an ISTT Fellowship and have my contribution to the development of trenchless technology throughout the world recognised in this way. In a career spanning more than 45 years it has been my passion to develop trenchless methods to provide more sustainable and cost-effective ways to repair and install pipeline infrastructure. I have not only enjoyed the work but it has given me with the opportunity to meet with many other like-minded engineers and forge long-lasting friendships. It is a privilege to work within such a forward looking and innovative industry.”