After a year’s delay (and an awful lot of work behind the scenes), the wait was finally over for Trenchless Middle East to return, and what a return it was. Home for the two-day event was, for the first time, at The Festival Arena by Intercontinental in Dubai and which proved to be a superb (and very sunny) backdrop for such a busy show.
Platinum sponsors Apollo got proceedings off to a cracking start unveiling two brand new models to the trenchless market and then following up that launch with the sale of three machines, one of which was a gargantuan 1,220-tonne rig purchased by Hydrotech. The German Pavilion, proved to be the huge success that we have now come to expect, expertly pulled together by the German Society for Trenchless Technology, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action in conjunction with AUMA (Association of the German Trade Fair Industry).
The Pavilion featured a total of fourteen exhibitors and represented the very best of cutting-edge German trenchless technology.
The extensive conference programme featured two very eminent keynote speakers: Sam Ariaratnam Professor and ConstructionEngineering Chair, Arizona State University and Dr Mounir El Asmar, Associate Professor, Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State University. Both shared their thoughtful insights into Rehabilitation which currently constitutes a huge part of the trenchless market and expansion into new installations. David Henderson of exhibitors Applus+Velosi also presented a fascinating paper on Leak Detention and Condition Assessment of Pressurized Pipelines using In-Line Technologies.
Thanks as ever go to the event’s close collaborators, the ISTT, which attended the show in force and more generally, for its unwavering support to the show. A shout out as well to all our sponsors and exhibitors, notably stalwarts, Apollo Techno International Fzco, Blue Hat Middle East, Channeline International, Digital Control Incorporated, Herrenknecht, International Drilling Services, Palmieri Group, Picote Solutions, PE100+ Association, RSM Lining Supplies Global and Underground Magnetics. For any event organiser, the hallmark of a truly outstanding show is not necessarily the quantity but the quality of delegate and this is something that could be universally agreed on by sponsors and exhibitors alike.