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Louisiana Tech University Trenchless Technology Center to host municipal forum

Louisiana Tech University

RUSTON, La. - The Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University will host a gathering of regional industry professionals working in the water and wastewater sector during the "Shreveport Municipal Forum and Exhibition on Trenchless Technology 2016" on November 10 at the Louisiana Tech Shreveport Center.

The Shreveport forum is one of five forums organized by the TTC this fall. The purpose of municipal forums is to educate attendees about trenchless technology basics and the latest developments, and to enable the exchange of information on topics of mutual interest. Louisiana Tech's TTC has developed the program over the past 15 years with the intent to schedule six to seven highly-educational and non-commercial presentations and one 'municipal participants only' discussion session at each forum.

"The Shreveport forum is targeted for regional professionals working in the water and wastewater sector, including employees of the City of Shreveport and other municipalities in the area, consultants working on behalf of municipalities, and contractors and vendors within driving distance from the forum location," said Jadranka Simicevic, assistant director of Louisiana Tech's Trenchless Technology Center. "TTC municipal forums offer a unique learning and networking environment where attendees have access to presentations and exhibits in the exhibition hall, and printed resources."

The presentations at the Shreveport municipal forum will cover topics such as live water main inspections, engineering design and case studies for spray on geopolymer liners, cured-in-place pipe, and sealing the collection system with focus on main-to-lateral rehabilitation. It will also focus on diverse and evolving private service lateral liner market and lessons learned, and manhole rehabilitation.

"The TTC has served as a global leader in education and technology transfer of various trenchless technology methods," said Simicevic. "The forum program has been running for over 15 years making impact on a large number of people and companies working in water and wastewater industry. A total of 170 forums have been organized in over 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada."

Over the past two decades, Louisiana Tech's TTC has become a leading research facility for the development of technologies influencing almost every aspect of trenchless construction methods and has served as a point of reference for representatives of the trenchless industry. The TTC evolved from the Trenchless Excavation Center at Louisiana Tech, established in 1989 by Dr. Tom Iseley, with a primary focus on microtunneling and horizontal directional drilling. Expanding its reach to other trenchless technologies, the structure and name was changed to the Trenchless Technology Center in 1991.

The Shreveport Municipal Forum and Exhibition on Trenchless Technology 2016 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. November 10 at the Louisiana Tech Shreveport Center, located at 8028 Shreve Park Drive in Shreveport, Louisiana.

To register for this forum, please visit For more information on Louisiana Tech's Trenchless Technology Center, visit


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