NASTT Selects 2022 Ralston Young Trenchless Achievement Award Recipient

The Ralston Young Trenchless Achievement Award applauds savvy members under 36 who demonstrate excellence early in their careers by making valuable contributions to the trenchless technology industry and NASTT.

Please join NASTT in celebrating the 2022 recipient: Matthew Olson, P.E., Partner at Lithos Engineering in Denver, Colorado.

Young Trenchless Achievement Award Selection Committee Chair, Chris Sivesind, Territory Manager at Akkerman and NASTT staff made a surprise call to Matt to share the news. “His accomplishments were very impressive among a pool of excellent candidates.” Chris said.

Matt Olson lives and breathes NASTT’s mission to be the premier resource for knowledge and education in Trenchless Technology, according to Lance Heyer, Associate at Lithos Engineering, who was thrilled to nominate Matt. “Trenchless is truly in his blood,” he said, referring to Matt’s father who was a trenchless new installation contractor with Bore Masters in Pewaukee, WI. Matt’s academic career included a thesis on pilot tube jacking forces.

“Matt truly embodies the spirit in which this prestigious award was meant to represent with an astounding track record of service and dedication to the trenchless industry,” says Matthew’s former Master’s Program co-supervisor, Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Ph.D., P.E., Professor at the Ira A Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University.

Matt’s interest and drive for research and development leads him in educating other industry professionals about trenchless technologies. Matt is a “fantastic resource for sound engineering advice” notes Robert Meadows President, Global Underground Corporation. “His ongoing drive to understand and further advance the trenchless engineering and construction industry truly is special and will benefit the trenchless industry at large for many years to come.”

As a NASTT volunteer, Matt has served on the Rocky Mountain Chapter Board, No-Dig Show Technical Program Committee, participated as No-Dig Show track leader and has chaired the NASTT Young Professionals committee and judged the Student Poster Competition at the No-Dig Show.  He has six technical papers in the NASTT technical paper library, including “Pipe Ramming Through Challenging Subsurface Conditions in the Pacific Northwest” and  “Into the Void: Case Study of an Emergency Pipe Burst Beneath the West Seattle Bridge” which won the NASTT Outstanding Paper of the Year in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Matthew Izzard, NASTT Executive Director, thanked Matt for his NASTT involvement and his enthusiasm and for being among the cream of the crop of young trenchless professionals. Special recognition of Matt and all the 2022 NASTT award recipients will take place at the NASTT No-Dig Show in Minneapolis where Matt will present “Impacts of HDD Design Modifications After Municipal Bid Award” with Lance Heyer.

Join Matt and other trenchless professionals in their 20s and 30s at the complimentary Young Professionals Networking Night on Sunday, April 10 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in Room 208B.

NASTT Announces Abbott Innovative Product Award Finalists

Register for the 2022 No-Dig Show here!

The North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 Abbott Innovative Product & Services Award competition.  The Abbott Innovative Product & Services Award celebrates companies with a state-of-the-art product or service developed or re-launched in the last 2 years making a significant impact in advancing the trenchless industry in the areas of rehabilitation or new installation. Finalists will be judged on innovation (concept, method, development); value (need, advantages, cost); and, impact (sustainability, social/environmental responsibility and potential).


Competitors must be in attendance at the NASTT No-Dig Show as an exhibitor or sponsor and present a product overview at the Innovative Products Forum on Monday, April 11 from 9:55-11:35am. Attendees can visit exhibiting finalists in the Exhibit Hall. The winners will be announced that evening at the NASTT Annual Educational Fund Auction in the Exhibit Hall. Presentations from all the finalists will be posted online following the No-Dig Show.


Boyd Tech, Inc. | Silver Student Sponsor

B-Tech Connections

Submitted by Sam Boyd, President

Ditch Witch | Booth 600

AT32 All-Terrain Direction Drill

     Submitted by Sean Hubbard, Marketing Communications Manager

Herrenknecht AG | Booth 700


     Submitted by Michael Gross, Product Manager 

LaValley Industries | Booth 406

PITPUMP™ powered by the EMPOWER™ electric generator

     Submitted by Jorge Prince, Chief Financial Officer

 Primus Line | Booth 201

Primus Line® Overland Piping

     Submitted by Ian Lancaster, Senior Vice President

 Subsite Electronics | Booth 600

Marksman™ HDD Guidance System

     Submitted by Sean Hubbard, Marketing Communications Manager


Aegion LLC | Booth 200

CIPP Carbon Filter System

     Submitted by Dennis Pivin, VP Environmental Health, Safety & Security

AppliedFelts | Booth 427


     Submitted by Mark Chandler, Technical Manager

Aries Industries | Booth 233

Wolverine 2.0

     Submitted by Jim Kraschinsky, Vice President – Sales

 Electro Scan Inc. | Booth 135


     Submitted by Chuck Hansen, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

HammerHead Trenchless | Booth 506

Next Generation Bluelight LED CIPP System

     Submitted by Lauren Carroll, Marketing Coordinator

HK Solutions Group | Booth 339

Monoform PLUS

Submitted by Mike Ingham, Chief Sales Officer

Nukote Coating Systems International LLC | Booth 645

360 Ringtech Robotics

     Submitted by Sanaz Ghalambor, VP of Specifications & Testing

 PipeFusion CIPP | Booth 341

PipeFusion XtremeTM

     Submitted by Richard Nawracaj, Vice President

 Waterline Renewal Technologies – LMK Technologies | Booth 522

Shorty and Stubby

     Submitted by Aaron Kaplan, Director of Product Development

“The Abbott Innovative Product Awards represent a fantastic opportunity to showcase ambitious developments from the trenchless industry and celebrate the companies making a difference in the profession,” praised NASTT Executive Director, Matthew Izzard.  “NASTT applauds these new opportunities and the teams furthering product innovation.” To learn more about NASTT awards, visit.


NASTT Announces 2021 Outstanding Trenchless Paper Awards

November 10, 2021 – The North American Society for Trenchless Technology is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 NASTT Outstanding Trenchless Paper Awards for Rehabilitation and New Installations. These awards recognize excellence by commending authors of the best NASTT No-Dig Show papers each year. The winning papers were presented at the 2021 NASTT No-Dig Show in Orlando, Florida.

2021 Outstanding Paper: Rehabilitation

Columbia Canal Brick Arch Tunnel Geopolymer Lining in South Carolina
Joe Royer, Ph.D., Vice President R&D, GeoTree Solutions, LLC, Spartanburg, SC 
Bill Sharpe, Business Development Manager, Inland Pipe Rehabilitation, LLC, Columbia, SC








Five years prior to the main project, the owner did an early technology evaluation and pilot project. “This gave us the opportunity to show the current larger effort as well as the success of the earlier projects,” explained Joe Royer. “The support of the asset owner on the difficult access issues on the project also helped shape the narrative.”

The paper brings attention to the use of geopolymers and spray-applications as an important part of the trenchless industry. “The work we at GeoTree Solutions and our contracting partner on this project IPR have done to develop the technology showcase viable solutions for large diameter projects.”

Columbia Canal Brick Arch Tunnel Geopolymer Lining in South Carolina is featured in the fall issue of Trenchless North America.

2021 Outstanding Paper: New Installations

HDD Lessons You Can Only Learn in the Field

Kimberlie Staheli, Ph.D., P.E., Staheli Trenchless Consultants, Seattle, WA

Jake Andresen, P.E., Staheli Trenchless Consultants, Seattle, WA







“I have thought about putting this together for years,” says Kimberlie Staheli who was introduced to trenchless technology on her first job after college with a microtunneling contractor. “The industry was so new that it really excited me. The more I learned, the more I realized that I had a shot of making a difference.” Staheli has seen the industry in an ongoing state of rapid transformation for more than 20 years and believes it is an industry where an engineer can continuously learn and grow.

“I see engineers specifying things that are not constructable. Then when we get there to perform Risk Management InspectionTM, we have to work through the issues in the field.  I wanted engineers to be aware of how the designs need to be changed in the field to avoid claims.”

HDD Lessons You Can Only Learn in the Field will be featured in the winter issue of Trenchless North America.

The winning papers (and all the NASTT No-Dig Show papers) are available in the NASTT product store .

Authors of both papers will give encore presentations at the 2022 NASTT No-Dig Show in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit the conference website.

Scholarships Available for Municipal & Public Utilities for the NASTT 2020 No-Dig Show

The North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) — the leading association serving and promoting the North American trenchless industry — is pleased to announce municipal and public utility scholarship opportunities to attend the NASTT 20202 No-Dig Show, April 5-9 in Denver, Colorado.

In 2013, NASTT established the No-Dig Show Municipal & Public Utility Scholarship Award Program to provide education and training for employees of North American municipalities, government agencies and utility owners who have limitedor no training funds due to economic challenges. In past years, over 100 applicants were awarded the scholarship annually.

“The NASTT Municipal & Public Utility Scholarship offers public agencies the opportunity in which to participate and experience the world of trenchless. Since its inception in 2013, scholarships have been awarded to more than 850 applicants, and the success of the program continues to increase every year.” said Joe Lane, 2020 No-Dig Show Program Chair and V.P. of International Operations for Insituform. “With an entire show dedicated to trenchless technology, this scholarship is a tremendous opportunity for municipal & public utility employees to attend at little or no cost.”

Selected scholarship winners will be awarded Full Conference and Exhibition registration to the NASTT 2020 No-Dig Show. Also available are one day conference registrations which include full access to all exhibits and technical paper sessions. Selected applicants will also be eligible to receive complimentary overnight accommodations for three nights at the host hotel. The scholarship applications are reviewed by a committee of NASTT volunteers and awarded based upon the supplied responses.

To apply for the scholarship, complete the application online at on or before November 1, 2019. Applicants are not required to be NASTT members.

NASTT’s Municipal & Public Utility Scholarships program is sponsored by Benjamin Media, Inc, award-winning publisher of the leading underground construction magazine, Trenchless Technology.

For more information about NASTT’s No-Dig Show visit, email or call 330-467-7588.