The Microtunneling Short Course celebrated its 25th anniversary in style by attracting a record turnout Feb. 6-8, 2018, in Boulder, Colorado. A total of 159 participants, including contractors, engineers, owners, suppliers and others, attended the course, held at the Byron R. White Club at the University of Colorado Boulder, surpassing the previous high of 148 set last year.
Since 1993, the Microtunneling Short Course has been the premier educational venue for the microtunneling market. The educational program covers all aspects of microtunneling from basic concepts to advanced techniques and the latest developments, making it ideal for beginners and experts alike. The size of the event allows for networking, interactive discussion and Q&A following the presentations, something that can be lacking at large conferences.
Other activities associated with the annual Microtunneling Short Course are the one-day Pilot Tube Seminar, held at the University’s Rec Center, a meeting of the North American Microtunneling Association (NAMA), a Networking Reception hosted by Akkerman Inc., and the annual Banquet Dinner.
The Banquet Dinner includes the presentation of the Microtunneling Achievement Awards, which this year were bestowed upon Lee Abramson, Kleinfelder; Steve Caneen, Huxted Tunneling; Mike Ellis, TEC; and Ingo Justen, Tunnel Services Group.
“It’s amazing to see the longevity and continued growth of the Microtunneling Short Course,” said Coss. “When we started the course in 1993, there was no other way of sharing information and learning about what was then an emerging field. Since then, we have seen tremendous advancements in the field of microtunneling that no one would have thought possible 25 years ago.”
Planning is underway for the 26th annual Microtunneling Short Course, which will be returning to Boulder from Feb. 5-7, 2019. Information will be posted to the course website as it becomes available.