Edmonton Technical Lunch - Thursday February 21, 2013

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NASTT Colleagues and Friends,

Please join us for the fourth technical lunch of the 2012-2013 season on Thursday, February 21st, 2013.

This month’s presentation will focus on the Centre of Excellence for Trenchless Technologies (CETT) at the University of Alberta.  CETT was established in partnership with the University of Alberta, industry and government agencies to research and engineer practical solutions to today’s trenchless construction challenges. The Centre is directed by University of Alberta assistant professor, Alireza Bayat, in coordination with the Industry Advisory Committee, which includes The Crossing Company, IVIS Inc. and the City of Edmonton. Currently, the Centre is involved in three research areas: Horizontal Directional Drilling, Pilot-Tube Micro Tunneling and underground infrastructure condition assessment. CETT also offers research and internship opportunities to graduate students who want to specialize in this emerging field.

The presentation will provide an introduction to the CETT and will detail two research projects.  This month’s presenters are:

Alireza Bayat: Introducing the Centre of Excellence for Trenchless Technologies

Alireza Bayat is the Director of the Centre of Excellence for Trenchless Technologies and assistant professor with the University of Alberta’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He was named the first recipient of the prestigious Ralph Haas/Stantec Fellowship in Civil Engineering in the fall of 2012. As the Director of CETT, he works closely with municipal and industry partners to research the technical and operational challenges associated with Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), Pilot-tube Micro Tunnelling (PTMT) and Underground Infrastructure Condition Assessment.

Soroush Khazraei : A Comparative Analysis on Sewer Structural Condition Grading Systems Using Four Sewer Condition Assessment Protocols 

Soroush completed his MSc. at the University of Alberta in 2012 and now works at IVIS Inc. as a Research Engineer.

Carrie Murray: HDD Construction Risks

Carrie is a geotechnical engineer with over 12 years of consulting experience specializing in trenchless HDD assessments.  She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta where her research focuses on the development a framework for HDD construction risks.  Carrie’s research is coordinated through the CETT partnership with The Crossing Company.

Place: University of Alberta Faculty Club, Papaschase Room, 11435 Saskatchewan Drive

Time: 11:30 am Registration
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Guest Speaker
1:30 pm Adjournment

Cost: Members: $20.00*
Non-Members: $30.00
Students: $10.00 (valid student card required)

* Note: Membership status will be verified against the Northwest Chapter’s current member list. If your name is not on the chapter member list, you will be asked to pay the non-member rate. To check if you are a registered member of NASTT, please visit www.nastt.org and search the member directory for your name; this directory is current with NASTT’s membership records.

Payment will be taken at the door, by cash or cheque only.


Greg Tippett, P.Eng.
NASTT-NW Chapter
Edmonton Section Chair