2017 Trenchless Conference Short Course


The Northwest Chapter of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT-NW) is pleased to present NASTT’s Horizontal Directional Drilling Good Practices Course on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Calgary in conjunction with the 2017 Northwest Trenchless Conference.

The course objective is to provide contractors, engineers, and owners with a set of guidelines that will assist and allow personnel to have successful HDD installations by training operators and supervisory personnel. This course provides an in-depth overview of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and covers six topics:

  • operation and application;
  • equipment and materials;
  • planning, including surface and geological investigations, utility surveys, bore planning, and regulations and permitting;
  • jobsite safety;
  • risk reduction, trouble shooting and mitigation; and
  • design.


  • Dr. Samuel T. Ariaratnam is a Professor in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University. He received his B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and his M.S. & Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His educational and research interests lie in the area of trenchless construction methods with an emphasis on Horizontal Directional Drilling and Pipe Bursting. Samuel has published over 150 technical papers, holds three patents, and is active in numerous professional organizations. He served on the NASTT Board of Directors from 2001-2006. Currently, Dr. Ariaratnam serves as the Vice Chairman of the International Society for Trenchless Technology. Additionally, he is a co-author of the Horizontal Directional Drilling Good Practices Guidelines and the Pipe Bursting Good Practices books with Dr. David Bennett. Dr. Ariaratnam is a registered professional engineer in the State of Arizona and the Province of Ontario.
  • Dr. Jason Lueke has 18 years of experience in consulting, construction, education, and research focusing specifically on trenchless engineering and construction. Prior to rejoining Associated Engineering in 2012, he served three and a half years as an Assistant Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University teaching soil mechanics and researching trenchless methods, infrastructure utility design, and buried infrastructure management. During his first tenure with Associated Engineering he was and Infrastructure Engineer and Trenchless Discipline Lead in their Edmonton office. In that role he coordinated, designed, and managed various trenchless projects; performed construction feasibility assessments and facilitated value engineering workshops; performed conceptual design studies; conducted preliminary and detailed designs; and supported AE’s other offices with various trenchless specific projects. Jason has participated as an engineer or contractor on a variety of trenchless projects involving pipe bursting, horizontal directional drilling, cured in place pipe relining, auger boring, pipe ramming, and tunneling.

Registration is now Open

Register early & save money!
On or before September 20, 2017: $325 member/$425 non-member.

After September 20, 2017:
$375 member/$475 non-member.

Student Rate: $150.

Register for this event by clicking here.

To receive the discounted member rates, registrants must be current 2017 members of NASTT. Please note there is a separate registration fee to attend the conference on November 8, 2017.

Your course registration fee includes:

  • Continental breakfast, breaks and lunch
  • CEU certificate issued by Louisiana Tech University
  • Comprehensive, consensus-based information, non-commercial presentation
  • Expert course instructors who are leaders in their respective fields and can help answer your questions not outlined in the course agenda

for the Course Agenda please click Here

For course content questions, contact the conference organizing committee by clicking here.