Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies (CETT)

U of A NASTT Student Chapter

The North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) is committed to advancing trenchless technology and promoting more effective ways to manage underground infrastructure. In 2012, the NASTT University of Alberta Student Chapter was established to introduce U of A engineering students to trenchless technology and to forge relationships between industry and academia.

Industry, academics, and government from around the world have joined the NASTT network to keep up-to-date on the latest trenchless innovations and techniques. Being part of the student chapter is a great way to mingle with leading thinkers and potential employers, as well as challenge knowledge and skill in international competitions.

Student members participate in monthly U of A NASTT chapter presentations and have had the opportunity to represent the chapter at annual Northwest Chapter Conferneces, NASTT No-Dig shows and ASME International Pipeline Conferences.

Current Chapter Administration

President: Sai Deng
Vice-President:Peyman Amini Motlagh
Secretary: Nero (Bo) Gao
Treasurer: Yichen Wu

Upcoming Activities

The U of A's NASTT Student Chapter is preparing for the Annual No-Dig Show in Palm Springs. Students have prepared more than 15 papers on trenchless technologies. Last year, the Student Chapter was awarded third place for the Annual Presentations in Trenchless Technology Achievement, and second place in the Research Poster Competition. The students are working hard to ensure similar results at this year's competition!

Past Activities

No Contest at No-Dig!

CETT won big at the 2016 NASTT No-Dig Show. Students Montazar Rabiei and Ali Rostami travelled to Dallas, Texas from March 20–24 to present their research, attend presentations, and network with other professionals at NASTT’s annual event. The trio accepted second place for best student chapter in North America, and Rabiei took home first place in the NASTT poster competition for his poster, Simple Method for Estimating Fluidic Drag for Pipes Installed via Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD).

2015 NASTT No-Dig Show

NASTT’s No-Dig Show offered six tracks and 160 peer-reviewed, non-commercial presentations, including case studies detailing environmentally friendly trenchless solutions and cost-saving opportunities for municipalities and utilities.

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2014 NASTT Northwest Chapter Conference

On November 13,2014 NASTT student members and CETT shared their research and work along with associate member, Neptune Coring, at CETT'S conference booth at the NASTT NW Chapter Conference tradeshow in the Fantasyland Hotel.

2014 NASTT No-Dig Show

Three student members attended the annual NASTT No-Dig show in Orlando, Florida this past spring where they has the chance to present their research and attend a number of presentations and networking events. All three students participated in the NASTT's poster competition, with member Ashkan taking home second place for his poster Fluidic Drag Estimation in HDD Based on Annular Flow Equations.

NASTT UofA Wins 2012 Best Student Chapter

The U of A NASTT student chapter returned from 2012's international No-Dig Show with both the award for Best Student Chapter and the award for Closed-Circuit Television in a student design competition. The annual No-Dig Show hosted 71 students from 10 universities across North America, and challenged students to showcase their technical capabilities.
Building on this success, the chapter plans to bring together more trenchless enthusiasts, host more industry presentations, and continue to return to the annual international No-Dig Show.