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By Jeff Griffin Senior Editor

Matthews Assumes TTC Leadership Role

I

In March, Dr. John Matthews
assumed the position of director
of the Trenchless Technology
Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech
University.
TTC is a leading research facility
for the development of technologies influencing the various
trenchless construction and rehabilitation methods. It is recognized
as a focal point where representatives of the trenchless industry can access unbiased technical
information and receive answers
to questions regarding trenchless
applications.
Matthews succeeds Dr. Tom
Iseley, who remains the center's director of international operations
and professor of civil engineering,
construction technology.
After completing his doctorate, Matthews served as water
infrastructure lead at Battelle
Memorial Institute. From there he

assumed the position of pipe rehabilitation service line manager for
Pure Technologies before joining
the TTC.

Homecoming
While Matthews is the TTC's new
director, he is not "new" to the
center, having worked with every
previous director and earning his
doctorate in civil engineering from
Louisiana Tech.
"The center has been blessed
with outstanding leadership from
its directors over the past 27 years,
including Dr. Tom Iseley, Dr. Ray
Sterling, Dr. Erez Allouche and Dr.
Rob McKim," Matthews said. "I
was fortunate to work with each
of them over the years and learn
from them, and will put those lessons to good use now as director."
The trenchless industry and its
needs are rapidly changing, and

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the TTC must
continue to
be dynamic
and expand
into a more
comprehensive role,
Matthews
noted.
"I believe,"
John Matthews
he explained,
Director, Trenchless
"that my exTechnology Center
perience in
technology research and development, along with our experienced
staff and affiliated researchers
and professors, and the cooperation with the industry partners,
will continue to aid the trenchless
technology industry."
Matthews and the TTC staff are
committed to maintaining close
contact with leaders from throughout the trenchless industry and
to being aware of changes in the
industry as they occur. Immediate goals are to engage with TTC's
Industry Advisory Board (IAB) to
ensure the center continues to
meet its needs and to enhance the
center's research programs.
"We have several active projects," Matthews said, "including
multiple projects focused on the
long-term suitability of liners for
pressure pipes, and the development of innovative sensors for
the horizontal directional drilling
(HDD) and subsurface utility engineering (SUE) industries."
Challenges to be addressed include pressure pipe management
of both water and sewer force
mains.
"There are needs related to location, inspection, installation and
rehabilitation that we as an industry are endeavoring to meet," he
said. "We have leading researchers
in pressure liners with Dr. Shaurav
Alam, sensors with Dr. Arun Jaganathan, and trenchless installation
with Dr. Tom Iseley."

Growth
The TTC evolved from the Trenchless Excavation Center at Louisi-

ana Tech, established in 1989 by
Iseley, with a primary focus on
microtunneling and horizontal
directional drilling. Expanding its
reach to other trenchless technologies, the name was changed to
the Trenchless Technology Center
in 1991.
A milestone came in 2008 with
the dedication of the National
Trenchless Technology Research
Facility on the university's South
Campus.
This 5,000-square-foot facility
was funded primarily by Industry Advisory Board members and
is the largest dedicated trenchless technology research facility
in North America. The laboratory
is fully equipped to perform most
research functions and includes a
strong floor, two soil boxes, a full
material testing system, plus an
outdoor insitu pipe testing field.
The TTC maintains the world's
most extensive library of trenchless technology literature, ranging
from research reports from around
the world to conference proceedings.
Funding for the TTC comes
from a variety of sources. Louisiana Tech provides space for the
center on its Ruston campus and
support for research, partial salary
support for the director, faculty
and for the center's administration
needs.
Other funding comes from
industry members through the
center's advisory board, contract
research, private donations, and
from publications and seminars.
"Having watched the TTC grow
and evolve into what it is today
has been fulfilling," concluded
Matthews. "I feel privileged to
serve as its director to help guide
it to new heights. The TTC offers a
highly collaborative environment
that allows technology developers,
contractors, consulting engineers,
utility owners, researchers, the
university and government affiliates to come together and develop
creative solutions with real-world
application."
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Contents
Editor’s Log
Newsline
Washington Watch
Pipeline Projects
Construction Industry Applauds Pab Legislation
First Look: Vacuworx Unveils Compact Vacuum Lifting System
Two Ways Utility Contractors Can Transfer Risk
Pvcpa Study Examines Environmental Impacts, Safety, Costs of Water Pipes
Real Business in the Big Easy
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2017 Buyer´S Guide
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Test Your Skills at the Rehabzone ‘18 Cutter Challenge
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