Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University
The Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University supports trenchless technology related education and research activities. The center is available to help UCTA members locate trenchless technology information and products and provides its reports to UCTA members at reduced cost.
The UCTA has been a supporter of the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University since its inception in 1992. The center is a university/industry cooperative research center within the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University www.ttc.latech.edu. It was initially established as the Trenchless Excavation Center in September 1989 and was reorganized in 1992 to expand its mission and to accommodate the strong interest of the trenchless industry in supporting and being involved in an academic institution that was dedicated to the support of trenchless technology development. More information on the Industry Advisory Board can be found at www.latech.edu/tech/engr/ttc/sponsors/index.htm.
The purpose of the center is to assist in the development of trenchless technologies through basic research, applied research and technology development activities coupled with educational, outreach and technology transfer programs. The center has a small core staff consisting of the director, an administrative assistant and a research engineer. The research activities are conducted by an interdisciplinary group of approximately 25 faculty affiliated with the center together with graduate students, university technical support staff and the other industry and/or government partners in the research programs www.latech.edu/tech/engr/ttc/people/index.htm
The Center has a strong collection of research and informational materials related to trenchless technology and a broad range of issues relating to the design, construction and use of other types of underground facilities. The Center's research utilizes several research facilities on and off campus including long-term buckling test facilities for pipeliners, material test facilities, and a Field Test Facility located on the Louisiana Tech Farm. Two new research and education facilities include an educational facility for hands-on training in installation and rehabilitation technologies and a new building to house a National Science Foundation funded soil-structure interaction test facility and a structural-materials testing laboratory. The Center has several guidelines for trenchless technology available for free download at its website as well as other publications available for purchase. www.latech.edu/tech/engr/ttc/publications/index.htm
Dr. Tom Iseley, P.E., TTC Research Director, Louisiana Tech University P.O. Box 10348 Engineering Annex, 600 W. Arizona Ave. Ruston, LA 71272-0046
The purpose of the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) is to promote education; training; research and development; information concerning traditional, trenchless and rehabilitation technology; and to promote the use of these technologies. UCTA serves to advance the science and practice of installing, repairing, maintaining, and replacing utility lines, as well as related facilities through construction and rehabilitation techniques. This also includes municipal water, sewer, wastewater, gas distribution, oil/gas transmission and gathering lines, telephone, electric, and cable systems.