NASTT’s Awards program recognizes the commendable achievements and remarkable accomplishments of the individuals and companies associated with the trenchless technology industry.
NASTT's Hall of Fame
In 2010, the NASTT Board of Directors voted to create a Hall of Fame in order to ensure that the Society’s most outstanding and praiseworthy members received due recognition. The intent of the NASTT Hall of Fame is to preserve the outstanding accomplishments of these exceptional individuals and to honor their contributions to the advancement of both the trenchless industry and the Society.
Members may be elected from all five NASTT membership categories: Manufacturers and Suppliers; Engineers and Consultants; Municipal and Utility Employees; Contractors; and Academia.
Abbott Innovative Product Awards – Rehabilitation & New Installation
NASTT annually recognizes two companies with state-of-the-art products in either new installation or rehabilitation for their achievements in advancing the trenchless industry. In October 2010, NASTT re-named these prestigious awards in honor of the late Joseph L. Abbott, Jr. Joe was an active member of the society since its inception in 1990.
No-Dig Show exhibiting companies may submit a separate application for each of the award categories. Award winners receive coverage in Trenchless Technology magazine, in NASTT's Trenchless Today magazine, recognition on NASTT's website and may freely use receipt of the award in conjunction with their corporate advertising and marketing.
All valid applicants will have the opportunity to display their innovative product in NASTT's No-Dig Show Innovative Product Pavillion next to the registration area.
NASTT's Outstanding Paper Awards – Rehabilitation & New Installation
Each year, NASTT forms a committee to select the Outstanding Papers of the Year Awards in Rehabilitation and New Installation published and presented at NASTT's Annual No-Dig Show. The winners of the Outstanding Paper Awards are selected also based on the feedback received on the completed evaluation forms. Attendee feedback, in combination with the committee’s review, helps determine the winners. Winners are formally recognized during the Opening Breakfast held at NASTT’s Annual No-Dig Show.
NASTT’s Chair Award for Outstanding Lifetime Service
Since 2004, NASTT has elected to recognize a single individual each year that has provided both NASTT and the industry with meritorious service during the period of that person’s career. While it is always desirable to recognize individuals for unselfish service, often with the passing of time, however, we tend to forget the very real and meaningful contributions that individuals have made in the past. By establishing the NASTT's Chair Award for Outstanding Lifetime Service, NASTT hopes to acknowledge individuals who have selflessly given of their time and talents to enhance the Society and the industry. The person selected as the Chair’s Award is the decision of the NASTT Chair at the time of the No-Dig Show. The award recipient is formally recognized during the Gala Awards Dinner.
NASTT's Ralston Young Trenchless Achievement Award
Since 2010, this annual award has been established to recognize a young individual who has demonstrated excellence in the early stages of his/her career and who has made a valuable contribution to the trenchless technology industry. Current NASTT members under the age of 36, during the year of presentation, are eligible for consideration. Candidates must have been members of NASTT for a minimum of 24 continuous months. The recipient will be chosen by a committee appointed by the NASTT Chair. Applicants will be judged on employment history, relevant publications and major accomplishments, all related to the trenchless technology industry. Volunteer service to NASTT, a Regional Chapter or a Student Chapter shall also be an important component of the rating criteria. The award recipient is formally recognized during the Gala Awards Dinner at NASTT’s Annual No-Dig Show.
NASTT's No-Dig Show Municipal & Public Utility Scholarship Award
In 2013, NASTT established the No-Dig Show Municipal & Public Utility Scholarship Award to provide education and training for North American municipalities, government agencies and utility owners who have limited or no travel funds due to economic challenges. Selected applicants are awarded full conference registration to NASTT’s No-Dig Show. One day conference registrations will also be available. Registration will include full access to all exhibits and technical paper sessions. Selected applicants will also be eligible to receive overnight accommodations. Selection will be based on responses to the application as well as need. Applications for this scholarship award are now being accepted. Apply online here.
NASTT’s Municipal & Utility Achievement Awards
In 2011, these awards recognized exceptional American and Canadian municipalities and public utilities that contributed significantly to the development and support of the trenchless technology industry over the past 20 years. Award winners were selected based on the level of participation that an organization and its representatives demonstrated contributing to the promotion of the trenchless industry; involvement in noteworthy projects; and the education of the public and contractors on the benefits of using trenchless technology. These organizations and their efforts have helped to continue and expand one of the most exciting areas of infrastructure-related technology to be developed in the last two decades.