California Dreamin’

The North American Society for Trenchless Technology’s annual show brings contractors and manufacturers together for week of learning

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It’s been a long winter for many of us, but the warm months are just around the corner and that means work will start to pick up soon.

Before the summer days return, though, why don’t you find some time for yourself? You’re in the field every day and have plenty of perspective on the work you do. But how often do you talk to other contractors, subject matter experts or equipment manufacturers to get their perspectives?

Attending the North American Society for Trenchless Technology’s No-Dig Show is the perfect place to do all of that.

This year’s No-Dig Show, being held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California, is March 25-29. The show is jampacked with educational sessions, ranging from directional drilling and auger boring to CIPP and sliplining. The exhibit hall is open from 11:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on March 26 and 27 and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 28.

The No-Dig Show provides four days’ worth of opportunity to see and discuss all the tools and methods that can help you make your business stronger and jobs successful. Think of it as four days of business building.

I met one of the contractors we featured last year, David Howell, senior project manager of Indiana-based Midwest Mole, at last year’s show. That led to some email correspondence and eventually the story in August 2017. It’s a great story about the company not being afraid to take on difficult jobs and growing because of that.

I’ve met a lot of other people at the show, too — people who have given me a better understanding of the jobs you do every day and what it takes to be successful in this industry.

I’ll be at the show again this year, and I hope you will be, too. If you see me out on the floor (Booth 368), feel free to introduce yourself. I’m always interested in hearing your stories.

The No-Dig Show is a chance to get away from the day-to-day operations and do something that will pay dividends in the long run. Plus, if you’re in a cold-weather climate like me in Wisconsin, you can enjoy some of the nice, warm California weather.


A big part of the No-Dig Show is listening to the many case studies that are presented during the educational sessions. Jobs of all sizes are discussed in detail, giving other contractors ideas about how to manage their own jobs.

On that same note, Dig Different loves to give readers a chance to read about your tough jobs. I’m looking for contractors who have handled a tough or unique job and are willing to discuss it. Tell me what the challenges were, how you worked through them and what your crews got out of it.

You can contact me at 800-257-7222 or online at

Enjoy this issue, and think ahead to the warm weather! 


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