October 2019 Vol. 74 No. 10

Rehab Zone

RehabZone Additions, Changes for 2020 Event

Jeff Griffin | Senior Editor


As in the past, the RehabZone is a unique feature of the 2020 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exposition (UCT). The show is scheduled for Jan. 28–30, 2020, at the Fort Worth, Texas, Convention Center. 

Clayton Muenchmeyer
Clayton Muenchmeyer

The RehabZone is a special section on the UCT exhibit floor devoted to providing generic, “no-selling” information about rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. That goal is unchanged, but in 2020, the RehabZone will unveil a new floor plan, said Clayton Muenchmeyer, 2020 chairperson.

“The new layout is a more open concept,” Muenchmeyer said. “It will be square, and visitors will walk around the outer perimeter to visit displays in the various stations.

The middle area will be where the demonstrations take place. The demo area will be bordered with short curtains that allow a view of the area so anyone anywhere in the ’Zone can see the demonstrations. In the past, floor plans required visitors to go to a specific area to view the demos, and that was the only place demos could be seen.”

Cutter challenge returns

The popular cutter challenge also will be held, with participants: Schwalm and IST.

New signage will identify educational stations, and an additional station will cover ultraviolet technologies. Other stations include NASSCO Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) and Inspector Training Certification Program (ITCP), closed circuit television (CCTV), bypass pumping, sectional CIPP lining, joint and seal repairs, water main lining, lateral lining, grouting, root control, manhole linings and coatings, and emerging technologies. Stations will be staffed by industry professionals serving as technical advisors, who present objective, generic information without selling or promoting individual brands or products.

The upcoming RehabZone will be the 18th at UCT, and the event not only has maintained interest of UCT attendees, but grown.

“In my opinion,” said Muenchmeyer, “the No. 1 factor that keeps the ‘Zone strong is keeping up with new technologies and illustrating key features that are of interest to the rehab industry. Every year, since 2002, we’ve tried to bring in the latest technologies for display.”

Muenchmeyer also credits work of the industry volunteers who contribute their time, share knowledge and contribute sponsorships to make the RehabZone successful.

“The RehabZone would not exist without them,” he concluded.

For details about the UCT Show and RehabZone, go to uctonline.com or rehabzone.org. •

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