November 2022 Vol. 77 No. 11


RehabZone Embraces Modern, Exciting Technology

RehabZone Embraces Modern, Exciting Technology 

(UC) — The RehabZone has been a regular part of the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition since 2002, providing information about technologies and products for trenchless rehabilitation of underground utility infrastructure.

The 2023 RehabZone will again be a key element of the UCT exhibit floor, Feb. 7–9, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. 

A self-paced, walk-through RehabZone exhibit will provide a comprehensive look at modern rehabilitation methods in a no-sell environment. Attendees can see and learn about trenchless technologies. 

One of the key reasons for the RehabZone’s continuing popularity and success is the strict no-selling atmosphere. Exhibit stations are staffed by volunteers from industry suppliers, but they won’t be selling their products. For proprietary questions, the RZ experts will refer attendees to appropriate booths in the exhibit hall, where personnel are available to address specific aspects of their products. 

“The layout and route of the ’Zone are still being designed and tweaked,” said David Hill, RehabZone chairman. “However, we can say that the ever-popular Cutter Challenge will be in the back of the ’Zone.

“At the’23 Challenge, it is our plan to feature all electric cutters in the challenge. The list of participants is not finalized, but we are extremely excited to show this advancement in cutting technology and let the public get a hands-on feel for how electric cutters feel, compared to air powered cutters. 

“We will also be featuring potable water technologies as a primary focus. The exhibits are being built and we are expecting to have leaders in the industry be there to show and discuss potable water.” 

Located in the rear quadrant of the UCT exhibit hall, Hill said that the ’Zone will be approximately the same size as previous years, but the layout of the exhibit stations will be different. 

“There will, indeed, be live demos and discussions,” said Hill. “Participants are still being added to the list of demonstrations, but we have finalized a UV Cure demonstration, a grouting demo, and a safety discussion regarding mental health in the construction industry.” 

Illuminating tours 

A tour through the RehabZone includes a printed Technology Guide, a valuable reference that features outlines of current technologies available to the industry and displayed at the ’Zone. Its pocket-size design makes it convenient to carry while touring the stations and for later follow up. 

“Guided tours may also be scheduled for organizations wanting to take a group through the ’Zone,” he said. 

Members of the RehabZone committee play a vital role in its continuing success, commented Hill, who is the cutting manager at SAK Pipeline Infrastructure Solutions. 

“Committee members come from all parts of the underground construction world,” he continued. “They bring a wealth of experience and industry contacts. Everyone works very hard throughout the year to help secure sponsors, plan new exhibits, and set up and tear down the ’Zone. Without all of these great people, this event would never be possible.” 

The RehabZone is funded annually through the generous sponsorships of active trenchless rehabilitation companies. NASSCO stepped up this year as the major sponsor for the RehabZone. Since the organization has been an avid partner and supporter of the RehabZone since its inception, they are the first member of the Legacy sponsorship level. 

Platinum sponsors include Avanti International, BLD Services, Pipetech Software, Saertex Multicom, SAK Construction, Sewer AI Corporation and Super Products. Gold sponsors are Cues and IST while Cretex is a Silver sponsor.Avanti 

For more information about participating in the RehabZone, contact David Hill, SAK Construction,

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