Trenchless Technology Center making international impacts

Mar 4, 2015 | Engineering and Science, Research and Development

Louisiana Tech University’s Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), an industry-leading research facility for the development of technologies influencing almost every aspect of trenchless construction methods, is continuing to lead the field of underground infrastructure development across the globe.
From L-R: Cheng Zhong, Zipei (Michelle) Xu, Baosong Ma, Yi-guo Hao, Tom Iseley, Xiaonan Wu, Dr. Kong, Lin-bo Luo.

From L-R: Cheng Zhong, Zipei (Michelle) Xu, Baosong Ma, Yi-guo Hao, Tom Iseley, Xiaonan Wu, Dr. Kong, Lin-bo Luo.

Dr. Tom Iseley, professor of civil engineering and construction engineering technology and director of the TTC, recently traveled to Asia to participate in international education and training workshops and conferences and to promote innovation in underground infrastructure development. “Many individuals that I met with had previous experiences with the TTC and had traveled to Ruston to visit our facilities,” Iseley said of his recent trip. “I am amazed at the rapid development taking place in Asia. It is impressive to see how trenchless technology is an integral part of this development process. “It a pleasure for me to represent Louisiana Tech University and the Trenchless Technology Center both nationally and internationally.” As part of his Asian tour, Iseley led a team of industry professionals to promote construction innovation and education on how to meet the growing need for improved and increased underground infrastructure in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. International attendees included academicians, consulting engineers, contractors, and members of government agencies. Through this outreach, Louisiana Tech is working with the China University of Geosciences (CUG) in Wuhan, China on a research project that links TTC to the natural gas industry in China. This collaboration provides Tech the opportunity to partner in the formation of the International Underground Space Engineering Technology Center (IUSETC) located in Wuhan’s Future City. Iseley leads the TTC with nearly 39 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of underground infrastructure systems. He has served on the faculty of several universities and is a founding director of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT). Iseley also served for three years as the chairman of the National Utility Contractors Association’s (NUCA) Trenchless Technology Committee.