New Pipeline Construction and Site Investigation 

(Virtual Roadshow Webinar)

APRIL 20TH,  2021 |  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST




A look into new pipeline construction and site investigations. This webinar will discuss techniques for microtunneling, horizontal directional drilling and trenchless site investigations. 

The first presentation, “Long Distance Microtunnelling with Direct Pipe and E-Power Pipe” by Gerhard Lang from Herrenknecht, will discuss Direct Pipe that has initially been developed to complement the HDD technology for challenging river crossings. 

Next, Mark Knight with Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies will present “Site Investigation Requirements for Trenchless New Construction Pipeline Projects”. He will discuss how you can reduce your construction costs, construction delays and potential project liabilities by doing better site investigations before the project is tendered. 

Last, Sam Ghosn from Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association will present “Horizontal Directional Drilling with Ductile Iron Pipe”. He will talk about the advantages of Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) over traditional open-cut construction methods. 

Attendees are welcomed to participate in the Q&A session that will follow the presentations. 

Who should attend?

Municipal engineers, technicians, consultants, contractors, suppliers, and anyone involved or interested in expanding their knowledge on microtunneling, trenchless pipeline projects and horizontal directional drilling. Attendees will learn from leading industry experts on the advantages, uses and implementation of various microtunneling, trenchless and HDD techniques. 


What's included?

  • CEU's available upon request only -  Please email with all inquiries.



Gerhard Lang – Business Development Manager, Herrenknecht 

Long Distance Microtunnelling with Direct Pipe and E-Power Pipe 

Gerhard’s background is in civil and mechanical engineering. After working for Herrenknecht as project manager on traffic tunneling jobs in Europe he finished his PhD in civil and aan MBA in international marketing before he went to work for Amiantit. Since 2008, he is back with Herrenknecht as Business Development Manager for the Utility Tunneling division with one major focus on the North American market. 


Mark Knight – Executive Director, Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT) 

Site Investigation Requirements for Trenchless New Construction Pipeline Projects 

Mark Knight is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as the Executive Director for the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies at the University of Waterloo. He specializes in buried pipeline soil structure interaction, buried municipal water and waste water pipeline condition assessment, repair, renovation and construction using trenchless technologies. Professor Knight is the developer of the System Dynamics Financially Sustainable Buried Infrastructure Asset Management tool, BoreAid, PPI- BoreAid, PPI-PACE and CIPP CALC. 


Sam Ghosn – Regional Engineer, Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association 

Horizontal Directional Drilling with Ductile Iron Pipe 

Sam obtained his Bachelor and Masters in Mechanical Engineering . In 2015, he joined Memorial University of Newfoundland to receive his Masters in Oil and Gas Engineering. Sam began his career as an Inspection and Maintenance Engineer. He then returned to his alma mater in Lebanon as an Engineering Lab Instructor. In 2016, Sam joined the Canadian infrastructure industry when he worked with Marathon Drilling on a storm water trenchless tunneling project. He then joined Clean Water Works in 2017 as a Production Engineer managing cured-in-place-pipe rehabilitation projects for storm and sewer pipes. In 2019 , he joined the Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association ( DIPRA), and currently covers Region 5- Canada. In addition, Sam Volunteer as the committee Vice-Chair of the Center of Advanced Trenchless Technologies at the University of Waterloo, Canada. 

Moderated By: Mike Kezdi, BMI



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