Awards and Recognition

- ISTT No-Dig Awards
- ISTT Affiliated Society Lifetime Service Award
- ISTT Gold Medal
- ISTT fellow program

ISTT No-Dig Awards

ISTT annually recognizes trenchless achievements through its No-Dig Awards program.

Four topics are eligible for this Award:

  1. Academic research or training aid/course;
  2. Trenchless project completed
  3. New machine, tool, material, system or technique introduced;
  4. Student or young professional paper.

The Awards are presented yearly at the ISTT's annual International No-Dig Conference. Since 1986, ISTT has recognized more than 60 trenchless organizations and individuals through this program. Click here for more details.

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ISTT Affiliated Society Lifetime Service Award

In the mid to late 80s, leaders in the trenchless construction community began to form national and regional societies to promote the science and practice of trenchless technology for the public good. Today, there are approximately 30 Trenchless Societies, affiliated with ISTT, representing more than 40 countries that share this mission. More than a dozen of these societies have been affiliated with ISTT since the early 90s. Seven have been members of ISTT for more than 20 years.

Some Affiliated Societies now have, or have recently had, key figures retire -- individuals, who were instrumental in the formation of their society and in the promotion and advancement of trenchless technologies in their region. ISTT has established the ISTT Affiliated Society Lifetime Service Award to recognize these individuals for their contribution to advancing the acceptance of trenchless technologies in their region..

Any Affiliated Society may nominate candidates for the ISTT Affiliated Society Lifetime Service Award who have retired or are retiring from active participation in the trenchless industry. The application must state the name of the nominee, list relevant professional and educational background, and describe in 1,000 words or less the specific actions and activities of the candidate as they relate to the advancement of trenchless technology within the Affiliated Society. There is no limit to the number of individuals within a Society who may receive the ISTT Affiliated Society Lifetime Service Award so long as the individual fully meets the criteria for this award.

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ISTT Gold Medal

ISTT recognizes individuals who are judged to have made an outstanding and exceptional individual contribution to trenchless technology. This special award has been presented only five times in the 25-year history of ISTT. Click here to see trenchless leaders who have received ISTT's highest award.

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ISTT fellow program

As a recognition for long-term involvement in the ISTT and technical or professional contributions to the ISTT, the ISTT Board has created the membership grade of ISTT Fellow.

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  • Have been an ISTT member (or worked for a company holding an ISTT Corporate Membership) for a cumulative total of at least 15 years (gaps in membership are permitted and membership can either have been through an ISTT Affiliated Society or as an International Member in the case that there was/is no ISTT Society in that region).
  • Have registered for and attended at least 12 International No-Dig Conferences (exhibit only or 1-day registrations are not counted as full attendance).
  • Had a minimum of 5 technical papers included in ISTT Conference Proceedings.

How to apply

An ISTT Member wishing to be considered to be named an ISTT Fellow should submit an application via the online form providing :

  • name, address, email address, phone number
  • half- to one-page biosketch
  • a list of the years of ISTT membership with Affiliated Society name, category of membership (i.e. as an individual or under a corporate membership), and corporate membership name if pertinent.
  • a list of the ISTT International No-Dig Conferences attended as a full registered participant.
  • Citation information for the papers published in ISTT Conference Proceedings.
  • a list of the years of services and position with Affiliated Society

Selection Process

Once the ISTT has verified the data submitted, the candidate’s name will be considered by a special review committee. Applications that are sent forward by the review committee will then be examined by the ISTT Executive Council before the final decision is made. The granting of Fellow status is based on significant accomplishments in the field of trenchless technology as demonstrated, for example, by work experience, by publications, by inventions, by technology advancements, or by mentoring of individuals.

The special review committee is also empowered to make its own nominations for ISTT Fellow in special cases where an individual has made notable technical and/or professional contributions to the ISTT over a long period of time but does not meet specific aspects of the standard eligibility criteria.

When approved, the individual will be entitled to refer to themselves as “ISTT Fellow” or “Fellow of the International Society for Trenchless Technology” and will receive a certificate confirming their status as ISTT Fellow. Click to view the ISTT fellows

The ISTT Fellow designation is a continuing recognition but, to retain the ISTT Fellow designation, the person in question must remain an ISTT member in good standing either as an individual member or under a Corporate Membership. Once an ISTT Fellow status has lapsed, the individual will still be able to list the former status as ISTT Fellow with the years that the status was held. To apply to be reinstated as an ISTT Fellow, a letter requesting a reevaluation should be submitted to the ISTT Executive Director.