Submit Your Entry

Note: The entry for the No-Dig Award 2023 is closed. The winners will be announced on 17 Ocotber, during the No-Dig Mexico's Award Ceremony.

ISTT is excited to announce the call for entries for the 2023 ISTT No-Dig Awards. These awards are given to individuals and organizations that have achieved outstanding accomplishments in the trenchless technology industry. The winners receive extensive recognition via magazine articles and website presence.  We encourage you to apply for this opportunity. 


  • Entries to category "2- Trenchless Project" and "3- New Technology" are limited to ISTT (affiliated society) members having corporate membership. If you are not sure of your membership type, please contact your local society.
  • Any award application must be endorsed by the Affiliated Society where the activity took place or to which the applicant belongs (no proof documents required).
  • The award-giving ceremony will be conducted during No-Dig Mexcio but the attendance is optional.

The following items are required to complete your submission.

1. A 200-word summary.
2. The complete paper (in a single PDF file).
3. One or two images representing your entry.

Closing date: 31 August 2023 (17:00 US EDT)

How to submit

Applications must be in English and should be prepared with the below criteria in mind with a maximum of 1000 words supported by suitable illustrations in PDF. One or two images representing your entry should also be submitted. Specify the category of the award from below and send it with the entry form.


Four categories are eligible to receive Awards as shown below. Awards may not be made in all categories in a given year.

  1. Academic research or training course.
  2. Trenchless project completed (projects completed within a year or two)-limited to Corporate members.
  3. New technology (tool, material, system or technique introduced)- limited to Corporate members.
  4. Student or young professional paper - Members enrolled in college or university, or spending at least half their time on academic course work.

The aim of ISTT is to promote the science and practice of trenchless technology, and the Awards are to raise the profile and status of the Society and its Award Winners.All award winners (1) are recognized at the Gala dinner and presented a trophy and certificate, (2) are featured in an article in Trenchless Works (official magazine), (3) are added to the published list of ISTT award winner role of honor posted on the ISTT website, and (4) are authorized to use the ISTT logo on promotional material related to the award activity or recipients. In addition, the winner may be afforded an opportunity to make a brief presentation on the activity that received the award at the Conference time and schedule permitting. The student award winner receives a small cash award and limited financial travel assistance to attend the Conference.


Trophies are awarded to winners.

Trenchless Works December 2022

Download the article on Trenchless Works to see the articles.


Criteria for selection of Awards are as follows:

  • Does the entry make a contribution to the advancement of trenchless technology world-wide?
  • Does the entry contribute to protecting the environment and/or reduce social costs?
  • Are the above benefits clear from the entry?
  • Is the entry innovative, ingenious, elegant or novel?
  • Is the entry commercially and economically practicable?
  • Will the award make an impact with the media, decision-makers and the general public?
  • Will the award impress ISTT members?
  • Has the entry been well explained and presented?

Applicants for the categories of Trenchless Project and New Technology should demonstrate a practical use or development of trenchless systems or equipment for the installation or rehabilitation of underground utility networks. For example, entries may address achievements in:

  • Improved economy and competitiveness of trenchless installations;
  • Length and speed of drive for installation, replacement or renovation;
  • Accuracy or size of installation;
  • Materials used;
  • Ground conditions successfully dealt with;
  • Improved acceptability for clients, operators and/or environment;
  • Underground detection, recording and mapping of obstacles, both natural and man-made;
  • Health and safety of employees and the general public;
  • Matters related to training in the field of trenchless work; and
  • Research into any of the topics related to working on underground utilities.

Hope to receive many entries from all around the world.

ISTT team -