Regulations seem to typically make our lives in this industry more challenging and add more work but sometimes they create an opportunity to be more creative in our thinking and come up with innovative solutions. Case in point with a recent project in Alabama.
A Looking Good store that sells mens clothing and sportswear was scheduled to be built in, in Montgomery, Ala., The engineers and design team needed to create a stormwater retention system to detain runoff onsite and release it slowly into the municipal system, as required by the local regulations. However, there wasn’t quite enough space so an underground system was offered up as the solution.
“If the engineers used an above-ground detention system, the site would have lost 22,000 square feet, which would have cost the owner about $166,000,” said contractor Danny Clements at Danny Clements Builders. “Instead, an underground system is conveniently located under the parking lot, taking up no usable space.”
You can read more about this neat project and how this team created a highly viable solution that met local regulations at:
I just got back from the Pumper and Cleaner Expo in Louisville like a good many of you and what I saw on education day was a real need for information.
Attendees were seeking knowledge as well as strategic connections. So, as industry pros, let’s make it easy for them. Become a member of the NoDigNetwork.
Take it one step further and make sure you complete your profile so people can see your role in the industry. This will help you make networking connections. Also publish videos or articles – let members know what you know and how you might be able to help them.
But most importantly, we can’t keep it unless we give it away, so invite your prospects and colleageus to join too so they can reap the benefits of networking and tapping into our knowledgebase.
They are looking for us, help them find their way!
We’ve had some positive response to this new social network for trenchless pros and we appreciate those visionaries who accepted our site pre-launch invitation or found us accidentally and decided to join in the fun.
We want to build this new community just for the trenchless industry big and strong. As people who work in the water, wastewater and stormwater field, if we all invite just a few industry friends and they invite a few friends – well you get the idea.
We aren’t looking to be another Mark Zuckerberg but hey, one never knows! With a little help from all of our friends in the trenches or should I say trenchless, it could happen.
I look forward to connecting with you online!
Mentoring and connecting with others who share common goals and issues has been an absolute vital key to my company’s success and my personal growth.
When most of us who are in the industry first arrived, we were lucky enough the find a mentor, a field-wise guy or gal who generously shared their knowledge with us so we could grow and carry the torch onward.
I had the opportunity to work in numerous other industries before finding trenchless technology and I have to share that one of the primary reasons I feel so strongly about helping to make this industry stronger and better is because of the help and true generosity of spirit that you find here among the people that have made this work one of their life’s passions.
By creating the NoDigNetwork, I hoped to give back just a little bit to the industry that has given me so much. I encourage those “wise men” and “wise women” who choose to become members of our online community to use this site as a platform to mentor those whoa re new to this field and pass on the valauble lessons we have learned. By sharing the intellectual wealth, all that we have learned will not be lost when we move onto to other pursuits.
Technology providers also need to share their information and help educate the next wave of decision makers who will utilizing and employing your trenchless technology solutions.
By all of us sharing what we know, our industry grows and prospers.
Thought for the day…You can’t keep it unless you’re willing to give it away.
“It would be really great if there was one spot where you can get info, network, post jobs, sell things, go to webinars, oh yeah, and if it could work like a social network like Facebook, that would be awesome.”
As a web development and marketing company within the water and wastewater infrastructure industry, we were approached by two key clients, Jerry Gordon of Sprayroq, Inc. and Leke Osi of Easy Liner LLC about the possibility of creating an online resource for the industry that would encompass all the features found through a number of other great online places, but all under one roof.
At the time (about two years ago), there was a lot being done with open source technology (free stuff that everyone has access to and can modify for their own needs) for web development but it wasn’t quite there. Late 2009 heralded the breakthrough of some incredible new technologies and what we all dreamed of creating, finally looked really possible.
So, the NoDigNetwork was born. We rolled out a prototype in early 2010 but in the summer and early fall, made significant design changes to what you see online now.
We invite wastewater, stormwater and potable water professionals and students to come and join in the fun this unique online community has to offer for those responsible for maintaining and managing our planet’s vital infrastructure.
“There’s a place for us. Somewhere a place for us…”
In the words of Stephen Sondheim, there is a place for us—the hardworking folks of the water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure industry. An online place where we can network and communicate with others who “get” us, the important and other thankless jobs we do and appreciate the challenges and rewards of our dynamic career choice.
Where is this place? Answer: The NoDigNetwork.com.
The NoDigNetwork.com is an online community and social networking site similar to well known sites like Facebook or Linkedin but with a different twist. This site is focused just on the needs of our industry. It is designed to help members make valuable connections, keep up with the latest trends and technologies and gain insight on how to make their infrastructure systems better and their jobs easier.
This new online community goes a few steps further too with a live chat feature, extensive reference library, industry news feeds, job board, classifieds and an industry events calendar.
Membership is free and open to anyone who works in, serves/supplies or is studying to enter the water,wastewater and stormwater infrastucture industry.