The International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT) exists to promote the benefits of trenchless technology, and to facilitate the development and implementation of trenchless technology, worldwide. There are now more than twenty such affiliated societies in five continents, and each is entitled to nominate a director on the ISTT board. For efficient day-to-day running, an executive sub-- committee is empowered to act for the full Board.
ORGANISATION FOR TRENCHLESS TECHNOLOGISTS
Since its formation in the United Kingdom in September 1986, as an international ``umbrella`` organisation for trenchless technologists worldwide, it has since encouraged the formation of national and regional organisations to serve these technologists wherever they live, by working locally using national languages and business practices. The ISTT board manages the affairs of the society and determines its broad strategic and policy direction. It meets once a year at the international no dig event. The chairman of the board is elected for a two or three year term. The ISTT also has charitable (not for profit) status in England and a separate Board of 12 Guarantors are the trustees of this charitable status, legally liable for ensuring the Society meets its charitable objectives and complies with UK law. The Secretariat, or administrative arm of the Society is managed by a part time Executive Secretary (the principal executive officer of the Society), who is supported by a Membership Secretary and part time Technical Secretary. International working groups are established from time to time by the Board for particular investigations, studies, activities and joint activities with other related specialist organisations. The Chairman of each Working Group is responsible for the activities of the Group, and reports to the Board at the International no dig events. The ISTT was established with the following aims and objectives:
- to advance the science, practice and application of trenchless technology for the public benefit worldwide
- in ``science``, this covers training, education, publications and research
- in ``practice`` this covers all the techniques, procedures and materials, including related activities such as condition monitoring, contracting , insurance and finance
- in ``application`` this covers all manner of underground work on utility networks and related civil engineering activities
- advance the science and practice of trenchless technology for the public benefit
- promote education, training, study and research in the science and practice of trenchless technology
The society currently consists of national societies and their memberships. The ISTT registers members in London who reside in countries where there is no national society.
Organizations are subject to some simple requirements in order to be affiliated to the ISTT. These affiliated societies share the objectives of the society.
- Australasian Society for Trenchless Technology (ASTT)
- Austrian Society for Trenchless technology (AATT)
- Brazil Society for Trenchless Technology (ABRATT)
- China Hong Kong Society for Trenchless Technology (CHKSTT)
- China Society for Trenchless Technology (CHSTT)
- China Taipei Society for Trenchless Technology (CTSST)
- Czech Society for Trenchless Technology (CzSTT)
- Finland Society for Trenchless Technology (FiSTT)
- French Society for Trenchless Technology (FSTT)
- German Society for Trenchless Technology (GSTT)
- Hungarian Society for Trenchless Technology (HSTT)
- Iberian Society for Trenchless Technology (IbSTT)
- Indian Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT)
- Italian Association for Trenchless Technology (IATT)
- Japan Society for Trenchless Technology (JSTT)
- Netherlands Society for Trenchless Technology (NSTT)
- North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT)
- Polish Foundation for Trenchless Technology (PFTT)
- Russian Society For trenchless Technology (RSTT)
- Scandinavian Society for Trenchless Technology (SSTT)
- Slovak Society for Trenchless Technology (SVSTT)
- Southern Africa Society for Trenchless Technology (SASTT)
- Swiss Society for Trenchless Technology (CHSTT)
- Ukraine Society for Trenchless Technology (USTT)
- United Kingdom Society for Trenchless Technology (UKSTT)
An individual award is made, when appropriate, to persons who are judged to have made an outstanding and exceptional individual contribution to trenchless technology. The award relates specifically to individual contributions judged to meet ``outstanding`` and ``exceptional`` criteria. The award comprises a silver gilt medal inscribed around the rim with the recipient's name and an appropriate certificate. The medal is presented by the ISTT chairman at a suitable ceremony, usually the opening ceremony of an international no-dig.
The award for the most notable advance is divided into 4 categories. They are project, product, academic and student. no dig events are important for networking, marketing and general promotion of trenchless technology.