NASSCO Video Library Provides Intro to Trenchless Technologies

In order to increase awareness for all trenchless technologies, NASSCO has begun building a library of basic videos explaining the features, benefits and uses of a variety of systems and methods

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Most people know that NASSCO exists to set standards for the assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. What is lesser known, perhaps, is the second part of NASSCO’s mission, which is about ensuring the continued acceptance and growth of trenchless technologies.

While many of us have been involved in the underground infrastructure industry for decades, we must not lose sight of the fact that there are many new industry professionals joining our ranks every day. While our knowledge and experience with trenchless technologies has become second nature to us, there are many new professionals who have not yet learned the basics. If we are to prepare for the future of underground infrastructure, we need to guide young professionals as well as those just entering the industry as a second career.

In an attempt to increase awareness for all trenchless technologies, NASSCO has begun building a library of basic videos explaining the features, benefits and uses of a variety of systems and methods for the assessment, maintenance and repair of underground water and wastewater systems. Thanks to hardworking committee members and sponsors, to date NASSCO has completed the production of short videos on pipe bursting, grouting and CIPP.

By next summer — again, through committee participation and sponsorships — NASSCO will have expanded this library to include educational videos on the topics of spiral wound pipe, spray-applied pipe lining, lateral rehabilitation and manhole rehabilitation. NASSCO’s Operations and Maintenance Committee is also updating an existing (and very important) video on jetter safety. 

Finally, NASSCO’s Health and Safety Committee is busy working on two new videos on the topics of confined-space entry and styrene monitoring equipment, which will complement the existing NASSCO Health and Safety video on the topic of pipe plug safety. 

In addition to these short, introductory videos, NASSCO’s new Training Source, built on a sophisticated learning management system, provides a platform for robust educational resources. Specifically built to improve the student experience for NASSCO’s Pipeline Assessment Certification Program and Inspector Training Certification Program, the NASSCO Training Source opens up a world of opportunity for other educational tools.

NASSCO’s Infrastructure Assessment Committee has already taken advantage of this resource through the development of progressive educational videos and courses, including two new videos currently in development titled “Introduction to PACP” and “PACP for Asset Management.” The Infrastructure Assessment Committee is also busy developing a course titled “PACP Risk Management.”

It’s an exciting time for NASSCO and for our industry. We need to open doors, welcome new professionals into our world and guide them through the process of learning everything that is available through state-of-the-art equipment, materials and other resources designed to properly assess, maintain and rehabilitate our burgeoning underground infrastructure systems.

To access NASSCO videos, specification guidelines, webinars and other technical resources, visit And come back often — our resources continue to grow.

About the Author

Sheila Joy is executive director of NASSCO. She can be reached at


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