Stanislav Drabek received the ISTT Lifetime Service Award for his leadership and many contributions to trenchless technology in the Czech Republic. Mr. Drabek is the first to receive this award, which is given to a retired affiliated society member who has been instrumental in the formation of the society and in the promotion and advancement of trenchless technologies in the region.
Mr. Drabek’s list of accomplishments in the field of trenchless technology in the Czech Republic is impressive. Through his membership in ISTT in the late 1980s, Mr. Drabek became familiar with the potential opportunities and benefits of trenchless. In 1990, Mr. Drabek formed AD Servis Terrabor – a trenchless construction company. By 1993, Mr. Drabek had grown his business to over twenty employees.
During this same period, Mr. Drabek led in the formation of a trenchless society in the Czech Republic. In 1994, he signed an agreement with ISTT making the CzSTT the 13th regional society to affiliate with ISTT. Since the CzSTT became a member of ISTT, Mr. Drabek has served in numerous leadership roles including Vice-President and Chair of CzSTT. He has played a significant role in organizing all 17 of CzSTT’s National No-Dig conferences. Additionally, he has also served as the Chairman of the editorial board of the CzSTT magazine.
In 2001 Mr. Drabek chaired the organizing committee for the successful 2001 International No-Dig held in Prague. He has been an effective international representative for CzSTT taking part in all ISTT International No-Dig conferences and participating in every ISTT Board meeting. Under his leadership, the CzSTT has grown and thrived. During his watch, members of CzSTT have won eight first place ISTT Annual Awards, a testimonial to the commitment of CzSTT members and Stanislav Drabek to trenchless solutions.
2013- Menno Henneveld
Menno Henneveld became involved with the ISTT when he attended and participated in the 1990 Osaka No-Dig International Conference and Exhibition.
Henneveld was an early advocate of trenchless technology in Australia and a leader in the formation of the Australian Society for Trenchless Technology (ASTT), which became the Australasian Society in 1994 with the addition of New Zealand as a member. In 1991, He became the inaugural Chairman of the ASTT, a position he held until 2009. As Chairman of the ASTT, Henneveld served on the ISTT Board of Directors and in 1993 chaired a working group to produce ISTT’s first Strategic Plan.
Under Henneveld’s leadership, ASTT applied a business approach to identify the future needs and direction of the Society to further trenchless applications in the region. In support of this effort, ASTT held seven national, and two International Conference and Exhibitions in Australia – the 2000 International No-Dig in Perth and the 2006 International No-Dig in Brisbane.
In 1998, he was appointed one of two Vice Presidents of ISTT and joined the Executive Sub-committee in October 1999. Henneveld was elected ISTT Vice Chairman in May 2002 becoming the Chairman in 2005. He served as ISTT Chairman until September 2007, and was the Immediate Past Chairman of ISTT and Chairman of ASTT until he left the trenchless industry in 2009.
2014- Taigo Matsui
Upon graduating from Kyushu University in the mid 60s, Taigo Matsui began his career with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MILIT) where over the next 30 years he served in ever-increasingly responsible positions within the organization. By the early 1990s, Mr. Matsui had become the head of the Sewer Department in MILT.
In 2003, Mr. Matsui took on leadership responsibilities at the Japan Institute of Wastewater Engineering and Technology (JIWET) where he served as its Director, and with the Japan Institute for Trenchless Technology (JSTT) where served as its Chairman for over a decade.
Under his leadership JSTT broaden its membership from primarily sewer and water utilities to include the gas, and telecommunications industry, as well as other underground utility industries. As Chairman of JSTT, Mr. Matsui diligently promoted the application of new trenchless technologies to solve the challenges of installing and repairing underground utilities.
His commitment to encouraging the use of new and innovative trenchless applications helped stimulate the development of new trenchless technologies in Japan. During his tenure as head of JSTT, the Society received several awards from ISTT for Academic Research and Product Development.
During much of his time as JSTT Chairman, Mr. Matsui also served as its representative with the International Society for Trenchless Technology (ISTT) where he was a member of the ISTT management team. As a member of the ISTT Executive Committee, Mr. Matsui dedicated himself to growing ISTT’s membership in nearby Asian Countries.
Taigo Matsui’s energy and enthusiasm, and commitment to trenchless has helped grow the industry in his native Japan and in other parts of the world. Many of us feel fortunate to have known and worked with Taigo Matsui.
2014- Tsung-Shen Liao
Dr. Tsung-Shen Liao is a highly respected and important member of the trenchless technology industry in Taiwan. Dr. Liao served as CTSTT Chairman retiring in 2009. In 2014 CTSTT named Dr. Liao Honorary Chairman of CTSTT. Under Dr. Liao’s leadership, CTSTT developed the Guideline of Rehabilitation by Trenchless Technologies and launched Underground Pipelines, the official periodical of CTSTT.
Throughout his career, Dr. Liao was a key member of the Public Construction Commission, the Water Resource Agency, and the Taiwan Water Corporation where he was involved in the development of design and construction codes for Taiwan. Although officially retired, Dr. Liao remains active in the construction business. He is currently the Secretary-General of the Taiwan General Contractors Association where he continues to promote the development of trenchless technologies.
2014- Michel Mermet
Michel Mermet is an exceptional leader with over 25 years experience as an advocate for the advancement of trenchless technology in France and beyond. In 1990 Mr.
Mermet led an initiative to establish FSTT as an affiliated society of ISTT. At the time of FSTT’s creation, Michel Mermet headed the Val de Marne Technical Department in
charge of water and wastewater.
In 1993, Mr. Mermet became Chairman of ISTT. He also served as Chairman of FSTT – a position he held for many years. He subsequently
was named Chairman Emeritus of FSTT. After retiring from the French Ministry of Public Works, Mr. Mermet established a consulting practice focused on the development and advancement of trenchless technologies. During this time, he was a key player in FSTT’s successful opening of a delegation in the French Réunion Island – a union that shows much promise for extending the application of trenchless beyond France proper.