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Updated on 23 June 2021

Due to the pandemic, ISTT has decided to merge the 2020 and 2021 and also the 2022 awards program. The winner will be determined at the International No-Dig 2022 Helsinki (3-5 October 2022). This will allow us to present the awards in a manner worthy of the projects.


The submitters of the entries received to date can choose among these options:

1)   Keep the entry for 2022 (no action needed)

2)   Withdraw the entry (contact

3)   Revise the entry for 2022 (contact


All the authors of the existing entries will be contacted by ISTT shortly.

The new dates for the 2020-23 awards program are:


Submission Site Closed  : 1 July 2022 (GMT 17:00)

Notification to Applicants: 1 August 2022

Awards Ceremony: During the International No-Dig 2022 Helsinki (3-5 October 2022 -date to be determined)

Any award application must be endorsed by the Affiliated Society where the activity took place (no document required but make sure to notify to the local Affiliated Society).

Submit entry

Note: Entries to category "2- Trenchless Project" and "3- New machine" are limited to ISTT (affiliated society) members having corporate membership (added from 2018). If you are not sure of your membership type, please contact your local society.


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. Illustrations should be inserted to the text (one file per entry). Specify the category of the award from below.


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 aid/course.
  2. Trenchless project completed (projects completed within a year or two)-limited to Corporate members.
  3. New machine, tool, material, system or technique introduced- limited to Corporate members.
  4. Student or young professional paper - Members regularly 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 International, (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.


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 Machines 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 -