UESI Leaders Reach Out to Organizations in China
UESI and Pipelines Division ExCom representatives attended and presented at the 2017 International Forum for Underground Space Development & Trenchless Technology Innovation conference, held May 15 & 16 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China. This international collaboration is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UESI's Pipeline Division and Zhengzhou University. Additionally, the China Railway Engineering Equipment Group Co. Ltd. gave a factory tour of their Tunnel Boring Machine manufacturing plant.
To continue fostering ASCE's International Vision, Pipeline Division ExCom members, while in China, initiated talks and is developing an agreement between ASCE UESI and the Zhengzhou University, Global Infrastructure Engineering Research Institute (GIERI). This agreement titled "Cooperative Agreement to Engage in Global Collaboration for Advancing the Built Infrastructure with a Focus on Utility Pipeline Engineering Systems", will give ASCE UESI members the opportunity to submit ideas for experimental testing of potential innovative technological solutions that can have a broad impact on the utility pipeline infrastructure industry. The Cooperative Agreement is under review by ASCE and hopefully will be executed in the near future.