The ISTT supports basic research on matters that form the basis on which practical trenchless techniques depend. Matters can range from soil mechanics, strength of materials, fluids, measuring techniques, and computing to risk analysis, economics and law.
The lifeblood of research is the publication and exchange of information. The ISTT publishes an official research journal for the society, ``Trenchless Technology Research``, as a supplement to ``Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology`` which it publishes in co-operation with the International Tunnelling Association. The combined journals have articles of equal interest to both tunneling experts and trenchless technologist. The peer review and publication of research material is a time consuming and expensive process, and hence the journal is only supplied to subscribers. ISTT members get a discount.
Forums and Meetings
An informal meeting is supported by the ISTT each year of academics and researchers, the Trenchless Technology Colloquium. This is held each year on a university campus where the delegates decide their agenda and exchange ideas on the direction for research in which trenchless technology should be encouraged and taught at first degree, masters and doctorate levels.
Monthly Magazine on the Trenchless Industry
Trenchless technology magazine began in 1992 as a bimonthly publication and quickly moved to monthly in 1994. The magazines editorial calendar provides cutting-edge information on the hottest areas of the trenchless industry. Trenchless technology refers to the numerous underground construction methods that eliminate or minimize surface disruption. The trenchless technology magazine helps in the promotion and development of the trenchless industry.
Anyone who registers will receive occasional newsletters which provide updates and information about the trenchless pipe installation business.