The Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University is a cooperative research center for academia, government and industry. The Center’s mission is to advance trenchless technology by serving as an independent source of knowledge, research and education in the field.

Trenchless technology includes a large family of methods used for installing and rehabilitating underground utility systems with minimal surface disruption and destruction resulting from excavation.

About Trenchless Technology Center

The Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) was initiated as the Trenchless Excavation Center in 1989 and formally established as the Trenchless Technology Center in November 1991. It was created to promote research, development and technology transfer in the trenchless technology industry. The Center has been active in fulfilling its objectives. In addition to its research activities, a strong effort has been focused towards the education of engineers, contractors, government agencies and others about the availability and capability of trenchless methods for the solution of difficult underground infrastructure problems. The Center has also worked with various organizations in evaluating and developing new technologies for the industry.

Funding for the TTC comes from a variety of sources. In broad terms, Louisiana Tech University and industry base support each provide about 20 percent of the total funding for the center. Contract research for federal and state agencies and industry groups provides about 50 percent of the total funding. Other income such as from publications and seminars and from private donations total less than 10 percent of the funding. The university provides space for the center and provides the partial salary support for the Trenchless Technology Center Director and other key faculty necessary for the administration of the center. The university also provides support for graduate student research and other miscellaneous expenditures. Industry contributes financial support and expertise – principally through the center’s Industry Advisory Board. Other organizations such as the Contractors’ Educational Trust Fund of Louisiana also have an important support role through their support of the Construction Engineering Technology and Civil Engineering programs at Louisiana Tech University.

The strength of the Trenchless Technology Center derives from several factors.

  • The TTC university-industry-government partnership that provides the direction to the center’s programs to ensure that they reflect the needs of the industry and the potential users of the technology.
  • The interdisciplinary faculty draw on a broad range of experts in the development of new trenchless technologies.
  • Specialized testing facilities have been developed to answer key questions about the applications of trenchless technologies.
  • Active technology transfer and information dissemination activities allow the latest technologies to reach those who can make effective use of them.


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