JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SippTech’s (www.sipptech.com) CEO/CTO Kent Weisenberg, announced today that the company has finalized the addition of three of Trenchless Technology’s foremost experts and champions, globally. Mr. Weisenberg is honored to announce the addition of Dr. Tom Iseley, Mr. Joe Barsoom as company officers and Mr. Robert Affholder to the SippTech business team and board of directors.
This collaborative development of industry leaders is a galvanization of SippTech’s approach to the modernization of Spray-In-Place Pipe (SIPP) Lining Systems. In consolidating their efforts, they have solved many of the major systemic problems found in current SIPP practices. As just one example of these efforts was the creation of SippSteel™, the first reinforced composite SIPP liner system ever and the first SIPP system globally that is certifiable as a structurally independent lining.
As pipelines continue to deteriorate around our nation and beyond, the need for standard, next generation technologies in Trenchless Pipe Solutions to advance is imperative. As the industry itself is also in demand of change, The SippTech team of highly skilled and distinguished engineers is leading the way.
“I was both honored and humbled when these gentlemen demonstrated such a sincere interest in becoming a part of SippTech’s senior management team. They will all play a critical role in advancing SippTech’s technologies as well as integrity of the SIPP industry,” Mr. Weisenberg stated.
Dr. Tom Iseley has over 40 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of underground infrastructure systems and has maintained an international leadership position in Trenchless Technology and Buried Infrastructure Asset Management. In 1989, Dr. Iseley established the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) and is also a founding director of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT). Having received many awards over the years – the ASCE John O. Bickel Award (1995), the Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award (1999), NASTT’s Life Time Achievement Award (2001), Dr. Iseley will also be inducted into the 2017 NASTT Hall of Fame. Tom has been appointed as Chief Business Development Officer at SippTech and is also serving on SippTech’s board of directors.
Joe Barsoom, has had a decorated career in civil engineering, planning, design and construction management of public works projects for the past 53 years. As Director of the Municipal Forum Program and Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Trenchless Technology Center and as Chairman of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F-17 Committee, Joe is considered one of the leading experts in the trenchless technology field. In 2000, he was voted Trenchless Technology Person of the Year was awarded the ASCE 2010 Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award recognizing his contributions to the advancement of pipeline engineering, development of engineering standards and practices for Trenchless Rehabilitation. Joe has been appointed as Chief Design Officer at SippTech.
As Vice Chairman of SAK Construction, Bob Affholder as a SippTech board member will bring a wealth of experience, having helped SAK solve the toughest, complicated tunneling and pipeline rehabilitation dilemmas. Having been the 1996 Trenchless Technology Person of the year, Bob is known as “a living legend in the U.S. tunneling and trenchless rehab industries.” He built both Affholder Inc. and Insituform Mid-America into national leaders in the pipeline rehabilitation and tunneling markets.
This assembly of distinguished leaders and long-time mentors of Kent Weisenberg, offers a unique platform of cumulative knowledge upon which to address the toughest issues of the industry and as Mr. Weisenberg stated, “It will be a privilege of a lifetime to work on a daily basis with these icons of Trenchless Technology.” Fellow colleagues and partners are anticipating a broad spectrum of transformational benefits from these new employees and board members at SippTech.