The last Novel Construction Spring Session took place at the Hotel Ripa Roma, Italy on Wednesday and Thursday, 19-20 April 2023.

Presentations on innovative developments were made on Wednesday morning, followed by Novel group work sessions in the afternoon. Group presentations were then given on Thursday morning.

Click HERE to review the agenda of the session.


After a short introduction on IPLOCA by Innovation Manager, Grégoire de Montmollin, the agenda included several presentations on new technologies in the industry from knowledgeable speakers. The presentations subjects were the following:

The Role of Green HDD for Eco-Friendly Pipeline Installation
Simon Herrenknecht, Herrenknecht AG
Laurini IBEX – Four Track Drive Skid
Marco Laurini & Michelangelo Blasi, Laurini
Evaluation of Pipeline Surface Preparation
Frits Doddema, MONTI
Project Construction Quality Management: Insights and Analytics on Project Progress, Safety and Quality
Rene Ramirez, Blue Sky Evolution
Pipe-in-Pipe Construction and Preheating of Pipelines
Joseph Gilmartin, Fluor
New Flexible System for Abrasion-Resistant Overcoat
Natale Fabrizio Civardi, LK2 Srl
Digging Deeper: New Innovations in Trenchless to Revolutionize Infrastructure Development
Kim Abrams & Roberto Zillante, Petra

Group work sessions were then held during the afternoon.


After the group work sessions on Wednesday, the different groups presented the results of their discussions.

Logistics Group
J-B Rousseau, Spiecapag
Coatings Group
Somaieh Salehpour, Seal for Life Industries
New Trends & Innovation Group
Chérif Yaker, CRC-Evans/Somico (on behalf of Mustafa Abusalah, CCC)
Steep Slopes Installation
Matt Granger, Ledcor
Earthworks & Crossings Group
Joseph Gilmartin, Fluor
Energy Transition Group
Adam Wynne Hughes, PIH (on behalf of Andy Ball, J. Murphy & Sons)

Other presentations

Road to Success Platform Update
Grégoire de Montmollin, IPLOCA
IPLOCA Members Technology Platform
Grégoire de Montmollin, IPLOCA