Jim Shooter, Pezzimenti Tunnelbore’s NSW Manager was awarded ASTT’s 2017 Person of the Year at the No Dig Down Under Conference earlier this year.
In his speech Jim Shooter thanked the Pezzimenti Tunnelbore team and accepted the award on behalf of them:
“Totally unexpected and a great privilege and honour. With that list of names I feel like I’m walking in the shadows of giants, so really do appreciate, it’s a very great honour and thank you for your warm acclamation there as well. I appreciate it. As some of the boys have already mentioned there about team – I appreciate and thanks to my bosses Aurelio and Joseph for giving me the opportunity to do what I love to do.
“Also I want to acknowledge my team. They are of great value to me and I care for them very much. You don’t become recognised in this way unless you’ve got a good team under you and those of you who build a team will know exactly what I do. And so it’s to them, to those boys (and girls) back home, I’ll accept the award on their behalf. Thanks guys really appreciate it.”
Jim Shooter holds the Person of the Year Award (centre) with Pezzimenti Tunnelbore Managing Directors, Aurelio Pezzimenti (left) and Joseph Pezzimenti (right)
Jim Shooter acknowledges and thanks his team in his acceptance speech.
The ASTT person of the year award recognises an individual who has made major and sustained contributions to the trenchless industry in any area of activity within the industry. The award recognises a call over and above the call of duty to grow develop and promote the use of trenchless technology across Australasia and indeed around the world.
The award recognises a call over and above the call of duty to grow develop and promote the use of trenchless technology across Australasia and indeed around the world. Past winners of this award are 2010 – Chris Geehman, 2011 – Andy Krumins, in 2013 – Aurelio Pezzimenti and in 2015 – Lance Horlyck.
A long time member of the ASTT, Jim has most recently established and chaired the ASTT special interest group for microtunnelling. The SIG has lead and developed the microtunnelling design guidelines. These guidelines are a significant breakthrough from the previous WSA designs for Trenchless Technology. The majority of his tireless efforts have been outside his normal work activity. The template for these guidelines has now been mirrored by the ASTT’s Horizontal Directional Drilling SIG with plans to do more in the future.