Julius Ballanco,PM Engineer’s Editorial Director, was awarded the honor of “Best Technical Presen-tation” at the CIB W62 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, in September. Ballanco’s presentation was titled “Violntly Fracturing Toilets.” The conference is a gathering of plumbing researchers from around the world and was held at Heriot-Watt University.

Ballanco had been invited to be a presenter by Prof. John Swaffield, Head of the Dept. of Building Engineering at Heriot-Watt University and one of the foremost plumbing researchers in the world.

According to a conference attendee, “Julius was the only American invited to present a paper at the conference. There was a great deal of interest in his topic and his presentation was exceptionally well received.”

The paper was originally presented at the ASPE Bi-Annual Convention in Indianapolis in 1998. It was then modified and published as a feture article in the October 1998 issue of PME.