Ditch Witch

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

A front-locating accessory kit that effectively tracks the underground location of pneumatic piercing tools has been introduced by HammerHead Trenchless Equipment.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

For some time now, horizontal directional drilling (HDD) has been capable of replacing open-cut construction on segments of many projects. The benefits of HDD are well known -- it can minimize excavation, dust pollution, and reduce damage to surface improvements which can significantly lower time-consuming and costly restoration of surface damage.

Rubber tire trenchers from Ditch Witch, Vermeer, Astec Underground and Mid America Trenchers.

The fourth annual Tulsa Pipeline Expo (TPE) wrapped up in late August and event coordinators are already looking forward to number five. Over 150 exhibitors from across Oklahoma converged on Tulsa to display their wares and network with others in the energy industry.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

UPDATED: The Charles Machine Works (CMW), Perry, OK, has continued its aggressive underground industry expansion efforts with the pending purchase of American Augers and Trencor from Astec Underground, Loudon, TN, a subsidiary of Astec Industries Inc., Chattanooga, TN. The two companies entered into a formal agreement on Oct. 31, for a cash purchase price of $55 million. Both companies expect the sale to be completed by Dec. 31.

When problems threatened a segment of the eight-mile, Edwards to Meadow Mountain natural gas pipeline upgrade in Colorado, Fugal Pipeline Project Manager Brady Hansen had to make a decision.

Walkover locator options from Ditch Witch, Radiodetection/SPX Corp. and Digital Control Inc.

HDD rigs from TT Technologies, Barbco, American Augers, Vermeer, Astec Underground and Ditch Witch.

Ground penetrating radar options from Sensors & Software, Ditch Witch, Geophysical Survey Systems Inc., US RADAR, Radiodetection and Vermeer.

Ditch Witch of Oklahoma recently teamed with Chesapeake Midstream Partners and Call Okie to create “We Dig Schools,” an educational program that teaches elementary students the importance of pipeline safety and calling 811 before digging to avoid utility service interruption and injury.

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