Editor's Log

As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. In some cases, that’s a good thing.

Federal standards for off-road diesel engines were first adopted in 1994 for engines over 50 horsepower and called Tier 1.

It’s official. The always eagerly-anticipated benchmark industry educational program of the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) has been announced. I say “eagerly-anticipated” not to hype the conference, but purely to reflect the extraordinary high level of interest we get each summer as the clock ticks down to the final program.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

The serene sounds of summer are being played out across the country as the weather heats up. Or not.

The headline from a recent Wall Street Journal article read “Seven States Running Out Of Water.” It took a moment for the significance of that statement to sink in. How could an entire state be running out of water, the essence of life?

Often, detailed industry insights are hard to mine from the limited data sources generally available.

I’ve received a variety of interesting comments and reactions regarding my March 2014 Editor’s Log entitled “Labor: Inhibitor To Growth?” That column discussed the ongoing shortage of skilled labor in the underground utilities/pipelines construction and rehabilitation industries. It created an interesting dialogue.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

More and more each day we are seeing statistics reflecting what most of us in the pipeline industry already know: the economic impact of a booming energy industry – pipelines included – is primarily responsible for economic condition of the United States.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

People get old. People get disinterested, want to come home at night after a day’s work or simply believe they are entitled to an air conditioned and heated job environment. People just don’t find the working in the construction market appealing. For whatever the reason, the underground construction market is increasingly feeling the pinch of a limited labor pool.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

February is always a landmark issue of Underground Construction. We always print plenty of extra copies, yet we always run out. We’re bombarded by requests as to when the issue will be posted online and/or can they get a PDF of a particular article.

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