Editor's Log

When trying to get a handle on the economic activity, outlook and trends of the underground construction and rehabilitation industry, I keep getting mixed signals. Most of the market segments are primed and ready to take off, yet 2015 has started off slowly and tentatively.

By now, virtually all of us have refilled our gas tanks and felt a certain level of exhilaration as the bill was almost half of what it was a year ago.

Much of the country, indeed the world, is celebrating the fall of oil prices. The immediate and most obvious benefit is relief from high fuel prices.

Recent research and anecdotal evidences leaves little doubt that the United States’ fiber-to-the-home appetite continues to be ravenous.

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.

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