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Randy Happel, Contributing Editor

Anyone who has followed her career path over the past 10 years would tell you that Megan Schueller has accomplished more in a single decade than many people realize over an entire lifetime.

Traci Read, Managing Editor

The Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) concluded 2014 on a high note according to outgoing president, Mike Prior, whose term ends in April. He said the association had a “busy year” and that pipeline contractor members had begun laying “significant groundwork” for future projects.

Prior added that PLCAC members can anticipate a healthy forecast in the Canadian pipeline industry for 2015 and 2016.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In 2016, NASSCO will celebrate its 40th year of setting standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As we look forward, we also look back to those who have made significant contributions and have impacted the continued acceptance and use of trenchless technologies.

This installment in the series features Joan Stone. It is the sixth installment in a series of articles exploring the history of NASSCO through the eyes of industry leaders.

The Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) celebrated its 20th anniversary in January 2015.

It has been a long time coming for the Florida Keys, but the enormous undertaking of connecting all of the islands to central sewer lines to replace the use of septic tanks is nearly complete.

Sunil K. Sinha, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Co-Director, ICTAS Water Infrastructure Center of Excellence, Virginia Tech University

In recognition of the national need and Virginia Tech University’s strengths in water infrastructure management, ICTAS established a Center of Excellence in Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management (SWIM).

Justin Reeves, P.E.

Spurred by a booming job market, affordable housing, proximity to an international airport and its central location in the U.S., the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has experienced a significant population growth over the last decade.

The War Memorial Park traffic tunnel project on Buckle Street in Wellington, New Zealand is scheduled to be completed by ANZAC Day in 2015, marking the 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign commemorating all New Zealanders killed in war and honoring returned servicemen and women.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The city of Fort Worth is in the fourth year of a multi-year program with the goal of inspecting all of its large-diameter sanitary sewer lines, grading their condition in order to schedule needed repairs and rehabilitation, and addressing the most critical needs first. (A separate program addresses smaller-diameter pipes.)

Randy Happel, Contributing Editor

An experienced panel of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) experts with several prominent underground construction companies shared challenges, concerns, frustrations and optimism during a roundtable discussion held in conjunction with the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) in January at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

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