Features

Traci Read, Managing Editor

Each year, the underground construction industry recognizes a person who makes a significant, positive difference to their business or organization. The 2013 Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award, presented jointly by the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) and Underground Construction magazine, was bestowed to Antonio “Tony” V. Almeida, P.E., business development manager, Halff Associates.

The 2013 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) posted the highest attendance for the annual event since the 2002 event. The official attendance count for 2013 was more than 2,600, said Karen Francis, show manager.

Nearly 16,000 vehicles travel through the Port of Miami, FL, daily, clogging downtown streets, creating safety hazards and restricting the port’s growth. With little land available above ground to expand roadways and bridge structures, the Port of Miami tunnel project will help relieve some of the congestion with the construction of twin tunnels. The total construction costs are estimated to be $607 million.

Traci Read, Managing Editor

As a professional excavator, if you are digging or placing any object in the ground, you are required to get marks indicating the location of underground utilities. The person doing the excavating is the person that has to make the call.

New faces, familiar faces, all with smiles and a thumbs-up thank you.

That’s how Daniel Magill describes the 2013 RehabZone at the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) held in Houston the last week of January.

Among the longest-established trenchless installation methods is the use of pneumatic piercing tools: an option that has been providing contractors with a cost-effective and easy-to-use alternative to trenching for nearly half a century. Water, gas, sewer and electrical interests have all benefited from this established and proven underground method, which also serves as an efficient alternative to larger directional drilling equipment. As is the case with nearly every installation approach, piercing tools are most effective when used in specific situations.

Even the most highly visible public works projects depend on improvements to and protection of the invisible underground infrastructure. That’s what keeps Goliath Hydro-Vac Inc. busy. The 10-year-old contracting firm based in Jordan, MN, uses a fleet of hydro-excavating trucks from Vactor Manufacturing to tackle a variety of construction and remediation projects that require special attention to existing underground infrastructure.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

While some projects are more dangerous than others, most construction work involves risks that can cause serious injury and death.

Oliver Klinger, Publisher

Attendance was up by almost 100 people as the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) attracted 415 delegates to its 52nd annual convention at the Lowes Hotel in Miami Beach, FL. One in four of those delegates were attending their first ever DCA convention. Fourteen past presidents also attended – a record – and Dave Nelson of Pilchuck Contractors was inducted as an Honorary Member.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

"Progress in Efforts to Eliminate Crossbores" was the topic of one of the presentations in the Damage Prevention and Safety track at the 2013 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition.

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