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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.

There was a time in the mid-80s when business and other organizations began to discover that “cell” phones were more than a novelty -- they could be used to keep in touch with personnel in the field.

A new 27,000-pound pullback model has been added to the Ditch Witch line of horizontal directional drills.

Dan Murphy, outgoing president of the Pipe Line Contractors Association and president of Precision Pipeline LLC, welcomed 628 delegates to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. This represented a significant attendance increase over the 2012 convention.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Government departments across the nation continue to address failing culverts that pose serious risks to state and interstate highways and city streets.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is reviewing a draft of a proposed Standard Specification for Horizontal Directional Drilling which would ensure quality trenchless installations of underground pipelines and conduits.

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