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Set among rolling ranchland and majestic live oaks in the limestone-laden terrain of Texas’ famed Hill Country, San Antonio-based contractor SACC Inc. enlisted a trio of Vermeer track trenchers to carve an intricate network of roads and utility lines that now serves as the infrastructure for an exclusive residential community.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

On Feb. 27, the drill head of a horizontal directional drilling (HDD) machine clipped a 5/8-inch gas line in a residential neighborhood of Royal Oak, MI. Escaping gas migrated to a nearby home and soon after the drilling crew left for the day, the gas ignited, destroying one home and killing its owner.

More than eight years ago, representatives of municipalities and consulting engineers were asking that industry neutral training be made available, particularly applicable to the inspection of pipeline rehabilitation projects.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

For homeowners and businesses that have natural gas service, this economical and dependable source of energy is taken for granted for heating, hot water supplies and often for cooking.

If Ronald Cline was the type to back away from a challenge, it’s entirely possible that a natural gas gathering line, now securely in place in central Arkansas, would likely not have been installed underground. But this conscientious and ingenious native Razorback devised a trenchless approach that resulted in the successful completion of a continuous bore amid some of Arkansas’ most treacherous terrain, and through some of the state’s toughest and trickiest rock.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

One day last March, a Duke’s Root Control crew achieved a significant milestone when it applied root treatment chemicals to the company’s 200 millionth foot of sewer pipe.

NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Contractors) continued its strong growth cycle with another successful annual convention boasting record attendance numbers.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The collection and analyzing of data about accidents damaging the nation’s underground utilities is significantly helping efforts to develop and implement programs to protect underground facilities, Robert Kipp, president of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), said in a presentation at the 2013 UCT Show in Houston in late January.

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.

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