Features

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Contractors involved in horizontal directional drilling (HDD) often must work through difficult projects, many with unexpected challenges. However, Oregon contractor Apex Directional Drilling has a history of seeking out complex projects that other HDD specialists are reluctant to take on.

Traci Read, Managing Editor

The year 2012 proved to be another strong year of growth and expansion for the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT), reports George Ragula who is wrapping up his two-year term as the NASTT chairperson and as representative for the society’s international affiliate, the ISTT.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The members of the Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) enjoyed a stable year through 2012, said Tommy Muse, the association’s president.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

As the old saying goes, money makes the world go round. From the municipal perspective, the world stopped going round about four years ago. But there is emerging a legitimate undertone of hope for improvement emerging from many municipal personnel.

A recently released report Gas Distribution Infrastructure: Pipeline Replacement and Upgrades prepared for The American Gas Foundation by Yardley Associates provides insight into the need for Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) to replace or upgrade existing pipeline infrastructure.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) closed out a strong 2012 with an impressive growth in membership, record attendance at association meetings, active educational programs and an energetic government relations program.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) had an active 2012 focused on its mission of providing key industry information and assistance to its members, reports association president Ricky Dyess.

G & W Construction is a utility contractor based in Morehead, KY, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

The most significant federal action this year affecting underground construction companies is likely to be the final rule from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on excavation damage. The rule will have two parts. One will define minimum excavation damage program standards for states.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Accidental damage to underground utilities continues to occur with disappointing frequency, despite programs implemented by the Common Ground Alliance and ongoing efforts of utility owners and operators, One-Call organizations and other groups with a stake in protecting buried facilities.

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