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NASSCO, the National Association of Sewer Service Companies, recently conducted its first-ever Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) course in Spanish. Held in Bogotá, Colombia, on Oct. 17-18, the instruction included the recently-translated PACP manual and training materials.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The Northeast Trenchless Association (NTA), the nation’s most active regional trenchless industry organization, is closing out a busy 2012 and preparing for the association’s 2013 annual meeting in January.

The Turkish Society for Infrastructure and Trenchless Technology (TSITT) held the No Dig Turkey 2012 Conference in Sanliurfa, Turkey, on Oct. 2-3, with the valuable support of the International Society of Trenchless Technology. Many local and international participants attended this unique trenchless event.

In 2013, the RehabZone will be an integral part of the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) to be held Jan. 29-31 in Houston, TX.

Organizations exhibiting their products and services along with underground construction professionals that serve the broad range of utility construction and rehabilitation markets, are eagerly anticipating the 2013 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) Jan. 29-31, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

RST Global Communications, LLC (RST), based in Shelby, N.C., has completed the first phase of its Real Fiber Network, an underground, 100 percent fiber-optic network that includes backbone, middle and last mile installation.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

A front-locating accessory kit that effectively tracks the underground location of pneumatic piercing tools has been introduced by HammerHead Trenchless Equipment.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

For some time now, horizontal directional drilling (HDD) has been capable of replacing open-cut construction on segments of many projects. The benefits of HDD are well known -- it can minimize excavation, dust pollution, and reduce damage to surface improvements which can significantly lower time-consuming and costly restoration of surface damage.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

A recent project to install more than 6,200 feet of electrical transmission lines in Orange Beach, AL, included multiple challenges, including two intersecting horizontal directional drilling (HDD) pilot holes beneath Wolf Bay inter-coastal waterway channel to complete a single crossing.

On Sunday, April 8, a water main beneath the Boise River near East 52nd Street burst when a dislodged tree floating in the river crashed into it. Immediately, water to supply hundreds of homes in the Plantation neighborhood of Garden City, a suburb of Boise, ID, was disrupted. The city worked quickly to patch the damaged pipe, which was originally installed in the riverbed during the 1970s, but knew a more permanent solution was needed.

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