Features

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.

Traci Read, Managing Editor

Underground Construction’s 2012 census of large horizontal directional
drilling contractors is an effective tool when selecting the right size of drill rig to fit specific project needs in managing a successful HDD operation.

Since 1991, the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University has been working to develop its role in support of the development of trenchless technologies and the more effective installation and management of the nation’s buried infrastructure.

Matt Timberlake, President, Ted Berry Trenchless Technologies Team LLC

As a utility owner, there are many benefits that merit consideration of pipe bursting for your next utility renewal project. However, in today's ever-growing marketplace, there seems to be a never-ending supply of new methods that are touted as the next best thing.

The fourth annual Tulsa Pipeline Expo (TPE) wrapped up in late August and event coordinators are already looking forward to number five. Over 150 exhibitors from across Oklahoma converged on Tulsa to display their wares and network with others in the energy industry.

The 46th Annual International Pipeline and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA) Convention convened recently in Istanbul, a dynamic city where East meets West and the past and present collide. The venue was perfectly suited as the 680 delegates from around the globe.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

When he took the telephone call, Jim Lee was busy preparing to leave town.

He was at home in the Jackson, MS, suburb of Brandon and would leave the next day for an extended trip that would take him to auger boring job sites in New York, Wisconsin and Canada. Such a schedule is routine for Lee, a field service technician for American Augers.

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