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The Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) made a return visit to San Antonio in January drawing a crowd of more than 2,450 and hosting ancillary association and private corporate business meetings. Previously, UCT was in San Antonio in 2009.

The old adage “don’t muddy the water” doesn’t apply to horizontal directional drilling (HDD) where the water is supposed to be muddy. Drilling fluid (mud) extracts particles and cuttings from the bore hole, as well as stabilizes the hole itself. Mud has always been an essential element to a successful drilling operation.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

In 2011, Interactive Pipe Inspection (IPI) completed inspection of more than 50,000 feet of 30- and 48-inch diameter sanitary sewer lines for King County, WA.

What sets the project apart from routine pipeline inspections is that the sewer lines were underwater in Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

It’s been more than six months since operation and ownership of water and sanitary sewer services in Indianapolis transferred from the city to a non-profit charitable trust, but most residential and commercial customers likely have experienced no difference in the day-to-day operation of these services.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The McLaughlin Group has introduced a new auger boring steering system that provides both left/right control as well as vertical grade control.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Most members of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) were busy throughout 2011 with major projects to further develop the expanding shale gas and oil markets.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

For the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) and most of its members, 2011 was another good year with the majority of members involved with new pipeline construction projects or work to expand and maintain pipelines already in place, said John Fluharty, the association’s president.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The Power & Communication Association (PCCA) and its members continued to navigate difficult economic times in 2011, looking for new opportunities and for ways to work smarter, reports Tim Wagner, PCCA executive vice president. PCCA maintained a positive bottom line throughout 2011, had strong attendance at its meetings, and had a solid 4 percent membership increase from 2010.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Panoramic pipe inspection technology has taken the process of inspecting sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water pipes to new dimensions, providing a 360-degree look at inside pipe surfaces and detailed information a step further past the capabilities of conventional pan-and-rotate inspection cameras and equipment.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

After several years of the Great Recession, America’s underground infrastructure – already stretched thin before the economic crash – is rapidly approaching crisis levels, say city respondents to the 15th Annual Underground Construction Municipal Sewer & Water Survey. However, a majority of the survey participants believe that their city’s financial woes bottomed out in 2011 and anticipate the beginning of a slow turnaround late in 2012.

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