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No matter where you live, underground utility installations get a lot more difficult when the ground freezes. However, the last several years have proven to be especially tough for Calgary contractors, ever since their traditional ground-thawing techniques of coal burning have been outlawed. In fact, the new rules have severely slowed most wintertime utility installations in the city, as contractors have struggled to find new ways to fight the frost.

The Third Annual Tulsa Pipeline Expo, held Aug. 29-31 in Tulsa, OK, welcomed almost 700 people and 86 exhibitors to an event designed to showcase Oklahoma’s leading businesses in energy, infrastructure and construction sectors.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Two Iowa underground construction contractors have teamed to establish a field tiling operation that has adapted global positioning system (GPS) technology to control grade of drainage “tile” they install in state corn and soybean cropland.

Matt Timberlake, President, Ted Berry, Trenchless Technologies Team LLC, International Pipe Bursting Association Marketing Committee

Pipe bursting is a proven method for replacing underground pipelines and is the only method of pipeline rehabilitation and replacement that can increase the size of an existing utility without trenching. This article will discuss the replacement of large diameter pipes.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

A new, hands-on Skills Challenge will be the latest innovation featured in the 2012 RehabZone at the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exposition (UCT), Jan. 24-26 in San Antonio, TX.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Sherman & Reilly, long a leading manufacturer of equipment for installing power and communications cable, has introduced the first models of its new Revolution Series, a generation of equipment focusing on safety, ergonomics and efficiency.

The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) held its first Professional Development Conference (PDC) Nov. 2-4, at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX.

Catherine Watkins, Contributing Editor

Karl Trauner, outgoing president of the International Pipeline and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA) and Managing Director of HABAU, welcomed over 630 delegates to Beijing, China, for the 45th annual convention in September.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Volunteers are busy finalizing plans for the 2012 RehabZone, the popular sales-free “show within a show” at the annual UCT Show (Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exposition). The events will be held Jan. 24-26 in San Antonio, TX.

Erin Nelsen, Online Editor

The Tennessee Valley Authority serves 9 million customers in seven states, and two-thirds of its power is generated from coal. So the fact that Spectra Energy is installing a 24-inch gas pipeline through northern Tennessee to feed a TVA power plant is news in itself. But the construction of the North East Tennessee pipeline (NET), due to be completed in September, touches on some of the most discussed issues in the industry.

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