Features

Kit Jones, Wheelwright

Over the last week, I’ve had the pleasure of talking to some of Lester Luttrell’s close friends, family -- even a competitor or two. I received an ear-full of stories. Most of them were hilarious, some of them were serious, but all of them ended with something like: “that Lester, he was one hell of a man.”

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) closed out a busy and eventful 2011 with several significant accomplishments and continuation of a formal strategic planning process that will guide the association in the coming years.

Rita Tubb, Managing Editor

Underground Construction and Pipeline & Gas Journal’s worldwide pipeline survey figures indicate that 118,623 miles of pipelines are planned and under construction. Of these, 88,976 represent projects in the planning and design phase; 29,647 miles reflect pipelines in various stages of construction. Almost 32,000 miles of pipeline are currently being planned for North America.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The International Pipe Bursting Association (IPBA) has completed new guidelines for the pipe bursting process which will be introduced at the 2012 UCT Show (Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exposition), Jan. 24-26, in San Antonio, TX.

For more than 12 years, HDD Broker Inc. has been bringing together sellers and buyers of used horizontal directional drilling (HDD) equipment.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

TT Technologies will introduce a new pipe bursting model at the 2012 UCT Show (Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exposition) Jan. 24-26 in San Antonio, TX.

The West Side Interceptor sewer replacement project in Portland, ME, utilized a 60-inch diameter, high performance polypropylene pipe to increase conveyance capacity, replacing a smaller 100-year old vitrified clay line and separating a parallel 10-foot diameter combined sewer, which now solely conveys storm water.

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.

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