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Randy Happel, Contributing Editor

Rod Thornhill, P.E., president of White Rock Consultants, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX, is the 2015 recipient of the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA)/Underground Construction magazine’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award.

Congested, crammed, jam-packed, overcrowded, teeming: all these words seem to describe the current underground infrastructure.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Distribution Contractors Association has taken the initiative to address cross bore issues as they relate to the underground construction community. The DCA Government Relations Committee, co-chaired by Greg Dahl of ARB and Dave Wizniewski of Vermeer, led the effort to create a position paper on this safety issue of critical importance not only to the gas distribution industry, but all aspects of underground work.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The Cross Bore Safety Association (CBSA) is preparing a report titled Leading Practices for Cross Bore Safety to address underground utility crossbores, a continuing issue that affects utility providers, contractors and the general public.

Brownsville, on the southernmost tip of Texas and the northern bank of the Rio Grande, is across the border from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

On the second day of the 2015 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition, five exhibitors received an unexpected but pleasant surprise.

Representatives of each company were notified that their exhibits had been named “ShowStoppers” in UCT’s new program to recognize exhibitors that feature exciting new products or have a particular striking and impressive display.

The 2015 winners were Diamond Drilling Industries, Geneva Polymer Products, ReachMaster, Tiger Industrial Rentals and TT Technologies.

Randy Happel, Contributing Editor

Anyone who has followed her career path over the past 10 years would tell you that Megan Schueller has accomplished more in a single decade than many people realize over an entire lifetime.

Traci Read, Managing Editor

The Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) concluded 2014 on a high note according to outgoing president, Mike Prior, whose term ends in April. He said the association had a “busy year” and that pipeline contractor members had begun laying “significant groundwork” for future projects.

Prior added that PLCAC members can anticipate a healthy forecast in the Canadian pipeline industry for 2015 and 2016.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In 2016, NASSCO will celebrate its 40th year of setting standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As we look forward, we also look back to those who have made significant contributions and have impacted the continued acceptance and use of trenchless technologies.

This installment in the series features Joan Stone. It is the sixth installment in a series of articles exploring the history of NASSCO through the eyes of industry leaders.

The Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) celebrated its 20th anniversary in January 2015.

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