Features

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Preventing damage to underground utility infrastructure is a priority for utility operators and contractors who excavate, drill and bore in areas where there are existing utilities.

Even so, accidental strikes of underground utility lines continue to interrupt essential services, cause millions of dollars in damage every year, result in serious injuries and sometimes loss of life.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Directional drilling installations that a dozen years ago would have been considered impossible are routinely performed today. Projects in difficult conditions that made industry news then are commonplace now.

Even on the flattest terrain, infrastructure development projects present challenges. But put crews to work on an installation high in the Rocky Mountains, and the degree of difficulty increases with every 1,000 feet above sea level they climb. On these alpine jobsites, rock, weather and environmentally-protected boundaries rule the day, turning plans -- sometimes literally -- upside down.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Rehabilitation of failing sanitary sewer systems is a high priority for many cities in the United States with major projects under way relining and replacing aging and failing mains.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) posted record numbers at its 2011 Annual Meeting and CGA Excavation Safety Conference & Expo held March 8-10 in Orlando, FL.

What do you call a job that requires four different pipe jacking pits to install a new 72-inch sanitary sewer pipe? While that may sound like a standard job, the reality was much different.

Smartphones, 3G and 4G networks are everywhere, offering wireless subscribers virtually instant access to data and electronic communications from anywhere at any time.

Thanks to the scores of recently developed mobile devices and applications -- as well as the introduction of new ones seemingly on a daily basis -- the demand for mobile data is skyrocketing.

Municipalities across the country are getting into the exercise movement to ensure the health of their water valves. That’s right -- water valves. These hidden, but important, devices lie beneath the city streets and their health is important to our overall security in stopping the potential of contaminants from entering the water supply.

Legend has it that Cincinnati, like Rome, was built on seven hills. Contractor Midwest Mole Inc., Indianapolis, IN, is continuing the local history by constructing seven sewer tunnels in a landmark project that is challenging common trenchless methods for long bores.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

CenterPoint Energy Inc., Houston, TX, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission and distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines and field services operations. It serves more than five million metered electric and natural gas customers in six states: Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

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