Features

Kent Weisenberg

In the spring of 2008, a reliability engineer at a major oil refinery contacted Inspar Robotic Technologies Inc., regarding concerns about the continual microbial corrosion problems they were encountering. The facility was experiencing multiple perforations in a progressive sequence from the effluent source in their hydrocarbon pipelines.

When Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment acquired Bobcat Company in 2007, many wondered how the long-distance relationship with the South Korean manufacturing giant would work out. Now, almost three years later, the answer is clear. Bobcat is reinvigorated and aggressively improving their equipment while continuing to expand the product lines.

Thomas R. Fuszard

Utility districts understand that water and sewer pipes deteriorate over time. This is especially true for concrete pipes installed in sanitary sewer systems. An inherent issue with sewage is the build-up of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas, which can have far-reaching effects that may not be noticeable until a major problem occurs.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

“Why don’t they just put everything underground?” It’s a question heard repeatedly after major storms knock out vital power and communications services, and one that utilities often were asked after last winter’s storms left hundreds of thousands of Americans without electrical power.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

As the current recession begins to ebb, market stabilization in 2010 seems to be a viable goal for many contractors in the underground construction market, with many areas still struggling to survive another tough year.

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) Board of Directors has selected Ted DeBoda, P.E., to succeed Irvin Gemora as Executive Director. DeBoda is currently manager of the URS Corporation’s Baltimore Office.

Salina, KS, city personnel began in 2009 to explore the various replacement methods and procedures to replace an aging 12-inch, vitrified clay pipe (VCP) gravity sewer with a 24-inch pipe line for needed increased capacity.

Teams cleaning up after the oil spill in the Gulf have deployed a new tool to help with their efforts--McLaughlin vacuum excavators. Vacuum excavators are being deployed on barges into the Gulf and used to remove oil from the miles of skimmers located along the Gulf Coast.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Rigonomics: [n.] efficiently and effectively conducting HDD operations to ensure maximum profits
Plan the work, work the plan -- good advice no matter what the job. On construction projects, failure to properly follow that simple advice can result in lost and wasted time, costly errors and accidents.

NASSCO member Stephen Tilson, Collection Systems Operations Consultant, Tilson Associates

Of all sanitary sewer operations, blockage removal is perhaps the most demanding and highly visible. For the purpose of this discussion a blockage is defined as the “stopping or interruption of sanitary sewerage flow.”

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