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The 2010 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exposition – best known as the UCT show – was held in Florida for the first time in January at the Tampa Convention Center.

For the second consecutive year, there were concerns that the continuing recession would impact attendance, and, in fact, final attendance figures showed a slight decrease from the number that attended the 2009 UCT in San Antonio.

Even so, UCT was termed a success.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

For home internet users with broadband connections, "high speed" service usually is considered a necessity. Yet there are many regions in America that do not have broadband access, and an increasing number of small communities recognize attracting new business is unlikely to succeed without access to broadband.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The debut of the Damage Prevention and Safety Conference at the 2010 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) got off to a promising start, said event coordinator Walt Kelly, and participants were enthusiastic about the content and value of educational sessions and hands on training.

Michael Rocco, Trenchless Manager, AUI Inc.

One of the most culturally diverse cities in the country, Albuquerque, NM, has the same problem as many municipalities--old and failing interceptor sewer lines. However, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) took a proactive approach to address this problem rather than a reactive approach of waiting for a failure.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Harr Technologies' trenchless method of cleaning culverts and its successful use on projects in Alaska resulted in company owner Bob Harr being asked to help solve a critical problem threatening to close the James Dalton Highway, well known to American television audiences from the series Ice Road Truckers.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

During 2009, members of the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) dealt with the effects of a continuing economic recession as well as making a transition in leadership with the retirement of longtime Executive Vice President Dennis Kennedy and hiring as his replacement Robert (Rob) Darden.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Members of the American Pipe Line Contractors Association (APCA) experienced a relatively "good" 2009, despite the worldwide recession that has negatively affected many construction markets.

Rita Tubb, Managing Editor

The latest figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicate that close to 70 million customers rely on the nation’s natural gas distribution network to deliver fuel to their home or business. Natural gas is delivered to customers through a 2.3-million mile underground pipeline system.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Manholes are critical assets of the nation's underground wastewater infrastructure. Recently updated manhole inspection and rehabilitation guidelines are aimed at improving manhole structural integrity by identifying issues and the appropriate methods of repairing and rehabilitation so that timely maintenance prevents major problems.

E. Marshall Pollock

Over the past decade, as utilities and their underground contractors look for more efficient, economical and environmentally friendly ways to make repairs to underground utilities and install buried infrastructure, they are beginning to realize many benefits associated with keyhole technology.

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