Features

Robert Carpenter, Editor

Trepidation: [n.] a feeling of alarm or dread.
As we approached 2009 with an economy in free fall and zero confidence in any kind of positive funding trend, public works officials approached the coming year with extreme trepidation.

On Dec. 7, 2009, a new milestone was reached for auger boring machines (ABMs) using disc cutterheads. Contractor Gonzales Boring & Tunneling bored a landmark crossing length of 600 feet using a 42-inch diameter small boring unit (SBU-A).

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Contractors and other operators of off road, diesel powered equipment are encountering a growing number of public construction projects that require retrofits of diesel engines powering older equipment.

Traci Read, Senior Editor

Nearly 90 attendees heard the city of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department Director Michael Marcotte address the Dec. 9, 2009 luncheon of the Underground Construction Technology Association held in Houston.

Oliver Klinger, Publisher

With the PHMSA in the process of developing guidelines to further clarify baseline and integrity assessment requirements for cased pipe, Mears invited a group of customers to its test-and-research facility for a hands-on workshop of External Corrosion Direct Assessment applications of cased pipes.

Dr. Lawrence M. Slavin, Dr. Oleh Kinash, Dr. Mohammad Najafi

In support of belowground installations, the ASCE has recently published MOP No. 118 for Belowground Pipeline Networks for Utility Cables.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

In spite of a worldwide recession that has affected most areas of construction, members of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) were busy throughout 2009, said association President Don W. Thorn.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Every year is busy and eventful for the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), one of the most visible and active trade associations representing the interests of its contractor members in the underground construction industry.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The past year has been another busy one for NASSCO – the National Association of Sewer Service Companies – as the association continues to make significant contributions to the storm and sanitary sewer rehabilitation industries.

Rita Tubb, Managing Editor

Projected growth in North American natural gas supplies and market growth in the U.S. and Canada will require billions of dollars of additional investment in pipeline, storage and other midstream infrastructure through 2030, according to a new study released by the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Foundation Inc.

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