Features

66th Annual PLCA Convention, Feb.18-22, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Bonita Springs, FL.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

For NASSCO (the National Association of Sewer Service Companies), 2013 was a year of continuing accomplishments in its 35-year mission to establish industry standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of the sewer pipelines and promote continued acceptance and growth of trenchless technologies in the sewer industry.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

Despite Continuing Funding Concerns, Budgets Expected To Rise

Rita Tubb, Executive Editor

Local distribution companies (LDC) remain the backbone of the nation’s natural gas distribution network. Natural gas utilities serve more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across the nation. Gas is delivered through a 2.4-million mile underground delivery system with an outstanding safety record.

The distribution network also includes measurement and pressure regulators, corrosion control equipment and valves and meters, all of which must be operated, maintained and upgraded by the local natural gas utility.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Establishment of new educational programs, creation of a task force to address the growing shortage of labor, successful annual and midyear meetings and membership growth were among highlights of 2013 for the Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA).

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) and its members had a busy and productive 2013, reported Nick Bruno, association president.

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Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

A horizontal directional drilling (HDD) installation completed last summer under the Sabine River and nearby swamplands is believed to be the longest ever made at 11,065 feet.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Developing and implementing an effective safety and damage prevention program for a construction company of any size is a critical and challenging task. However, the larger the organization, the more complex it is.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Kevin Miller, president of Miller Pipeline, stressed that “damage prevention and safety occupies a unique position in our company. The management of Miller Pipeline not only has identified employee safety as one of the company’s core values, but placed it at the top of the list. This has not just been done in writing, but more importantly it is clearly visible through the company’s actions.

A trenching project for a new, combined sewer overflow (CSO) separation pipeline in Lewiston, ME, led to an unexpected, emergency sliplining of a sanitary sewer line. The job also had other challenges which included a massive rock ledge, old buildings virtually on the edge of the trench along with the existing sewer that was found to be leaking effluent.

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