Features

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Working deep underground inside a large pipe or other enclosure requires specialized training, equipment, work procedures and safety practices.

John W. Jaeger, Senior Project Manager, Binkley and Barfield Inc.

The Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Group of Binkley & Barfield Inc. (BBI) has established a systematic methodology to manage risk through the Quality Level A through D system (QL-A – test holes, QL-B – designation, QL-C – surface feature survey and QL-D – records information) as prescribed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

While typically, the Houston area of southeast Texas experiences mild winter weather conditions, January 2014 proved that the city is not immune to the horrific winter weather being experienced across most of the nation.

Oliver Klinger, Publisher

Attendance set a record as over 420 delegates attended the Distribution Contractors Association 53rd Annual Convention at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun, Mexico. Many of those delegates were attending their first ever DCA convention.

The convention was presided over by outgoing president Tim Bell of Midwestern Contractors, Elburn, IL.

Some of the largest wind farms in the United States are using large diameter, solid wall high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit to protect electrical cables and the environment.

Two of the primary benefits of trenchless construction and rehabilitation technologies are their capabilities of replacing or rehabilitating failing pipelines in locations where it is impractical or impossible to perform extensive excavations.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Texas-based contractor Laney Directional Drilling recently employed Direct Pipe technology to make an underground wetlands crossing on a segment of a major pipeline project in the Northeast United States.

Dennis Shumard, P.E., MASCE, and Pat Moravits, BRH-Garver Construction

One of the challenges facing municipalities in the replacement of failing pipelines is that many of these pipelines are located in developed and populated areas.

Bryan Dessaure and John Prete

How do you replace two regional water delivery pipelines that run directly underneath a major interstate freeway and lay across an active earthquake fault?

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been one of the sleepiest federal regulatory agencies for the past decade, under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

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