Features

Traci Read, Managing Editor

Underground Construction’s 2013 census of large horizontal directional drilling contractors is an effective tool when selecting the right size of drill rig to fit specific project needs in managing a successful HDD operation.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

From design and planning through securing-right-of-way, permitting, logistics of getting equipment and material in place and actual construction, utility projects can be complex and challenging. Often environmental issues and public concerns further complicate the job.

Carlos Montes, Trenchless Technology Center

There was a time when engineers designed structures to last for eternity. Since the beginning of mankind, civilizations have desired to create an enduring legacy through their architecture. Engineers from ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece and Rome did not build their fabulous structures and monuments with the intention of having them repaired every 50 years.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Energy pipeline construction often brings to mind big, powerful machines moving across frequently rugged open country digging trench in which pipe is placed.

Michael Reed, Contributing Editor

During his 30 years in the energy business, Barry Davis has no doubt heard a fair amount of bluster and hyperbole about “big projects.” Yet, even a brief talk with the Crosstex president and CEO about the Cajun-Sibon expansion project leaves the listener keenly aware that in his mind there can be no understating the importance of this endeavor to his company.

Spectra Energy Corp. announced that Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, a joint venture of Spectra Energy and NextEra Energy, Inc., has been awarded a 465-mile interstate natural gas pipeline project by Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to begin service in May 2017.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

A major sewer rehabilitation program is under way in the city of Indianapolis addressing a backlog of structural repair and inflow and infiltration issues.

C. Vipulanadan, PhD, P.E., professor and director of Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) and Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology (THC-IT), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston

The main focus of the Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) research is on infrastructure maintenances and developing new smart materials for construction, maintenance and repair applications.

From its beginning, tunneling has been a specialty of Akkerman Inc. As the company celebrates its 40th year of continuous operation in 2013, Akkerman remains a leader in underground construction through its development, manufacture and support of quality pipe jacking and microtunneling equipment used to install a variety of underground infrastructure.

Caroline A. Fisher Technical Writer and James A. Huggins Co-Founder/Past President, CRTS Inc.

Internal corrosion creates problems wherever it lurks or even flagrantly exists, and with the Floridian Surficial Aquifer System being the sole water provider for Jacksonville, FL, residents, corrosion prevention is absolutely vital.

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