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The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) held its first Professional Development Conference (PDC) Nov. 2-4, at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX.

Pipe laser technology from AGL Construction Lasers, Topcon Positioning, Leica Geosystems, Apache Technologies and AGATEC Construction Lasers.

When Hanover Engineering began work on a 20-mile long sewer project estimated at $18 million, they knew it wouldn’t be easy, specifically analyzing the subsurface rock on the trench lines. Traditionally, this task would require boring test holes approximately every 30 feet — a tedious and time-intensive approach, but one that is still regularly used.

Karl Trauner, outgoing president of the International Pipeline and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA) and Managing Director of HABAU, welcomed over 630 delegates to Beijing, China, for the 45th annual convention in September.

A Pennsylvania regulation became law in August that will help prevent the discharge of incompletely treated frac water from natural gas drilling into area rivers. Altela Inc., a water treatment company based in Albuquerque, NM, has begun implementation of the solution to the frac water problem at a plant in Williamsport by treating 100,000 gallons a day of frac water to better than drinking water standards.

George Gabrielse, 83, father of DCA Past President Jack Gabrielse and uncle of DCA Past President Ken Gabrielse, passed away on Sept. 26.

Godwin Pumps, manufacturer of the Dri-Prime automatic self-priming, dry-running pump continues to support emergency relief efforts throughout the East Coast after Hurricane Irene.

U.S. exports of construction equipment continued to grow in 2011 and ended the first half of the year up 48 percent compared to January-June of 2010.

Volunteers are busy finalizing plans for the 2012 RehabZone, the popular sales-free “show within a show” at the annual UCT Show (Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exposition). The events will be held Jan. 24-26 in San Antonio, TX.

The Tennessee Valley Authority serves 9 million customers in seven states, and two-thirds of its power is generated from coal. So the fact that Spectra Energy is installing a 24-inch gas pipeline through northern Tennessee to feed a TVA power plant is news in itself. But the construction of the North East Tennessee pipeline (NET), due to be completed in September, touches on some of the most discussed issues in the industry.

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