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Increases in public-sector construction spending, driven by stimulus funds, helped boost total construction activity by almost $2 billion between February and March, according to a new analysis of federal spending figures released May 3 by the Associated General Contractors of America. The figures show that the stimulus has gone from slowing declines in construction spending to contributing to increases, the association noted.

Joseph W. Barsoom, P.E., PLS, senior principal engineer, Parsons Brinckerhoff, will be honored as the recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2010 Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award. The award recognizes Barsoom’s contributions to the advancement of pipeline engineering.

Major updates have been made the 2000 Trencher Series necessitating that all model numbers have been changed, and in some instances, new ones added.

A study funded by the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI) that evaluated the successful use of corrugated, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe for use under heavy rail car loads with shallow cover, is now available on-line: www.plasticpipe.org/drainage/cppa_technical.html.

The 14/14 rock trencher is an extremely versatile 14 tonne machine.

The new Rivard RIV-523 TR250 Rock-Saw Trencher is ideal for wind farms, fiber networks, and oil and gas pipelines up to 8 inches in diameter.

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The Madewell PortaMortar machine mixes, pumps and sprays high build restoration mortar and 100 percent solids epoxy coatings in difficult to reach areas.

In a transaction that surprised most of the underground construction industry, the Earth Tool Co. and its HammerHead product line was acquired by The Charles Machine Works Inc., manufacturer of Ditch Witch equipment.

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