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An up-to-date list of the bentonite drilling fluids currently offered, including products from Baroid Industrial Drilling Products, Century Products, CETCO Drilling Products, I.E.S. Drilling Supply, INROCK/Drillers Supply, M-I SWACO, Polymer Drilling Systems and Wyo-Ben.

Details on walkover locators from Radiodetection/SPX Corp., Digital Control Inc. and Ditch Witch.

HDD rig specifications from TT Technologies, Ditch Witch, Central Mine Equipment, Vermeer, American Augers, Barbco, Astec Underground and Universal HDD.

SaniTite HP, a new polypropylene sewer pipe from Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS), which meets ASTM F-2736 and F-2764, was recently used in a municipal project in the Kentucky heartland.

Recent business news from Driver Pipeline, Super Products, ISCO Industries, Thompson Pump & Mfg., Inspar Robotic Technologies, Akkerman, Caterpillar, Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Co., ITT, Canberra Pumps, Geospatial Holdings, Interplastic, iRENTequip, Reed Manufacturing and JCB.

I read recently where more government agencies have rationalized getting involved in determining transmission energy pipeline routes. Apparently, there is a perception that pipelines often go through more impoverished areas and in today’s politically-correct charged culture, that just cannot be allowed to happen without further investigation and, of course, construction delays. After all, this is the 21st century where private business is under siege. Why should pipeline construction be any different?

Joseph L. Abbott, Jr., national sales manager for Godwin Pumps, passed away on Sept. 12.

For a dozen years, Municipal Forums sponsored by the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University have been bringing vital information about the various trenchless technologies to municipal and public works officials. The forums are also attended by consultants, contractors, suppliers and other interested parties.

Advertisers from the print edition of Underground Construction, September 2010, Volume 65 No. 9.