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There's no single solution to solving current and future workforce shortages of construction workers. Organizations usually must consider several options to address their individual situations.

As is the case with all national disasters, immediately following Hurricane Ike's devastation of the United States Gulf Coast last September, much of the equipment used by emergency crews, including utilities, immediately following the storm was rented.

At 260 miles long, Arizona’s Phoenix Expansion Project is a giant in the making.

Meandering through New Hampshire’s White Mountains, a large wooden penstock pipeline served as the main water supply for a local hydro facility, Jackman Station.

When a friend told Laura Placht that she’d be perfect for sanitary and storm inspection, it was beyond anything the former church secretary ever imagined as a second career.

The federal pipeline regulatory agency proposed a broad new rule which would force hazardous liquid, transmission and distribution pipelines plus LNG terminals to train and test large numbers of employees in control room operations, and implement new safety measures for SCADA systems.

FERC officials say they aren’t pressuring the competing Denali and TransCanada Alaskan pipeline projects to merge. But the two projects – one already in the pre filing process – are heading toward submitting construction applications to FERC at roughly the same time in 2011 or 2012, depending on who one talks to, in what would be a regulatory clash and crash that the agency hopes to avoid. Congress is also pressuring the two Alaskan gas transportation contestants, though very subtly.

A Senate committee’s passage of an important water infrastructure bill at the end of September was encouraging, but unfortunately not decisive.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has given verbal assurance to NASSCO that it will continue to consider the sewer rehabilitation work typically performed by its members as "maintenance" rather than "construction" as had been proposed in a rule change to OSHA's confined space standard, reports Irv Gemora, executive director of NASSCO.

Subsurface Instruments Inc. has introduced the Inspector 07, a lightweight, handheld instrument for locating buried utilities and other objects.