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It’s official. The always eagerly-anticipated benchmark industry educational program of the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) has been announced. I say “eagerly-anticipated” not to hype the conference, but purely to reflect the extraordinary high level of interest we get each summer as the clock ticks down to the final program.

There’s no doubt that the success of any underground installation project depends on critical information provided drill operators by locating systems.

Clock Spring Company L.P. has appointed Buddy Powers as director of sales for North and South America.

The RX95 crawler offers narrow-diameter capability for environmental and industrial applications, and integrates with existing ROVVER X system components for maximum affordability.

AECOM and URS Corporation announced on July 13 the execution of a definitive agreement under which AECOM will acquire all outstanding shares of URS for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $4 billion or $56.31 per URS share, based on the AECOM closing share price as of July 11. Including the assumption of URS debt, the total enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $6 billion.

Atlas Copco has announced that Swanson Industries, Morgantown, WV, is now carrying the Powercrusher crushing and screening line of equipment.

Laney Directional Drilling Company, the world’s largest independent horizontal directional drilling (HDD) company serving the oil and gas pipeline industry, has been acquired by an affiliate of Maxim Partners LLC and Falcon Investment Advisors LLC.

Operators will experience short cycle times, high breakout force and excellent controllability with the new Tier 4 Final compliant L250H wheel loader from Volvo Construction Equipment.

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas is introducing their first attachment product line to the North American market: a full line of hydraulic breakers.

In May 2008, the National Association Of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) launched the Inspector Training & Certification Program for Cured-In-Place Pipe (ITCP-CIPP).