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Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Protecting the nation’s buried utility infrastructure is a continuing challenge for utility providers and the contractors that maintain and install the new pipes and cables needed to keep pace with growing demands of business and residential users.

Ask any underground contractor what is the most crucial element to a successful utility installation operation, and you will almost always be told to follow proper utility locating procedures.

Vacuworx, a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of vacuum-lifting technology and material-handling equipment, has received the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Exporting.

The University of Houston Alumni Association (UHAA) has selected Rafael Ortega, P.E., vice president of Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN), as a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree.

Dr. John Matthews and Dr. Sai Vaidya

What’s one of the biggest barriers to maintaining the nation’s water infrastructure? Adequate funding, of course – many municipalities struggle to find enough resources to support their maintenance projects. But there’s another obstacle and it’s related to asbestos.

Congress set up a new federal financing authority for water infrastructure construction.

Editor’s Note: The following comments are in response to the March Editor’s Watch column written by Underground Construction Editor Robert Carpenter, entitled “Labor: Inhibitor To Growth?”

PCCA held its first Project Manager Academy (PMA) Jan. 13-16, in Atlanta, and by all accounts, it was wildly successful as participants, instructors and the association came away enlightened, enriched and energized.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has updated its Roller Compactor and Directional Drilling Tracking Equipment Safety Manuals with new pictorial graphics that conform to ISO and ANSI standards and are included in the AEM Pictorial Database.

Sprayroq Inc., an industry leader in the development of spray-applied polyurethane solutions for infrastructure rehabilitation, corrosion management and infiltration control, welcomes Empipe Solutions Ltd. of Hannon, Ontario, Canada, to its Sprayroq Certified Partner (SCP) network.

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