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Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) as it relates to utility construction usually is dated from the late 1980s when the first compact drill units became commercially available.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

In this issue of Underground Construction, there are several project stories that all feature radically different equipment technologies or applications. Some have been around for many decades, others just a short period.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Among its many on-going highway improvement projects, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is renovating failing culverts that are critical elements in the drainage systems that protect state and interstate highways.

In 2011, the city of Olympia, WA, was faced with finding the best replacement pipe material and installation method for an aging asbestos cement (AC) water main.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

A huge auger boring machine -- said to be the world’s largest -- has been busy in Western Canada on projects with a variety of conditions.

Kobelco Construction Machinery America has introduced the SK210 full-size, high-performance excavator to the Kobelco Mark 9 excavator series. These new Tier 4 models include the SK260, SK295, SK350 and SK485 excavators. The versatile SK210 Mark 9 delivers a 10 percent improvement in both fuel efficiency and productivity, with more power and faster engine response.

Traci Read, Managing Editor

This year, ISCO Industries celebrates 50 years of providing customers around the world with total piping solutions. The company illustrates a heritage that is unique in its history, growth and success as being one of the best in the industry for five decades.

Leidi Utility Supply Limited, a leading distributor of pipe and cable detection, inspection and maintenance equipment for major Chinese municipal governments and agencies, has partnered with Applied Felts Ltd. to provide the Chinese market with quality felt liners for cured-in-place pipe (CIPP).

Companies who do underground construction will be affected -- and not in a good way -- if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) goes ahead with its proposal to tighten its particulate matter air emissions standard, referred to as the PM2.5 standard (2.5 indicates the size of the particle).

Ashtead Group Plc, the parent of A-Plant in the U.K. and Sunbelt Rentals in the U.S., reported a company recorded fiscal year-end, pre-tax profit of £130.6 million (US$203.5 million), up from £31.0 million (US$48.3 million) the year before.

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