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Want to know what's happening with leaders in the underground construction industry--what they can do, where they can do it, and what's next? Check out the 2010 Capabilities Guide, where companies show off their strengths and innovations for the underground market. Need more information than you find here? Don't forget to investigate the buyer's guide.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world's largest industrial auctioneer, will be selling a professional-driven 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix NASCAR race car in an unreserved public auction being held at the company's permanent auction site in Houston, Texas November 3 - 4. A 1998 Jaguar, a 1978 Corvette Indy pace car and a Bentley are other specialty cars also being sold along with 2,300+ heavy equipment items on auction day. More information is available at www.rbauction.com.

RS Technik AG, a world leader in trenchless pipe rehabilitation and repair solutions, has launched a new website, www.rstechnik.com.

Aries Industries has been instrumental in helping the Chilean government successfully locate a group of trapped minors using an Aries deep well camera system. The families and rescuers of 33 trapped Chilean miners were finally able to view their loved ones due to the Aries’ camera. The camera system has been used in coal mine disasters in this country and was made available to Chilean rescuers.

WERF is now accepting proposals under the cooperative agreement Innovation and Research for Water Infrastructure for the 21st Century. More than $1 million in total funding is available for research that will generate innovative technologies, techniques, and tools to assist or improve sustainable management, operations and maintenance, and replacement of aging infrastructure in the wastewater and stormwater sectors. Proposal packages must be received by 4 p.m. EDT, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010.

Organized by the Ontario Regional Common Gound Alliance (ORCGA), this year’s Locate Rodeo in Ontario, Canada on June 25 was open to locate technicians throughout Ontario. Up to 40 technicians were invited to display their skills locating in once category, either gas, power, telecom and water categories. Technicians using Radiodetection locators swept the board in gas and water and took first and second place in telecom and second and third in the power divisions.

Gary Montgomery, chairman of the board of Montgomery & Barnes Inc., a Houston-based civil engineering and consulting services firm, announce that President Wendell (Buddy) Barnes is now majority owner. This has enabled the firm to qualify as a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Montgomery will remain as chairman of the board.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Early in 2011, ownership and operation of the water and wastewater utilities of the city of Indianapolis will shift from the city to a charitable trust, the Citizens Energy Group, which was established more than 123 years ago by the municipal code as the department of utilities.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

When President Obama came out with his “bold” vision for renewing and expanding infrastructure in America, it was much lauded by the White House as a plan that combines a long-term vision for the country’s infrastructure future with new investments.

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