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Matt Timberlake, President, Ted Berry Trenchless Technologies Team LLC

Pipe bursting is a reliable and proven method of replacement of deteriorated or under capacity utility lines. The IPBA has developed a recurring series of technical articles and this article will be written with the understanding that the reader has an advanced knowledge of the pipe bursting process.

National Equipment Register (NER), which provides information about equipment theft risk, has completed a data sharing arrangement with Vermeer Corp. to help Vermeer customers combat equipment theft. NER is a division of the Verisk Crime Analytics unit at Verisk Analytics.

Black & Veatch’s first Strategic Directions in the U.S. Water Utility Industry Report identifies top challenges in the water and wastewater industry. The report is based on a comprehensive survey of U.S. utility leaders and includes analysis and recommendations from Black & Veatch water industry experts.

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) has recently launched WATERiD, an on-line living knowledge base that permits utilities to easily share their experiences, information and lessons learned in managing the nation’s water infrastructure.

The outlook for the equipment rental industry shows increased optimism as first-quarter performance was better than expected, resulting in a more positive outlook for the full year, according to the latest data released by the American Rental Association (ARA).

Ditch Witch of Oklahoma recently teamed with Chesapeake Midstream Partners and Call Okie to create “We Dig Schools,” an educational program that teaches elementary students the importance of pipeline safety and calling 811 before digging to avoid utility service interruption and injury.

David J. Scarpato, P.E., Haley & Aldrich Inc.

Rock mass properties will almost always have a profound influence on the excavatability of any feature to be constructed in bedrock.

LoJack Corp. has released its 12th annual Construction Equipment Theft Study. According to the report, LoJack-equipped construction assets worth about $8.8 million were recovered in 2011. A total of 40 people were arrested by the police as a result of recoveries involving these assets.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors welcomes the release of EPA's Integrated Planning Framework for implementing the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Framework, (also known as IP3), is designed to promote greater flexibility for cities struggling to finance and maintain existing wastewater infrastructure and services and respond to new federal regulations that expand city responsibilities, such as costly control of stormwater and sewer overflows.

Critical times lie ahead.

The jury is still out on whether extenuating factors from around the world will impact the U.S. economy and send us into another recession by 2014. There are paths to take that could mitigate those circumstances, but the course will largely remain unresolved until after the November 2012 elections.

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