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Thomas R. Fuszard

Utility districts understand that water and sewer pipes deteriorate over time. This is especially true for concrete pipes installed in sanitary sewer systems. An inherent issue with sewage is the build-up of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas, which can have far-reaching effects that may not be noticeable until a major problem occurs.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

“Why don’t they just put everything underground?” It’s a question heard repeatedly after major storms knock out vital power and communications services, and one that utilities often were asked after last winter’s storms left hundreds of thousands of Americans without electrical power.

Caterpillar, Inc. announced July 1 that it has acquired all assets of Underground Imaging Technologies, Inc., an advanced geophysical services company and technology developer based in Latham, N.Y. The acquisition will give Caterpillar the capability to provide geophysical services, specializing in providing three-dimensional representations of underground utilities and other targets.

J. Marcus “Mark” Laney of Laney Directional Drilling, Humble, TX, accepted “Pipeliner of the Year” award from the Pipeliners Association of Houston. The award was presented to Laney during the association’s monthly meeting held on June 7 at the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society Building. Laney was recognized for his exemplary work in both road boring and horizontal directional drilling (HDD).

Robert Carpenter, Editor

As the current recession begins to ebb, market stabilization in 2010 seems to be a viable goal for many contractors in the underground construction market, with many areas still struggling to survive another tough year.

Starting July 1, The Association of Equipment Manufacturers will be accepting nominations of industry leaders to its Hall of Fame. The goal of the program is to create a wider public understanding and appreciation of the industry's role, in the past and for the future, in global economic and social prosperity. Nominations must be made online at the Hall of Fame site.

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) Board of Directors has selected Ted DeBoda, P.E., to succeed Irvin Gemora as Executive Director. DeBoda is currently manager of the URS Corporation’s Baltimore Office.

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the nation's leading organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them, today announced a partnership with The Home Depot to educate customers on the importance of calling prior to digging.

Salina, KS, city personnel began in 2009 to explore the various replacement methods and procedures to replace an aging 12-inch, vitrified clay pipe (VCP) gravity sewer with a 24-inch pipe line for needed increased capacity.

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