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Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The ubiquitous, low fences around perimeters of construction sites are so common these days they don’t draw the attention they once did. Every construction site on which the earth must be excavated or otherwise disturbed has one or several such fences, but their function often is misunderstood.

Datta Shirodkar, Boyer Inc. and Michael Spero, P.E., Danby LLC

The Waterfront Mall Project under construction in Washington, DC, will contain retail stores, restaurants, offices and residential units. Through the middle of the site there is an existing 100-year-old, 90-inch diameter storm sewer about 800 feet long. In what should have been a relatively simple project to rehabilitate the pipe, with a few significant yet manageable challenges, circumstances quickly changed to create the “job from hell.”

Robert Carpenter, Editor

The drilling accident in the Gulf of Mexico and subsequent massive oil leak continues to make daily headlines in all media forms. The impacts and fallouts from this disaster will continue to be felt for some time.

If Congress finally passes a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) reauthorization this year, it may be because of Dunkin' Donuts. A store outside Boston was the scene of a near riot in May when it was unable to offer its customers coffee because of a shortage of water caused by a breach in a seven-year old water pipe which affected over two million Boston residents. The Boston newspapers called the water disaster "Aquapocalypse."

The second annual Tulsa Pipeline Expo will be held Sept. 1 – 3, at the historic QT Center, formerly known as the International Petroleum Expo building at the Tulsa, OK, fairgrounds. The Tulsa Pipeline Expo (TPE) was created in 2009 and designed to showcase the thriving industries of energy and infrastructure in the Tulsa area, said TPE President Shawn Lowman.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Drive past most any construction site, and there’s a good chance many of the machines working there are rented, clearly marked by decals of the rental company that owns them. Most construction specialty niches rent equipment, including utility providers and contractors engaged in underground utility construction.

Traci Read, Senior Editor

Most sewer infiltration enters structurally sound sewer systems through joints, manholes, service connections and the first few feet of the service lateral. This infiltration adds to treatment costs and increases the risk of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). A proven and economical way to permanently stop these leaks is with chemical grout.

For the 15th year, the Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosted a one-day conference on "Construction, Geotechnical, Hurricane and Flooding Issues in Houston & Other Major Cities" at the University of Houston on April 23. More than 280 attendees consisting of owners, consulting engineers, material suppliers, contractors and academia attended and participated from across the U.S.

Kent Weisenberg

In the spring of 2008, a reliability engineer at a major oil refinery contacted Inspar Robotic Technologies Inc., regarding concerns about the continual microbial corrosion problems they were encountering. The facility was experiencing multiple perforations in a progressive sequence from the effluent source in their hydrocarbon pipelines.

When Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment acquired Bobcat Company in 2007, many wondered how the long-distance relationship with the South Korean manufacturing giant would work out. Now, almost three years later, the answer is clear. Bobcat is reinvigorated and aggressively improving their equipment while continuing to expand the product lines.

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