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Ron Halderman, director of horizontal directional drilling for Mears Group, was inducted into the National American Society for Trenchless Technology Hall of Fame in March.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The new Ditch Witch HDD Advisor is an intuitive, web-based tool to help select the best downhole tool options to match the drill unit being used plus job site soil conditions – key elements in successfully completing any horizontal directional drilling (HDD) installation.

Jeff Griffin , Senior Editor

After hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms and other natural disasters that disrupt vital infrastructure services by downing overhead power and communications lines, there invariably is the question: “Why don’t they put those wires underground?”

There are two obvious answers:

• Immediately after such disasters the priority is restoring services, not planning and executing projects to convert aerial to underground; and
• It costs too much – funds simply are not available for costly overhead-to-underground conversions.

Key House members berated the federal pipeline safety agency in advance of upcoming efforts by Congress to reauthorize federal pipeline safety laws.

Company process its one thousandth HDD rig.

Polyflow LLC announced that its board of directors has selected Jim Moore as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Schneider Electric announced the new flood management tools now available on its MxVision WeatherSentry Water Edition, a weather management tool specifically designed to help water utilities better anticipate severe weather events.

The Southern Delivery System (SDS), one of the largest water projects under construction in the western United States, completed 50 miles of pipeline construction in March.

View the 2014 HDD Rig Census here.

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