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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.

Teams cleaning up after the oil spill in the Gulf have deployed a new tool to help with their efforts--McLaughlin vacuum excavators. Vacuum excavators are being deployed on barges into the Gulf and used to remove oil from the miles of skimmers located along the Gulf Coast.

ITT Corporation announced June 21 that it intends to buy Godwin Pumps for $585 million. The deal brings the world's largest manufacturer of submersible pumps together with the largest producer of diesel-driven dry install pumps, and the combined organization is expected to become the largest company providing drainage pumps serving the global industrial, construction, mining, municipal, oil and gas segments.

Updates from Akkerman, GTI, Vermeer, CONTECH, Caterpillar, Ditch Witch, CNH, ADS, Lockwood Andrews & Newnam, SAK and more.

Two North American firms that specialize in horizontal directional drilling, Brotherton Pipeline and Direct Horizontal, have merged their equipment and workforce to form Brotherton-Direct.

PipeLine Machinery International (PLM), Caterpillar’s global pipeline equipment dealer, has recently teamed with Cranesmart Systems and is the exclusive distributor of the Pipelayer System, the industry’s first wireless load monitoring indicator (LMI) system for pipelayers.

TERRA AG has developed a manhole HDD drill that is able to undertake directional bores from manhole to manhole and from manhole to all near-by homes. At 2.5-feet depth, telephone cables can be laid; water lines at 4-inch depth, and gas or power lines at 5 feet.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Rigonomics: [n.] efficiently and effectively conducting HDD operations to ensure maximum profits
Plan the work, work the plan -- good advice no matter what the job. On construction projects, failure to properly follow that simple advice can result in lost and wasted time, costly errors and accidents.

NASSCO member Stephen Tilson, Collection Systems Operations Consultant, Tilson Associates

Of all sanitary sewer operations, blockage removal is perhaps the most demanding and highly visible. For the purpose of this discussion a blockage is defined as the “stopping or interruption of sanitary sewerage flow.”

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