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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.

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.

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