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T. Baker Smith LLC (TBS) welcomes Gary N. Oradat, P.E. as engineering principal in charge for the greater Houston area and central Texas. His background includes tenure as executive director of the Coastal Water Authority, as well as 23 years of service with the city of Houston’s department of public works and engineering where he held numerous positions, including deputy director for engineering, construction and real estate and deputy director for public utilities.

The Ditch Witch organization has partnered with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) to develop a video that shares instructions for safe, productive operation of vacuum excavation equipment on the jobsite. Members of the AEM, including the Ditch Witch organization, recognize that more contractors are taking advantage of versatile, productive vacuum excavators, which are designed to minimize damage to utilities and contribute to a company’s overall damage prevention routine.

Robert (Rob) Allen McKim, Ph.D., passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep at the age of 58 on March 21.

Dan Koziczkowski has been promoted to serve as Super Products’ vice president of sales and marketing.

Construction employers added 19,000 workers to payrolls in March, bringing industry employment to the highest level since June 2009, while the industry’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest March level in seven years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

A one-day conference and exhibit was organized by the Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston, on “Infrastructure, Energy, Geotechnical, Flooding and Sustainable Issues Related to Houston & Other Major Cities” at the University of Houston on March 7.

David Magill

In 2016, NASSCO will celebrate its 40th year of setting standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Moody Gardens is a public, non-profit vacation and educational destination on Galveston Island, TX, utilizing nature to advance environmental research, conservation and rehabilitation, while providing interesting recreational opportunities.

I’ve received a variety of interesting comments and reactions regarding my March 2014 Editor’s Log entitled “Labor: Inhibitor To Growth?” That column discussed the ongoing shortage of skilled labor in the underground utilities/pipelines construction and rehabilitation industries. It created an interesting dialogue.

FMI, a leading provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, has released its latest whitepaper, “Skills Shortages in a Booming Market - The Big Oil and Gas Challenge.”

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