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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.”

Robert Carpenter, Editor

It’s really only been a little over 20 years since horizontal directional drilling effectively became mainstream for all rig sizes. In that time, the technology has progressed from a unique method for installing large diameter steel pipes under streams and rivers, to a procedure that can now shoot a tiny conduit from street curb to home.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Electrical cable for power distribution systems has been placed underground for decades. In fact, it would be unusual today to even consider installing aerial power or communications cable in a new residential development, office park, government or institutional campus.

David Michaels, the new administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is turning up the heat on industry, and critics of the agency under George W. Bush are pointing the Obama administrator toward the pipeline and underground construction industries.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Hope Crossing, a suburban housing development in northeast Oklahoma City, may not look much different than other housing additions of attractive, moderately-priced homes, but it is unique. Hope Crossing is the largest “green” Habitat for Humanity housing development in the United States.

Southeast Directional Drilling has acquired the assets of Frontier Pipeline, a Minnesota-based horizontal directional drilling (HDD) company. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

ISCO Industries, a Louisville, KY-based distributor and fabricator of piping products, recently held an open house in its newly refurbished and enhanced Houston facility. The facility was updated to offer more services and solutions to customers in the area.

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