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Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

The biggest issue for the underground construction industry in 2010 is not whether Congress and the Obama administration will unveil a second round of infrastructure spending, but whether that second helping of funds for sewers and drinking water systems will find its way into financial bloodstreams faster than the first injection did.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Contractors and other operators of off road, diesel powered equipment are encountering a growing number of public construction projects that require retrofits of diesel engines powering older equipment.

Project Engineering Consultants (PEC), Phoenix, AZ, won an Engineering Excellence Award for the city of Phoenix Water Services Department 2005 Relief Sewer Project, constructed at 35th Avenue and Peoria Avenue.

Pat Kelly, technical sales engineer for Wyo-Ben Inc., has retired after 19 years of service with the company.

John Hughes has joined Godwin Pumps’ Environmental Safety & Health (ESH) team as a safety specialist at the company’s Bridgeport, NJ, world headquarters.

Traci Read, Senior Editor

Nearly 90 attendees heard the city of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department Director Michael Marcotte address the Dec. 9, 2009 luncheon of the Underground Construction Technology Association held in Houston.

NASSCO’s annual “Icebreaker Reception” tradition at WEFTEC 2009 was deemed a great success by organizers. More than 250 gathered for several hours on Oct. 12, to enjoy networking, food, drinks and fun.

Oliver Klinger, Publisher

With the PHMSA in the process of developing guidelines to further clarify baseline and integrity assessment requirements for cased pipe, Mears invited a group of customers to its test-and-research facility for a hands-on workshop of External Corrosion Direct Assessment applications of cased pipes.

Dr. Lawrence M. Slavin, Dr. Oleh Kinash, Dr. Mohammad Najafi

In support of belowground installations, the ASCE has recently published MOP No. 118 for Belowground Pipeline Networks for Utility Cables.

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