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AECOM and URS Corporation announced on July 13 the execution of a definitive agreement under which AECOM will acquire all outstanding shares of URS for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $4 billion or $56.31 per URS share, based on the AECOM closing share price as of July 11. Including the assumption of URS debt, the total enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $6 billion.

Laney Directional Drilling Company, the world’s largest independent horizontal directional drilling (HDD) company serving the oil and gas pipeline industry, has been acquired by an affiliate of Maxim Partners LLC and Falcon Investment Advisors LLC.

Gerhard “Gerry” P. Muenchmeyer, P.E., Technical Director, NASSCO

In May 2008, the National Association Of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) launched the Inspector Training & Certification Program for Cured-In-Place Pipe (ITCP-CIPP).

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Regardless of brand and model, the basic functions of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) rig are the same.

The Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), located on the campus of Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, has appointed Dr. David Thomas Iseley, P.E., as the next director of TTC and the Contractors Education Trust Fund Eminent Scholar Chair Professor of Civil Engineering and Construction Technology.

The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas has released the results of a survey by RVA LLC, revealing new data on the usage and impact of fiber to the home networks in North America.

Fast-growing cities like suburban Bixby, OK, are continually tasked with building infrastructure that will sustain the influx of new residents.

There is at least one raised eyebrow at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, the subject of a proposed rule issued on June 2.

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) inaugurated its world class North American Customer Center with a ribbon cutting by Congressman Bill Shuster, Congressman Lou Barletta, Congressman Scott Perry, Volvo CE Americas President Göran Lindgren, Swedish Ambassador to the United States Björn Lyrvall and other dignitaries.

Aegion Corporation announced its subsidiary, Insituform Technologies Limited, was awarded a $13.4 million contract from the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada to rehabilitate pipelines up to 130 years old, and located mostly in residential areas in boroughs throughout the city.

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