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When trying to get a handle on the economic activity, outlook and trends of the underground construction and rehabilitation industry, I keep getting mixed signals. Most of the market segments are primed and ready to take off, yet 2015 has started off slowly and tentatively.

Baroid Industrial Drilling Products senior account representative Thomas A. Tibor, 63, of Guthrie, OK, passed away on Jan. 23.

Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc. (Con Edison) is seeking an electric delivery service rate increase to support system reliability, storm hardening, better technology and online service enhancements beginning Jan.1, 2016. It would be the company’s first rate increase since April 1, 2012.

As reported by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the city of Columbus, OH, is taking a new approach in solving the problem of sanitary sewer overflows, by spending its capital dollars above ground, transforming neighborhoods and creating permanent jobs.

The War Memorial Park traffic tunnel project on Buckle Street in Wellington, New Zealand is scheduled to be completed by ANZAC Day in 2015, marking the 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign commemorating all New Zealanders killed in war and honoring returned servicemen and women.

The Distribution Contractors Association recently hosted is 54th Annual Convention at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans with 425 attendees. During the event’s annual auction a record total of $907,955 was raised.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Throughout 2014, the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) continued to evaluate the ever-changing industry to identify and address the major issues facing the pipeline market, said association President Nick Bruno.

The Virginia Tech Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management (SWIM) Center will be offering a workshop on Advancing Asset Management in Your Utility Workshop, to be held on March 10-11, 2015 at the Virginia Tech Arlington Research Center in Arlington, Virginia.

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 10, 2015) —Surveying members of the Construction Personnel Executives Group, FMI reports, “24 percent of respondents will be unable to bid more work and 32 percent will experience slow growth if their companies cannot reasonably meet the need for skilled labor and tradespeople.” Top executives at the largest contract firms in the U.S. took part in the survey.

If you are interested in reducing cross bore risk associated with all types of utilities, this is the best opportunity to get involved. Cross Bore Safety Association (CBSA) is creating a “Best Practice for Cross Bore Safety” document, with involvement from numerous participating organizations and their members to be inclusive of all underground utility stakeholders. Committee formation is now starting. If you are interested in participating, further information can be found at http://crossboresafety.org/Best%20Practices.htm.

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