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There was a time in the mid-80s when business and other organizations began to discover that “cell” phones were more than a novelty -- they could be used to keep in touch with personnel in the field.

A new 27,000-pound pullback model has been added to the Ditch Witch line of horizontal directional drills.

Utilities are concerned about the state of their infrastructure, and these concerns are driving a need for greater use of asset management practices, according to preliminary findings released by McGraw-Hill Construction at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, DC.

FMI Corporation, the largest provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, announces that they have implemented the Ethical Advocate hotline service as part of the organization’s Ethics and Compliance initiative.

According to the latest forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA), there will be an 8.1 percent growth in cement consumption in 2013, significantly higher than the tepid growth projected in its fall 2012 report.

The time to obtain required federal permits from agencies other than the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for interstate natural gas pipeline projects actually has increased since the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a law with the stated intent to streamline and expedite federal authorizations for such projects, a new study by the INGAA Foundation finds.

Dan Murphy, outgoing president of the Pipe Line Contractors Association and president of Precision Pipeline LLC, welcomed 628 delegates to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. This represented a significant attendance increase over the 2012 convention.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Government departments across the nation continue to address failing culverts that pose serious risks to state and interstate highways and city streets.

The 58th annual Appalachian Underground Corrosion Short Course (AUCSC 2013) will take place May 21-23 at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.

On Jan. 22, Governor Dave Heineman of Nebraska approved a revised route of the Keystone XL pipeline through the state of Nebraska. In a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gov. Heineman said that the new route avoided sensitive lands and aquifers.

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