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Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

SunWorx is a web-based work management system providing asset tracking and field force automation that is growing in popularity with construction companies and offers several benefits to pipeline and utility contractors, said Paul Heino, president of Sundex, Inc., developer of SunWorx.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Pressurized force mains represent a relatively small percentage of the nation’s wastewater collection infrastructure, but are essential in many systems to move waste where gravity isn’t sufficient to sustain flow. Failure in a force main segment can cause major disruptions in service with costly operational and environmental consequences.

DiPaolo Construction, of Calumet City, IL, recently completed a $14 million underground utility project to install personnel access manhole structures over an existing combined storm/sanitary sewer line in the South Chicago community of Hegewisch.

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) has released the “Introduction to Sewer Cleaning with Jetting Equipment” video to further their mission to set industry standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground pipelines, while assuring the continued acceptance and growth of trenchless technologies.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

TT Technologies has introduced two new small-diameter pneumatic pipe splitting tools designed to meet the needs of the gas industry.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

May will mark the fifth anniversary of the introduction of 811, the national one-call number to request buried pipes and cables be located and marked prior to excavation or any other earth-disturbing activity.

Obama administration budget requests for fiscal 2013 for key pipeline regulatory and construction programs are working their way through congressional appropriation committees. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) would receive new funding for additional inspectors, allowing the agency to do more intensive inspections of pipeline safety.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Community-owned Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) provides electric, natural gas, water and wastewater services to 645,000 residential and commercial customers in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado.

According to an article distributed on the PVC Pipe Association website, each year, more than 300,000 water main breaks occur throughout North America – or some 850 every day – mainly as a result of the continued use of corrosion-prone iron piping in the nation's water systems. Moreover, according to a congressional study, corrosion costs U.S. drinking water and wastewater systems over $50.7 billion annually or more than $1 trillion dollars over the next 20 years.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The Northeast Trenchless Association (NTA) got 2012 off to a good start with its
annual meeting in January and already has hosted its first training event -- a safety and 10-hour OSHA training seminar in mid-February.

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