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Set among rolling ranchland and majestic live oaks in the limestone-laden terrain of Texas’ famed Hill Country, San Antonio-based contractor SACC Inc. enlisted a trio of Vermeer track trenchers to carve an intricate network of roads and utility lines that now serves as the infrastructure for an exclusive residential community.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

On Feb. 27, the drill head of a horizontal directional drilling (HDD) machine clipped a 5/8-inch gas line in a residential neighborhood of Royal Oak, MI. Escaping gas migrated to a nearby home and soon after the drilling crew left for the day, the gas ignited, destroying one home and killing its owner.

More than eight years ago, representatives of municipalities and consulting engineers were asking that industry neutral training be made available, particularly applicable to the inspection of pipeline rehabilitation projects.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

For homeowners and businesses that have natural gas service, this economical and dependable source of energy is taken for granted for heating, hot water supplies and often for cooking.

If Ronald Cline was the type to back away from a challenge, it’s entirely possible that a natural gas gathering line, now securely in place in central Arkansas, would likely not have been installed underground. But this conscientious and ingenious native Razorback devised a trenchless approach that resulted in the successful completion of a continuous bore amid some of Arkansas’ most treacherous terrain, and through some of the state’s toughest and trickiest rock.

In early 2012, Cleveland, OH-based Great Lakes Construction undertook a new project: making the city’s west-side, beachfront Edgewater State Park more accessible for Cleveland residents.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

One day last March, a Duke’s Root Control crew achieved a significant milestone when it applied root treatment chemicals to the company’s 200 millionth foot of sewer pipe.

A Senate committee gave a big boost to a new source of water infrastructure spending by including an amendment in the Water Resources Development Act (S. 601). That WRDA bill passed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on March 20 by a unanimous vote.

Gorman-Rupp, a leading manufacturer of pumps and pumping equipment, has promoted Scott King to the position of vice president and general manager for the Mansfield Division of The Gorman-Rupp Company.

Boston-based construction management firm BOND (Bond Brothers) has promoted two associates to the firm’s Civil and Utility Connecticut Division. Anthony Bond has been promoted to director and Sean McAuliffe to director of Operations.

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