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Texas A&M University aims to more than double its current engineering student enrollment to 25,000 by 2025.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The collection and analyzing of data about accidents damaging the nation’s underground utilities is significantly helping efforts to develop and implement programs to protect underground facilities, Robert Kipp, president of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), said in a presentation at the 2013 UCT Show in Houston in late January.

The Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) Scholarship Foundation has announced the following recipients of the scholarship award for 2013:

Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment topped 13 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year for a total $26.7 billion, with South America and Asia reporting the weakest gains, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), citing U.S. Commerce Department data it uses in global markets reports for members.

The Texas Water Development Board has approved financial assistance for water and wastewater system improvements totaling $109,094,303.

Traci Read, Managing Editor

Each year, the underground construction industry recognizes a person who makes a significant, positive difference to their business or organization. The 2013 Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award, presented jointly by the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) and Underground Construction magazine, was bestowed to Antonio “Tony” V. Almeida, P.E., business development manager, Halff Associates.

The 2013 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) posted the highest attendance for the annual event since the 2002 event. The official attendance count for 2013 was more than 2,600, said Karen Francis, show manager.

Nearly 16,000 vehicles travel through the Port of Miami, FL, daily, clogging downtown streets, creating safety hazards and restricting the port’s growth. With little land available above ground to expand roadways and bridge structures, the Port of Miami tunnel project will help relieve some of the congestion with the construction of twin tunnels. The total construction costs are estimated to be $607 million.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

As an industry, we talk a lot these days about the importance and value of damage prevention. Safety is included in the conversation. Accidental deaths in the construction industry, particularly the underground segment, have fallen sharply over the past decade.

Traci Read, Managing Editor

As a professional excavator, if you are digging or placing any object in the ground, you are required to get marks indicating the location of underground utilities. The person doing the excavating is the person that has to make the call.

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