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New faces, familiar faces, all with smiles and a thumbs-up thank you.

That’s how Daniel Magill describes the 2013 RehabZone at the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) held in Houston the last week of January.

Among the longest-established trenchless installation methods is the use of pneumatic piercing tools: an option that has been providing contractors with a cost-effective and easy-to-use alternative to trenching for nearly half a century. Water, gas, sewer and electrical interests have all benefited from this established and proven underground method, which also serves as an efficient alternative to larger directional drilling equipment. As is the case with nearly every installation approach, piercing tools are most effective when used in specific situations.

Even the most highly visible public works projects depend on improvements to and protection of the invisible underground infrastructure. That’s what keeps Goliath Hydro-Vac Inc. busy. The 10-year-old contracting firm based in Jordan, MN, uses a fleet of hydro-excavating trucks from Vactor Manufacturing to tackle a variety of construction and remediation projects that require special attention to existing underground infrastructure.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

While some projects are more dangerous than others, most construction work involves risks that can cause serious injury and death.

Erin Boudreaux, Hobas Pipe USA

Since the first building in Houston, TX, was air conditioned in 1923, media has often dubbed the city, “the air conditioning capital of the world.” With summer temperatures often exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s no wonder that Houstonians are concerned about reliable electricity to keep the units running.

Layne Christensen Company recently announced that Layne Heavy Civil will design and construct a wastewater collection and transmission project for the Cudjoe Regional Wastewater System in Monroe County, FL. The agreement was signed with the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) which is acting as the program manager on behalf of the Monroe County Commission, which is funding the project.

Oliver Klinger, Publisher

Attendance was up by almost 100 people as the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) attracted 415 delegates to its 52nd annual convention at the Lowes Hotel in Miami Beach, FL. One in four of those delegates were attending their first ever DCA convention. Fourteen past presidents also attended – a record – and Dave Nelson of Pilchuck Contractors was inducted as an Honorary Member.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

"Progress in Efforts to Eliminate Crossbores" was the topic of one of the presentations in the Damage Prevention and Safety track at the 2013 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition.

The Obama administration's positive draft environmental impact statement on the final, four-state leg of the Keystone XL pipeline appears to set approval by the State Department on an exorable path.

Gene Suhr, a former director of water and wastewater engineering for CH2M HILL, died Jan. 27 in Vancouver, WA, surrounded by his family. He was 79.

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