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U.S. exports of construction equipment continued to grow in 2011 and ended the first half of the year up 48 percent compared to January-June of 2010.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Volunteers are busy finalizing plans for the 2012 RehabZone, the popular sales-free “show within a show” at the annual UCT Show (Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exposition). The events will be held Jan. 24-26 in San Antonio, TX.

Erin Nelsen, Online Editor

The Tennessee Valley Authority serves 9 million customers in seven states, and two-thirds of its power is generated from coal. So the fact that Spectra Energy is installing a 24-inch gas pipeline through northern Tennessee to feed a TVA power plant is news in itself. But the construction of the North East Tennessee pipeline (NET), due to be completed in September, touches on some of the most discussed issues in the industry.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

The oil industry is a market full of intangibles, plenty of knee-jerk reactions from investors and a dynamic that often defies logic and clear-cut forecasts. For the U.S., there are several constants that continue to influence the industry. Perhaps the most notable is that the majority of our oil continues to be imported.

Gerhard “Gerry” P. Muenchmeyer, P.E., NASSCO Technical Director

The design of manhole coating and lining systems must take into consideration a number of conditions in the manhole, both as a whole and as individual components. When evaluating the nature of the coating or lining that will work best, a number of conditions should be defined.

Bob Wothe, Michels Corporation

Enbridge recently sprang into action after confirming a minor anomaly on its 30-inch Line 6B crude oil pipeline where it crosses under the St. Clair River spanning from Marysville, MI, to St. Clair Township, Ontario.

Matt Timberlake, President, Ted Berry, Trenchless Technologies Team LLC, International Pipe Bursting Association Marketing Committee

Pipe bursting is a proven method for replacing underground pipelines and is the only method of pipeline rehabilitation and replacement other than open-cut excavation that can increase the size of an existing utility without trenching. This article will discuss the replacement of private sanitary sewer lateral pipes.

Godwin Pumps, manufacturer of the Dri-Prime automatic self-priming, dry-running pump, has opened three new locations in Indianapolis, IN, Evansville, IN and Cincinnati, OH.

General Machine Products Company Inc. (GMP) celebrates 75 years of manufacturing and engineering excellence as a global provider of a wide range of products for the telecommunications, power utility and cable television industries, and the contractors who serve them.

Don Santa, president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, says his association’s Pipeline Safety Task Force’s Integrity Management Continuous Improvement (IMCI) team is implementing action plans that address the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) recommendations on the San Bruno, CA, natural gas pipeline incident.

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