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CUES, a leading manufacturer of CCTV inspection, rehabilitation, pipe profiling and pipeline inspection/asset management software announced the opening of a Midwest region service branch.

On June 28, a sinkhole appeared on 92nd Street near Third Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. The sinkhole, west of the sidewalk, caused 11 families to be evacuated from the nearby Bay Ridge apartment building. The block of 92nd Street between Third Avenue and Ridge Boulevard was closed to traffic as emergency crews from the city’s Department of Environmental Protection inspected the sinkhole. Crews worked to stabilize the 70-foot deep sinkhole and began planning a repair.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

A front-locating accessory kit that effectively tracks the underground location of pneumatic piercing tools has been introduced by HammerHead Trenchless Equipment.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

For some time now, horizontal directional drilling (HDD) has been capable of replacing open-cut construction on segments of many projects. The benefits of HDD are well known -- it can minimize excavation, dust pollution, and reduce damage to surface improvements which can significantly lower time-consuming and costly restoration of surface damage.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

A recent project to install more than 6,200 feet of electrical transmission lines in Orange Beach, AL, included multiple challenges, including two intersecting horizontal directional drilling (HDD) pilot holes beneath Wolf Bay inter-coastal waterway channel to complete a single crossing.

As I write this column, it has been about two weeks since the presidential election. In conversations with many industry people, the topic is always what lies ahead for the next four years and can we still transition into a reasonably healthy business environment?

On Sunday, April 8, a water main beneath the Boise River near East 52nd Street burst when a dislodged tree floating in the river crashed into it. Immediately, water to supply hundreds of homes in the Plantation neighborhood of Garden City, a suburb of Boise, ID, was disrupted. The city worked quickly to patch the damaged pipe, which was originally installed in the riverbed during the 1970s, but knew a more permanent solution was needed.

The results of the November presidential and congressional elections portend "more of the same" with regard to issues of interest to the gas transmission industry. Current regulatory dockets already underway will continue along their current track. Those dockets concern greenhouse gas emissions, the integrity management program and fracking.

Improving the quality of wastewater service is daunting in the face of the challenges posed by aging of the networks of pipes and pumping stations; over 800,000 miles of water pipe and 600,000 miles of wastewater infrastructure with some components over 100 years old.

Traci Read, Managing Editor

Underground Construction’s 2012 census of large horizontal directional
drilling contractors is an effective tool when selecting the right size of drill rig to fit specific project needs in managing a successful HDD operation.

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