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The North Texas Chapter of the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) awarded a total of $9,000 in college scholarships at their August general meeting held in Euless, TX.

United States’ construction machinery exports dropped 21 percent during the first half of 2013, with $10.8 billion shipped to global markets compared to $13.7 billion at midyear 2012, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The AEM off-road equipment manufacturing trade group consolidates U.S. Commerce Dept. data with other sources into global trend reports for members.

Ray Lynn Barnes, 50, died Aug. 1 in Tahlequah, OK. A former pipeliner, Barnes was the son of Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Company’s long-time superintendent Thelbert Barnes and his wife Wanda, who survive him.

NSF International has certified Centennial Plastics Inc.’s CenFuse geothermal pipes to the American National Standard for Ground-Source Geothermal Piping Systems – NSF/ANSI Standard 358-1: Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings for Water-Based Ground-Source “Geothermal” Heat Pump Systems.

Kobelco Construction Machinery USA, a global leader in the manufacture of crawler excavators, recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new Houston, TX-based North American headquarters following the relaunch of the brand as an independent product line earlier this year.

Keith Hanks, senior environmental engineer for the Wastewater Conveyance Engineering Division for the city of Los Angeles, CA, retired from the industry effective Sept. 21.

Pipeline Renewal Technologies (PRT), a leader in innovative solutions for underground pipe rehabilitation, has just welcomed pipelining specialist Flow-Liner Systems to its family of sales partners.

More pipelines to move Bakken oil from North Dakota to refineries are needed to help ease safety concerns after a crude-carrying train derailed in the state in late December 2013, U.S. Senator John Hoeven, (R-ND), said Jan. 12 on Platts Energy Week. The accident was the third in the last six months that involved the transport of crude by rail.

PipePatch restores structural integrity to damaged pipes and exceeds Specification ASTM F1216 for cured-in-place pipe (CIPP). Although cure times vary due to host pipe material and temperatures, typical cure times are achieved in one to three hours.

A toddler died and at least 16 people were injured when a water main exploded over a Rio de Janeiro neighborhood in Brazil, flooding the area and destroying cars and property.

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