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Buried pipe installers, rehab contractors and owners now have a WRc Approved option for laser ovality measurement. WinCan LaserScan software, distributed in North and South America exclusively through Pipeline Analytics, is now WRc Approved per PT/342/0713.

FMI, a leading provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, released its Q2-2013 Construction Outlook. The strength of individual markets is shifting, reducing annual Construction-Put-In-Place predictions to $913 billion, a 7 percent growth from 2012.

The Water Service Department of Kansas City, MO, has recently begun work on the Blue River WWTP Disinfection project. This $96 million project was undertaken to improve the quality of the effluent that the city’s six wastewater treatment facilities release back into area waterways. It is the last and largest disinfection project and part of Water Services’ 25-year federally mandated Overflow Control Program.

The head of Canadian energy company TransCanada Corporation said in July that the timeline for U.S. approval of the multibillion-dollar Keystone XL crude oil pipeline will make the second half of 2015 start date of operations challenging, reports Bloomberg.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule that will require all federal agencies to submit their OSHA-required injury and illness data to the Bureau of Labor Statistics every year.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of the Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) released a report in July examining the vital role of tax-exempt municipal bonds in funding drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

Despite North Carolina’s reputation as a center of research and higher learning, many businesses and residents struggle with limited or non-existent Internet access. As RST Global Communications LLC (RST) expands its service footprint statewide, those technology issues could soon be a thing of the past.

American Augers has announced the appointment of Richard Levings to the position of director of product management. Levings will represent not only American Augers products but the newly acquired Trencor line.

QuakeWrap Inc. has been awarded a $150,000 Small Business Innovative Research Grant from the National Science Foundation to further develop InfinitPipe.

Darold Wendell Falldorf, 79, of Bemidji, MN, died, July 15 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

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