A record registration of 200 attendees marked the American Pipeline Contractors Association’s 39th Annual Convention at the El San Juan Hotel & Casino in San Juan, PR. This was on top of a record attendance at the 2009 meeting in Scottsdale.
Utility districts understand that water and sewer pipes deteriorate over time. This is especially true for concrete pipes installed in sanitary sewer systems. An inherent issue with sewage is the build-up of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas, which can have far-reaching effects that may not be noticeable until a major problem occurs.
In many American cities, the sanitary sewer laterals that connect homes and commercial structures to sewer main lines have been allowed to deteriorate and become a significant source of sewer system inflow and infiltration (I&I), along with other problems.
Cobble -- usually rounded pieces of rock that can range in size from a marble to a basketball -- is considered one of the most difficult and challenging soil conditions for making a directional drilling installation.
“Cobble is not fun,” said Boyd Simon, P.E., field services division manager for Ranger Directional Drilling.
After more than two years of declining revenues, tightening budgets and helplessly watching from the sidelines as their sewer and water infrastructure continues to decay and they are increasingly struggling to maintain current service levels, U.S. municipal personnel are hoping to experience at least a minor measure of improvement in 2011.
The year 2010 had many positive aspects for the Power Communications Contractors Association (PCCA) and its members, observed Kevin Mason as he nears the end of his one-year term as the association’s president.