Training services

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

John Deere's Excavator Training Simulator, introduced about in 2008, has proved to be effective and popular, and the innovative training concept has been expanded to cover other machines.

Traci Read, Senior Editor

Canadian pipeliners enjoyed boom times in 2008 and are facing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build essential pipeline infrastructure.

Gary Montgomery, Chairman of the Board of Montgomery & Associates Inc., a Houston-based civil engineering and consulting services firm, has announced that Wendell (Buddy) Barnes has taken over as president. Montgomery will remain as chairman.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Over the past several years, foreign-born workers have played an increasingly important role on most types of construction projects, including utility construction.

Traci Read, Senior Editor

The year 2008 proved to be another strong year of growth and expansion past the nation’s borders for the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT), reports Piero Salvo, who completed his two-year term as NASTT chairperson at the end of January.

There are long bores. And then there are really long bores.

The Christiana Hospital and Helen Graham Cancer Center in Newark, DE, are located off Route 4. A local stream passes under the highway through a corrugated metal pipe (CMP) near the hospital.

Mears Group, Inc. recently completed a record setting bore as part of the Hampton Roads Crossing being constructed by Virginia Natural Gas (VGN).

Everyone has heard the phrase “competing on a level playing field” in reference to athletics. But working on a level playing field – or job site – can be as important in the utility construction market. And sometimes contractors can achieve this even when a job site’s terrain isn’t level at all.

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