UCT Seminar Series Continues At ICUEE

July 2013, Vol. 68, No. 7

10 -- 11 a.m.: Lateral Pipe Bursting Can Save (Or Earn) Big Dollars
Speaker: Michael Lien, TRIC Tools Inc.
Municipal infrastructure is in need of upgrade or replacement. Water and sewer pipes top the repair list in many communities. Pipe bursting is a popular method used to replace sewer laterals in municipalities. Water lines can also be burst. The primary focus of this presentation is private laterals and their contribution to sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) in communities that have recognized the problem and are enacting comprehensive programs to address it.

Residential sewer laterals are a high priority for communities seeking to eliminate inflow and infiltration (I&I) in municipal sewer systems. Inflow is the result of illegal outside drains connected to a home sewer lateral, and infiltration happens when ground water or storm drainage enters the sanitary sewer system through deteriorated or damaged underground pipes and manholes, particularly in wet weather. I&I accounts for the greatest volume of overflows, and residential laterals are the main contributor to I&I overall. This means that sewer laterals must be brought up to current code when homeowners decide to sell or remodel a property. Some communities are implementing more aggressive programs that pay all or part of the cost to replace private laterals across entire service areas. This translates to an influx of work for contractors. This presentation will examine the increasing urgency in municipal I&I abatement, and will provide an overview of current private lateral compliance initiatives.

Horizontal Directional Drilling
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.: HDD: New Technology Solutions Benefit Contractors
Sponsored by the Distribution Contractors Association
The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) is sponsoring a panel discussion on innovative technologies for the HDD industry. This forum will highlight three different innovative solutions that have been developed by DCA contractors and/or associate member companies. The range of technological innovations will include drilling fluid advances, job site efficiency enhancements and break-through advancements in drilling and support equipment.

10 – 11 a.m.: Minimizing Risks In The Risky HDD Business
Speaker: David Wampler, Jackson Creek Enterprises
More than many types of business, a directional drilling contractor must deal with numerous variables. Identifying potential problems, taking steps to eliminate them when possible, and being prepared for others are keys to being successful.