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The North America Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) has released a schedule of its Trenchless Good Practices courses for the remainder of 2010 and into 2011. These programs benefit utility contractors and municipal organizations alike. NASTT educational and training programs cover a wide range of trenchless methods and are designed for experienced professionals, as well as newcomers to the industry.

McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies, released its 2011 Construction Outlook, a mainstay in construction industry forecasting and business planning, which predicts an increase in overall U.S. construction starts for next year. The level of construction starts in 2011 is expected to advance 8 percent to $445.5 billion, following the 2 percent decline predicted for 2010.

Michels Pipeline Construction, a division of Brownsville, WI-based Michels Corp., has been awarded spreads 1-4 of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Gulf Coast Expansion Project.

Michels Pipeline Construction will install 371 miles of 36-inch pipe running from Payne County, OK, to Angelina County, TX. Michels Directional Crossings will also perform 19 directional drills required along the route.

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc., (PPI) announced Dec. 7 that it has an open position and is seeking a qualified professional engineer for its Fuel Gas (FGD) and Building and Construction (BCD) divisions.

On December 2, Earth Tool Company announced that a settlement has been reached between The Charles Machine Works, Inc. (CMW), Earth Tool Company, LLC (ETC), and Vermeer Corporation regarding litigation related to the purchase of ETC by CMW.

Aries Industries, with the additional expertise of Avanti International, Logiball and DeNeef and in cooperation with the University of Houston's CIGMAT grout specialty engineering group, has announced two workshops to take place in mid-January 2011 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The workshops are a Refresher Course for Sewer System Managers, Specification Writers and Inspectors on Jan. 18, and the three-day Sewer Infiltration Control Test and Sealing Equipment Seminar for Operators and Inspectors Jan. 19-21.

The new figure is derived from $500 million for the sewer overflow work plus $150 million for other mandated sewer and storm-water improvements, inspections and maintenance work needed to comply with the federal Clean Water Act.

The city of Akron, OH, has been federally mandated to improve its sewer system to help curtail overflow over the next 18 years at a cost of $650 million. The city previously had estimated the work would cost more than $500 million.

Greg Jeter has joined American Augers in the position of International Territory Manager.

New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) announced Oct. 22 that it has submitted a filing with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to continue its Accelerated Infrastructure Program (AIP II) and expedite a number of its previously planned replacement, reinforcement and expansion projects. NJNG is proposing to spend approximately $52.2 million on nine additional capital projects in Monmouth, Ocean and Morris counties.

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