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By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | November 2008 Vol. 63 No. 11

"In April," said Parker, "we hosted a National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International Cathodic Protection Level 1 and 2 course at our facility and have the same event scheduled for April 2009. The Detroit NACE section also held an External Corrosion Direct Assessment (ECDA) 2 day seminar at our facility last summer. Among other projects, we are conducting research on casing ECDA for pipeline integrity."

Founded in 1970 as a local engineering firm, the Mears Group, now a Quanta Services company, has grown into an international engineering and construction company encompassing pipeline and related services.

The Engineering/Technical Division provides turnkey pipeline integrity management services.

Services of the Mears Construction Division include bell hole excavation, pipeline repair, anodeflex installation, pipeline maintenance support, ILI inspection support and anomaly digs, and pipeline coating and reconditioning.

The Horizontal Directional Drilling Division is involved in projects for the pipeline, utility, water and fiber industries.

The Mears Group employs more than 500 people based in corporate headquarters, regional offices, and offices in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

Mears Group, (800) 632-7727,