April 2009 Vol. 64 No. 4


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Birch Equipment hosts September Demo Days

Washington's Birch Equipment will host Demo Days return this fall to thank customers for their support and invite the community at large to stop by and learn about the company.

Equipment Spotlight

CIPP: AMerik Engineering

Saertex-Liner is a 100 percent fiberglass liner designed for gravity pipe systems.

CIPP: Inliner Technologies

Inliner Technologies provides solutions for deteriorating pipelines ranging in diameter from 4 to 96 inches.

CIPP: Insituform Technologies

Insituform’s iPlus Infusion achieves a tight fitting pipe-within-a-pipe by implementing a pull-in installation method.

CIPP: International Pipelining Technologies

IPL Technologies is the North American leader in UV-light CIPP for sewer mains and storm water pipes.

CIPP: Reline America

Blue-Tek CIPP liners and equipment by Reline America are environmentally safe with undetectable styrene levels in third party testing.

CIPP: RS Lining Systems

CityLiner is a premier mobile CIPP technology providing everything customers need to maintain and repair wastewater piping systems.

Skid-Steer Loaders & Attachments: New Holland Super Boom

Super Boom Skid Steer Loaders from New Holland combine incredible stability with the reach of the Super Boom vertical lift linkage for more lift capacity per pound of total machine weight.

Trench Shoring and Safety Products: Mabey Bridge & Shore

Mabey sheet pile is available in a wide range of sizes for various applications and can be used together with Mabey’s hydraulic framing systems when needed.

Trench Shoring and Safety Products: Safe-T-Shore

Finger Guards offer additional safety for the utility worker.


Custom Trench Shield Spreader Arch Delivered In 5 Days

The Central Weber (Utah) Sewer Improvement District recently awarded a project installing a new treated water discharge line from the treatment plant to the Weber River to Whitaker Construction Company.

DCA Elects 2009 Officers; Raises $268,500 in Annual Auction

Over 300 attendees braved the economy to attend the Distribution Contractors Association’s 48th Annual Convention at the Sheraton Maui in Hawaii in February.

Digging Soon? One Number From FCC

The 811 number is a national “Call Before You Dig” phone number designated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to eliminate the confusion of multiple “Call Before You Dig” numbers.

First Look: Software Compares Carbon Footprint Of Trenchless, Open-Cut Construction Methods

Vermeer Corp. has introduced a software tool for estimating the environmental impact of various underground utility construction methods.

First Look: Vacuworx’ MC Designed For Utility Construction Markets

Vacuworx International has introduced a vacuum device designed specifically for utility construction applications. It is expected to be widely used for handling and positioning pipe, but also can lift many other types of material.

Improvements Continue To Drive GPR Applications

Issues resulting from accidental damage to underground utilities continue to receive priority in the underground construction industry as initiatives to protect buried facilities gain momentum.

Locates At The Design Stage Prove Valuable

Underground utility construction projects most often are classified as either new construction, usually to extend or upgrade services, or replacement/rehabilitation of old or failing buried infrastructure.

PLCA Celebrates Record 2008 At 61st Annual Convention

Bob Johnston, outgoing president of the Pipe Line Contractors Association and a vice president at Henkels & McCoy, proclaimed 2008 to be a “very good year” to the 565 attendees at the association’s 61st annual convention.

Promising Future For PLCAC

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

Record 42-Inch Bore Helps Connect LNG Terminal, Pipelines

When Sempra Energy’s Pipelines and Storage business unit needed to install a new pipeline from Sempra LNG’s new Cameron LNG receipt terminal to existing interstate pipelines north of the LNG facility, they were well aware that the project presented special challenges.

Understanding Environmental Implications Of CIPP Rehab Technology

In May 2008, the Virginia Department of Transportation issued the results of a study “to evaluate the potential for impacts on water quality from use of the steam cured CIPP process.”

New Products

3M Dynatel Locators 2200M

The new 3M Dynatel Locators 2200M Series boasts stronger 12 watt transmitter that provides the maximum allowed output power when inducing a signal or direct connecting onto utility lines.

Condux Swivels

Condux has re-engineered its line of 808 champion swivels.

First Look: See-Through PVC Panel Rehab System Introduced By National Liner

National Liner LLC has introduced a trenchless rehabilitation lining process that uses see-through PVC panels to rehabilitate circular pipes, box culverts and structures of other shapes.

GPI-RSC Tracer-Snap EFV

With the new Tracer Snap-EFV Identification System, gas companies no longer need costly, removable, secondary tagging to mark Excess Flow Valve (EFV) installations.

INROCK Dril Data

Dril Data uses pre-installed sensor packages that monitor all parameters and relays this information real time to the in-cab, touch-screen computer for the operator’s benefit.

Insituform InsituMain

Insituform has announced a new product for pressure pipe rehabilitation.

Kenco Pipe Tongs

Pipe Tongs are a safe, cost-effective way to move concrete, metal or plastic pipe.

Kennametal Road-Ready Road Milling Drum

The Road-Ready road milling drum features Pro-Fit or Quick-Change block systems and is balanced to reduce machine vibration.

Krylon Industrial Multi Purpose Epoxy

Krylon Industrial Multi Purpose Epoxy is ideal for use over prepared steel and masonry surfaces in a variety of industrial applications.

Kubota L45 tractor-loader-backhoe

The new L45 tractor-loader-backhoe (TLB) operates like three machines in one, combining a strong loader and backhoe with three-point implement capabilities.

New Pipe Laser Fits Tightest Inverts

The new GradeLight 2700 introduced by AGL is the shortest pipe laser available. Its 10.5 inch length makes it ideal for fitting tight inverts and small pipe jacking pits.


April Rehab News: Insituform wins $13M contract; Boatman joins SAK; CertaFlo expands GreenLine

<a href=”http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/april-rehab-news-insituform-wins-13m-contract-boatman-joins-sak-certaflo-expands-greenline#Boatman%E2%80%9D#Insituform”>Insituform wins $13M contract</a> <a href=”http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/april-rehab-news-insituform-wins-13m-contract-boatman-joins-sak-certaflo-expands-greenline#Boatman%E2%80%9D#Boatman”>Boatman joins SAK Construction</a> <a href=”http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/april-rehab-news-insituform-wins-13m-contract-boatman-joins-sak-certaflo-expands-greenline#Boatman%E2%80%9D#CertaFlo”> CertaFlo GreenLine PVC sewer pipe now for larger pipe diameters</a>

CIPP Leaves Diverse Attractions Undisturbed

Reno, NV, offers many attractions to live up to its billing as “The Biggest Little City In The World.” When choosing a contractor for a sewer rehabilitation project that involved both busy downtown and more remote idyllic settings, city of Reno engineers selected cured in place pipe (CIPP) specialist PIPEnology to avoid disrupting the city’s activities.

Editor's Log

Free Money Costs A Fortune

In his proposed 2010 budget, President Obama has proposed a huge increase for sewer and water funding. His budget proposal is $2.4 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and $1.5 billion for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.


April Newsline: Development Through Sewer Upgrades; Obama Proposes Infrastructure Bank and More

<a href="http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/april-newsline-development-through-sewer-upgrades-obama-proposes-infrastructure-bank-and-more#sewer">City’s sewer improvements free up development</a> <a href=" http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/april-newsline-development-through-sewer-upgrades-obama-proposes-infrastructure-bank-and-more#FN">Fibertech Networks to install 200 mile fiber-optic network</a> <a href="http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/april-newsline-development-through-sewer-upgrades-obama-proposes-infrastructure-bank-and-more?page=0,1#obama">Obama proposes infrastructure bank</a> <a href=" http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/april-newsline-development-through-sewer-upgrades-obama-proposes-infrastructure-bank-and-more?page=0,2#busch" >Paul L. Bush Award nominations open</a>

GCTA: Laredo’s Storm Sewer Outfall Rehab Discussed

Riazul Mia, director of Environmental Services for the city of Laredo, TX, addressed the bi-monthly meeting of the Gulf Coast Trenchless Association on Feb. 11, in Houston.


Barnes Named President Of Montgomery & Associates

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.

Business Updates for April 2009: GCTA, WSA Trenchless, Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam

<a href= "http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/business-updates-april-2009-gcta-wsa-trenchless-lockwood-andrews-and-newnam#WSA">WSA Trenchless Consultants</a> <a href= "http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/business-updates-april-2009-gcta-wsa-trenchless-lockwood-andrews-and-newnam#GCTA">Gulf Coast Trenchless Association</a> <a href= "http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/business-updates-april-2009-gcta-wsa-trenchless-lockwood-andrews-and-newnam?page=0,1#LAN">Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam</a> <a href= "http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/business-updates-april-2009-gcta-wsa-trenchless-lockwood-andrews-and-newnam?page=0,2#BCPI">Bobcat Company, Polaris Industries</a> <a href= "http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/business-updates-april-2009-gcta-wsa-trenchless-lockwood-andrews-and-newnam?page=0,2#NH">New Holland</a>

Gene Miller Inducted Into AGC Of Iowa Hall Of Fame

The Associated General Contractors of Iowa Hall of Fame was conceived as the AGC Of Iowa’s highest form of individual member recognition.

Multiquip Is Exclusive Dealer Of EZ Grout Products

Effective March 1,2009, Multiquip Inc. has become the exclusive distributor of EZ Grout equipment in the United States and Mexico.

Ritchie Bros. Opens New Auction Site In Houston

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers held a three-day unreserved industrial equipment auction from March 25-27 at its new permanent auction site in Houston, 15500 Eastex Freeway.

Tech Upgrade Enhances Utility’s Locating Program

Massachusetts is rich in history, but not everything “old” is charming. An example is the aging infrastructure that is often hidden or buried in many cities throughout the state.

Washington Watch

New Pressure To Up Water Infrastructure Spending; Broadband Funding Fleshed Out

On the heels of the $6 billion emergency funding in the stimulus package for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, President Obama has proposed a huge increase for both funds in fiscal 2010, which begins Oct. 1.