January 2009 Vol. 64 No. 1


New Products

Gordon Construction Co. Global Filter

The Global Filter, Self Cleaning Air Filter System is completely automated.

Hendrix Wire & Cable announces 34.5 kV TRXLP-insulated cable

Wire & Cable, a provider of overhead and underground power distribution products, announces its offering of 34.5 kV TRXLP-insulated medium voltage cable for applications in the wind power industry.

Leica Geosystems GPS

With the new “Total GPS” and “Dual GPS” capabilities, RedLine improves workflow on the construction site.


American Compaction Diamond Saddle Wheels

Diamond Saddle Wheels are designed for use on excavators, where compaction results are required on both sides of the pipe.

Case compact loaders get new engine cooling package

The repowered 3.2-liter Tier III-certified Case engine on Case 21E, 121E, 221E and 321E compact wheel loaders feature a new cooling package for greater productivity.

Cat Auction A Win-Win For Buyers, Sellers

Cat Auction Services is changing the rules in the auction industry. A partnership of Caterpillar dealers, the new business is focused on creating value and reducing risk for both buyers and sellers.

Condux Intl. Split Winch Line Blower

The new split winch line blower installs winch line, rope and measuring tape into 2-inch through 6-inch HDPE and PVC duct systems utilizing interchangeable adapters with one body.

Crowcon Xgard IR LPG Infrared Gas Detector

The Xgard IR LPG from Crowcon is a new, low-cost IR fixed gas detector designed to detect LPG hazards before concentrations reach flammable levels.

DCI Introduces 3D HDD Locating System

Digital Control Inc. (DCI) has introduced a new directional drilling tracking system the company describes as more intuitive and easier to use than any other tracking product available in the horizontal directional drilling market.

Failing Culverts Provide Niche For Innovative Contractors

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.

Focus on Root Control: Duke's Root Control

Duke’s certified applicators use specialized equipment to fill the affected sewer pipe with thick herbicidal foam to control root infiltration.

Focus on Root Control: RootX

Use your own municipal maintenance crews and equipment with RootX to kill pipeline roots--they can treat a 400-foot mainline in 30 minutes or less.

Focus on Root Control: Vaporooter

Vaporooter pioneered the chemical root control industry over 40 years ago to extend the useful life of sewer systems while eliminating maintenance costs.

GapVax WetVac

The WetVac is an industrial vacuum loader blasted, primed, and painted with PPG fleet urethane paint (wet on wet) and has a heresite epoxy phenolic coating inside.

Griffin Dewatering: The Bucket Drilling Method

The bucket rig is a form of the rotary drill rig.

Grouting Technology and Equipment: Aries Industries

Aries Chemical Grout Systems continue to improve grouting productivity for main and lateral grouting with new flexible 700 feet penta grout hose.

Grouting Technology and Equipment: Avanti Intl.

AV-200 Dura-Set combines strength and elongation with excellent chemical resistance to create a flexible rubber that is unaffected by water or UV rays.

Grouting Technology and Equipment: CETCO Drilling Products

CETCO EcoGrouter is a low cost, portable mini grouter that has been designed for pumping Volclay Granular Grout and Volclay& Grout.

Grouting Technology and Equipment: CUES

Stop infiltration and inflow! CUES offers a full line of portable and truck-mounted grout rehabilitation systems.

Grouting Technology and Equipment: De Neef Construction Chemicals

De Neef Hot Shot Cartridges, a complete solution for quick water leak repairs.

Grouting Technology and Equipment: Logiball

For 25 years Logiball has designed and manufactured equipment for the trenchless rehabilitation of sewers.

Grouting Technology and Equipment: Parson Environmental

Parson’s Turn-key Manhole Rehabilitation System allows contractors to load up product in the morning and not have to return to the shop until the end of the day.

Grouting Technology and Equipment: Prime Resins

Grouts are used to fill voids and create sub-grade grout barriers in earthen dams, coastal seawalls, underground vaults and tunnel boring operations.

Hitachi releases ZX120-3 utility-class excavator

The new Hitachi ZX120-3 utility-class excavator can be towed behind a dump truck and is available with rubber crawler pads and a backfill blade.

IMI Manhole PowerArm eases manhole handling

Significantly reduce back strain and increase employee safety when lifting and replacing manhole covers with Industrial Magnetics’ new vehicle mounted Manhole PowerArm.


The International Pipeline and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA) recently hosted its annual convention in Athens, Greece with 630 attendees.

Liebherr-Deere Crawler Dozer Deal

Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. and John Deere jointly announce the signing of a long-term sourcing agreement for Deere-branded 950- and 1050-size crawler dozers, and the discontinuation of the existing product supply arrangement for crawler loader machines between Liebherr-Werk Telfs GmBH and John Deere’s Construction & Forestry Division.

Metrotech’s Hand-Held Acoustic Water Leak Location Device

Metrotech’s HL 10 Acoustic Water Leak Location Device has acoustic properties that enable it to reliably locate even tiny leaks.

Michels Celebrates 50 Years

Members of the Michels family and their employees at Michels Pipeline Construction are celebrating 50 years in the construction business.

Miller Pipeline Acquires Dover Contracting

Miller Pipeline, one of the nation’s leading natural gas distribution and utility contractors and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation, acquired Ohio-based Dover Contracting Inc.

NASSCO Releases Guidelines On Styrenated Resins

NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) has completed a state of the art guideline for the use and handling of styrene based resins in the cured in place pipe (CIPP) rehabilitation process.

New Cost Saving Erosion Control Blanket

American Excelsior’s new erosion control blanket is ideal those projects where performance is needed, but the project operating budget allows only for the use of lower-end type ECBs such as straw matting.

New Jetting, Lubrication Pump For Akkerman GBM System

Akkerman Inc. has released a new combination Jetting and Lubrication Pump for its Guided Boring Machine (GBM) system.

New Video On Deere’s “Skid Steer Smackdown”

The new video on John Deere Construction & Forestry’s www.skidsteersmackdown.com offers a humorous take on classic, high-brow television but still delivers the unbridled “smack” that powered Season One of the construction industry’s most unique customer Web site.

Phenomenal Year for PLCA

The Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) experienced a "phenomenal" year in 2008, said association President Robert Johnston (pictured).

Pipeline Border Crossing

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

Zanders and Bauer Promoted at PLIDCO

The Pipe Line Development Company (PLIDCO), a leading designer and builder of standard and custom engineered products for pipeline repair and maintenance, recently promoted Bud Zanders to engineering manager and Reinhard Bauer to quality manager.


Huntsville Undertakes Nation’s Largest Root Control Project

The city of Huntsville, AL recently completed one of the largest sanitary sewer chemical root control projects in the country.

Record Bore Set On Virginia Natural Gas Project

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


EIA Report Says Planned U.S. Pipelines Carry $28 Billion Price Tag

Despite turmoil in the financial markets and oil prices that are the lowest since 2003, the U.S. natural gas industry appears likely to remain one of the stronger performers in the energy sector. Supporting this is the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) report, Additions to Capacity on the U.S. Natural Gas Pipeline Network: 2007.


AEM Elects Officers for 2009

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the North American-based international trade group representing the off-road equipment manufacturing industry, has elected its 2009 officers and directors.

Case CE Makes McGaugh VP, GM

Case Construction Equipment has appointed Danny McGaugh as vice president and general manager of Case Power and Equipment, a Case dealership that sells, rents and services Case construction and industrial equipment.

Houston PW Director Discusses "Surviving The Storms”

The city of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department Director Michael Marcotte addressed the December luncheon of the Gulf Coast Trenchless Association on Dec. 10. About 150 people were on hand to hear the presentation.

IronPlanet HQ in Dublin

IronPlanet, a leading online auction company for used construction and agricultural equipment, has announced that its European headquarters will be established in Dublin, Ireland.

NASSCO President Cites Many Accomplishments In 2008

That NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) has become an influential force in the sewer rehabilitation industry was clearly evident in 2008, said current association President Marc A. Anctil as he reviewed NASSCO accomplishments in the past 12 months.

New Used Website for Ditch Witch, Equipment Web Services

Ditch Witch and Equipment Web Services (EWS), a division of Dominion Enterprises, have launched a used equipment website: DitchWitchUsed.com.

Victaulic Opens New Branch

Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining systems, has opened a Great Lakes Branch in Aurora, IL.

Washington Watch

Climate Change Agenda Could Have FERC Selecting Pipeline Projects

Worries about potential escalating demand for natural gas from electric utilities and industrials forced to switch fuels because of climate change legislation from Congress was the major factor behind the FERC natural gas infrastructure workshop on Nov. 21.

Democratic future darkens prospects for LNG approvals

The gas infrastructure conference on Nov. 21 touched on LNG pricing and terminal construction, but never got into the political issues which are likely to bear on FERC’s approval of new LNG terminals.

FERC relents on key Issues in final posting rule

FERC walked a fine line with its final rule on natural gas flow posting, reducing the number of intrastate pipelines – called major non interstates for the purpose of this rulemaking – who will have to comply while at the same time ditching a former proposal which interstates had opposed. FERC threw a bone to interstates, too.