November 2009 Vol. 64 No. 11


Equipment Spotlight

2009 Large Directional Drilling Rig Census

When horizontal directional drilling (HDD) professionals discuss the size of an HDD rig, they usually refer to the maximum pullback force the unit can develop.

Lasers: AGATEC Construction Lasers

The A710S automatic dual grade laser is designed to work on any job site. It’s ideal for machine control, site work, leveling, alignment and layout.

Lasers: AGL GL2700 pipe laser

The GL2700 pipe laser is ideal for sanitary and storm sewers, pipe jacking and tunneling.

Lasers: Apache Technologies ARROW 2

The ARROW 2 pipe laser provides the utility contractor with a rugged, reliable tool that stands up to the demands of tough jobsite conditions and has the features required to lay pipe fast and accurately.

Lasers: Leica Geosystems

The Leica Piper series of pipe lasers are perfect for storm and sanitary sewer construction, gravity flow pipe line and anywhere grade and line are required with a single beam.

Lasers: Topcon Positioning Systems TP-L4B

Topcon’s TP-L4B is the perfect entry-level utility laser for those in search of high accuracy and great features at an economical price.

Medium and Large Excavators: Caterpillar

Caterpillar manufactures three large hydraulic excavators – the 345D L, 365C L and 385C L.

Medium and Large Excavators: Hitachi

The ZX200LC-3 excavator delivers more swing torque, drawbar pull and lift capacity, with less emissions and noise.

Medium and Large Excavators: John Deere

The 190D W and the 220D W wheeled excavators feature Tier 3-certified engines with fuel-efficient 5.2-L diesel engines rated at 159 hp.

Medium and Large Excavators: Kobelco

The SK170LC has an operating weight (with bucket) of 37,800 pounds, maximum digging depth 21 feet 5 inches and bucket breakout force of 24,900 pounds.

Medium and Large Excavators: Komatsu

The PC138USLC-8 short tail swing excavator has a net horsepower of 92 and an operating weight of 31,107 to 32,568 pounds.

Medium and Large Excavators: Liebherr

The R 924 C is designed to give the operator more convenient cab access and better visibility.

Medium and Large Excavators: New Holland

The mid-size E70 has a standard counterweight that never extends beyond the tracks.

Medium and Large Excavators: Volvo CE

The new Volvo EW230C excavator is built around a new, more robust platform, which is designed to ensure stability.

Mini Skid Steers (Ride-On/Walk Behind): Ditch Witch SK350

Responding to requests by compact utility equipment customers for greater power and productivity, Ditch Witch has combined compact size and outstanding power and versatility to create the SK350.

Mini Skid Steers (Ride-On/Walk Behind): Vermeer

With a rated tip capacity of 2,400 pounds and SAE operating capacity of 840 pounds, the new Vermeer S800TX mini skid steer can efficiently lift and transport a large load of material in and around confined spaces.

Wheel loaders: Case CE

Case Construction Equipment has announced the availability of joystick steering on Case E Series wheel loaders.

Wheel loaders: Caterpillar

The Caterpillar 938H wheel loader and IT38H with integrated tool carrier linkage feature the Cat C6.6 engine with ACERT Technology for responsive power and low emissions.

Wheel loaders: John Deere

The model 444K wheel loader with Tier 3 emission-certified diesel packs an impressive torque reserve for power.

Wheel loaders: Kubota Tractor

The R420S and R520S wheel loaders are powered by fuel efficient three- and four-cylinder Kubota diesel engines rated for 43- and 49-hp, respectively.

Wheel loaders: New Holland

The W130B wheel loader tool carrier model boasts a closed-center, load-sensing hydraulic system that delivers fast cycle times and maximum breakout force.


Pipe Profiling Sonar Chosen for New York Contract

Two Model 1512 Pipe Profiling Sonars have been bought from Marine Electronics Ltd, UK, by the National Water Main Cleaning Co. of Newark, NJ.

UV Technology Saves Historic Home

Underground pipe repair technology that uses ultraviolet (UV) light helped preserve an 18th Century home nestled among hills near Pittsburgh, PA.

New Products

Aqualiner’s New Pipe Lining Product Receives NSF 61 Certification

Aqualiner Limited announces that its new water pipe lining product called Rembrandt has received NSF/ANSI Standard 61 certification from the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF).

Astec EarthPro Geothermal Drill Rig Built To Harness The Earth’s Energy

The new Astec EarthPro Geothermal 4550 (truck-mounted) and 4550X (track-mounted) drill rigs are designed to meet the specialized demands of geothermal system installations.

Case CE 400 Series 3 skid steers

The new Case 400 Series 3 skid steers feature radial- and vertical-lift configurations, redesigned cabs offering more room and better visibility, and superior serviceability for increased uptime.

Condux International: Comfit Couplers and Microfit Connectors

Condux International has been appointed as the exclusive North American supplier of Comfit Couplers and Microfit Connectors and accessories by Plassim Ltd.

Envista 2009 Release 2

The new Envista 2009 Release 2 is a web-based software program developed for infrastructure project coordination.

Kenco Self-Leveling Pipe Hook

The Self-Leveling Pipe Hook is ideal for lifting a wide range of sizes and types of pipe, even elliptical pipe.

New Abrasion Resistant Outer Coating For Pipes

Denso North America has introduced Protal ARO (Abrasion Resistant Outercoating), the newest coating product from the leaders in corrosion prevention and sealing technology.

Pipeline Inspection Company SPY 780

The SPY 780 direct current operation offers greater reliability and operating flexibility when FCE (fusion bonded epoxy) and other thin coatings are inspected.

Rain for Rent: DV300c-Electric self-priming pump

The DV300c-Electric self-priming pump has a high flow rate of up to 10,000 gpm.

Thompson Pump Unveils Eco-Friendly Dry-Prime Pump

Thompson Pump’s new heavy duty 4-inch eco-friendly dry-priming electric driven pump, model 4JSVC, was unveiled at the 2009 WEFTEC tradeshow in October.

Washington Watch

EPA GHG Emission Requirements Could Affect Interstate Pipelines

Pipelines dodged one Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas (GHG) bullet temporarily but may get hit by another.

Florida Raises "Significant National Issue" In FERC Consideration Of FGT Project

The state of Florida is pressing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to put conditions on its approval of Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC's Phase VIII Expansion Project.


Complex Project Requires Slide Rail Shoring System

The University of North Carolina took advantage of the ongoing renovation of its baseball stadium to also replace the storm water infrastructure that runs below the stadium and ball field.

Construction of Gas Pipeline Relied Heavily on HDD to Minimize Environmental Impacts

The recently completed Line 108 Replacement Project featured the use of HDD for portions of the pipeline installation beneath two rivers and two extremely sensitive natural areas.

Geothermal Growth Offers New Options For Underground Contractors

A good case can be made that using the earth's natural energy storing capabilities is the most cost efficient and environmentally friendly way to heat and cool homes, businesses and institutional buildings.

Laney Celebrates 20 Years As Large HDD Pioneer

Throughout 2009, the Laney Directional Drilling Co., Humble, TX, has been celebrating its 20th year in business.

Major Wisconsin Project Succeeds Despite Constricted Conditions

Big Ten football equals crowds and traffic in the heart of Madison, WI. About 80,000 people poured into Camp Randall for the opening football game for the University of Wisconsin Badgers on Sept. 5.

Military Base Sewer System Upgraded With HDPE Pipe

The recent expansion of the sanitary sewer system at Ft. Lewis, WA, included the installation of 5,000 feet of 36 inch and 400 feet of 30 inch diameter HDPE pipe to replace the base’s vitrified clay system.

Miller Pipeline Helps Bring Keyholing To China

As China continues to consolidate its position as a political, economic and industrial world power, many of its large cities are experiencing the same infrastructure problems as those in other areas of the world.

North American, International Pipeline Construction Remains Strong

<em>Underground Construction</em>’s latest survey figures that indicate 125,458 miles of oil and gas pipelines are under construction and planned worldwide.

Pipebursting Evolution

Over the past 20 years, pipebursting has become firmly established as a primary method of replacing underground pipe infrastructure past its useful life.

Specifying Backhoes For Maximum Versatility

The backhoe loader is really two machines in one, and the specifying process is twice as important.


November Ad Index

Advertisers in the print edition for November 2009, Vol. 64 No. 11

November Business News: Ritchie Bros., John Deere, Gormann-Rupp and more

<a href="">Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers</a> <a href="">John Deere</a> <a href="">Gorman-Rupp</a> <a href="">Bobcat</a>

Editor's Log

Editor's Log: Energy Sanity

During the 2008 national elections, there was much rhetoric about leadership. Unfortunately, in regards to the energy industry, that leadership has failed miserably with no indication of sanity any time soon.


Andrew Mayer Selected As UCTA MVP Winner

Andrew J. Mayer, founder and president of Murphy Pipeline Contractors Inc., has been named the winner of the prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award sponsored by UCTA.

GF Piping Systems Supports International UA Apprenticeship Contest

GF Piping Systems recently supported the United Association International Apprenticeship Competition in Ann Arbor, MI, by donating time, materials and welding equipment.

November Newsline: Water industry $127B in 2009; Inergy pipeline update; Tampa sewer rates rising

<a href="">Water industry projected to be worth $127B in 2009</a> <a href="">Inergy moves ahead with natural gas pipeline</a> <a href="">Tampa’s sewer rates to rise</a> <a href="">Clean Water Act spurs Jeffersonville, IN, to upgrade sewer systems</a><em></em>

November Rehab News: Nu Flow, SAK, National Coating and Vacall

<a href="">Nu Flow partners with Flow-Liner</a> <a href="">Hirtz joins SAK Construction</a> <a href="">National Coating & Lining joins Sprayroq Certified Partners network</a> <a href="">Chavez named VP of Vacall product group</a>

Quanta Services To Acquire Price Gregory

Quanta Services Inc. has announced that it will acquire Price Gregory Services Inc., a leading natural gas and oil transmission pipeline infrastructure service provider in North America.

UCT RehabZone® Goes Live In 2010

The RehabZone will be hosting live product and technology demonstrations at the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) in Tampa, FL, on Jan. 19-21, 2010.