December 2014, Vol. 69, No. 12



UCTA To Honor Industry Leader Rod Thornhill

Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) and Underground Construction magazine has been awarding industry leaders with its Most Valuable Professional (MVP) career achievement award for two decades.

PSI Brings Aboard Bass As Project Engineer

Professional Service Industries Inc. (PSI) recently hired Brian Bass, P.E., as project engineer in its Houston, TX, Construction Services Department.

Duke Energy, OTD

Cooperative research in the natural gas industry is demonstrating its ability to meet the needs of energy customers, boost the benefits of natural gas as an energy source, and identify emerging needs and solutions.

StraightLine HDD Rolls Out New Generation Web Site

StraightLine HDD has rolled out a new generation web site to address the growing number of HDD operators moving to mobile devices to research and specify tooling options.

NiSource To Separate Natural Gas Pipeline, Related Businesses

NiSource Inc. announced that its board of directors has approved in principle plans to separate its natural gas pipeline and related businesses into a stand-alone publicly traded company.

Thompson Pipe Group, American Concrete Pipe Association

When Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25) toured the Johnson County Pipe Plant in Alvarado, TX, on Aug. 19, he didn’t just shake hands and marvel at the state-of-the-art machinery. He actually manufactured a piece of concrete pipe himself!

Hyundai Appoints J. Gross Equipment To Dealer Network

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has appointed J. Gross Equipment to their rapidly growing dealer network.

Sauereisen Appoints Golla As Sales Manager

Sauereisen, a third-generation manufacturer of corrosion-resistant materials, welcomes Mark Golla to lead its sales team.

Felling Trailers Raises Money For Pancreatic Cancer Research

Felling Trailers’ online auction of one of its most popular trailers to bring awareness and support of pancreatic cancer research raised $3,400.

December 2014 Digital Edition

The <a href="">digital edition</a> of <em>Underground Construction</em>, December 2014, Vol. 69, No. 12.

GF Piping Systems, GF Machining Solutions

Lincolnshire, IL, both part of Switzerland-based Georg Fischer Ltd., welcomed more than 150 guests including many city and state officials, at the grand opening of their new Irvine facilities on Oct. 9.

Report Confirms Importance Of Calling 811 Before Digging

Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the stakeholder-run organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the people who dig near them, recently announced findings from its comprehensive 2013 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report.

Justman Promoted To GM Of Michels Facilities Construction

Eric Justman has been promoted to general manager of Facilities Construction for Michels Pipeline Construction.

HammerHead Opens Canadian Location, Names Ramming/Bursting Manager

Andy Braithwaite has accepted the position of ramming and bursting sales manager for HammerHead Trenchless Equipment in its new eastern Canada regional office.

HERRENKNECHT Teamwork Ensures Swift Pipe Jacking Under Elbe.

Breakthrough by a micro-tunnelling machine from Herrenknecht in a pipe-jacking project near Hamburg has closed a decisive gap in the construction of two new gas pipelines. The 1.5 kilometer route runs up to 35 meters under the Elbe through various, partially complex geological zones. This demanding technical challenge was competently mastered by the long-term Herrenknecht contractor A.Hak Drillcon on December 4, 2014 after a total of 112 days of tunnelling and in time for the feast day of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of tunnel builders and miners.

December 2014 Ad Index

Advertisers from the print edition of <em>Underground Construction</em>, December 2014, Vol. 69, No. 12.

New Products

Small Recycler, Mud Clean-Up Vac Highlight New DW Fluid Products

Two new products – both directly related to fluids used for horizontal direction drilling (HDD) operations – have been added to the Ditch Witch product line. The MR90 fluid recycling system is specifically designed for use with small to medium-sized drill rigs which make up the majority of HDD units on the job today. The MV800 mud vacuum is an economical, durable portable vacuum system specifically developed for cleaning up drilling fluids on directional drilling sites. Both are available now through the worldwide Ditch Witch dealer organization.

Composite Manhole Rings Offer Light-Weight, Water-Tight Solutions

New composite manhole rings and covers have been introduced by BlueGreen Municipal Solutions.


The InfraMarker System from Berntsen is a state of the art integration of RFID technology, magnetic locating technology, cloud data storage and mobile software to locate and manage underground utility infrastructure.

Advance Metal Working

The Lift-a-Load Trailer with tongue hitch with ball or lunette coupler allows full use of the vehicle bed. Vans or covered trucks can also be used as tow vehicles.

Brokk Spotlights TE160 Hydraulic Drifter Rock Drill

Brokk’s TE160 hydraulic drifter rock drill from TEI Rock Drills is ideal for tunneling applications.

LaValley Industries Adds Mat Arm To DECKHAND Line

The newest arm attachment for LaValley Industries’ DECKHAND product line is the Mat Arm which can be used on the DECKHAND “DHS”, DECKHAND “DH4” and DECKHAND “DHL” platforms.

PowerPrime Pumps Launches Versatile New SiteMax Pump

Power Prime Pumps recently announced availability of their newest centrifugal pump the SiteMax pump.


Air Lance Excavation equipment uses compressed air to produce a high-speed, laser-like jet to break up soil and aid in rapid digging.

Atlas Copco Releases QAS 25 Generator

Atlas Copco Portable Energy announced the release of its new QAS 25 generator, which is equipped with an Isuzu 4LE engine and a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) to achieve Tier 4 Final emission levels.

AFC Presents 60-inch Series 2500 Flex-Ring Boltless Restrained Joint Valve

Weighing in at nearly 30,000 pounds and with a height of more than 13 feet, AMERICAN Flow Control’s (AFC) 60-inch Series 2500 Flex-Ring boltless restrained joint valve is the first and the largest resilient wedge gate valve (RWGV) in the industry without flanged ends.


Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will be holding its premier global auction in Orlando, FL, on Feb. 16-20, 2015.

New Excavation Shoring Association Formed To Promote Worker Safety

An new international shoring safety trade association – the North American Excavation Shoring Association (NAXSA) – was recently formed to help promote personal worker safety and the effective use of shoring practices for all workers in this field across the nation.

FMI Opens 5th U.S. Office

FMI Corporation, a leading provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, has opened a new office in Houston, TX. This is FMI’s fifth office in the United States.

Tracto-Technik Presents 10th Hands-On Days

According to this new claim Tracto-Technik (TT) presented its complete range of no-dig systems during the 10th “Hands on Days” held Sept. 16 – 26.

Senate Holds Hearing On Utility Of Future; NACWA Members Testify

The Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss the innovative advances being made in the clean water arena as well as the challenges faced by clean water agencies that are seeking to embrace the concept of the Water Resources Utility of the Future.

In Memoriam: Larry A. Roetzel

<strong>Larry A. Roetzel</strong>, 68, died Oct. 29, in Little Rock, AR, after an extended illness.

In Memoriam: Glen McIver

<strong>Glen McIver</strong>, 59, died Oct. 30, in Abilene, TX.

In Memoriam: Stephen Jack Morgan

<strong>Stephen Jack Morgan</strong>, 67, passed away on Oct. 15 in Merrillville, IN.

TransCanada Applies For Energy East Pipeline Consent

TransCanada Corp filed for National Energy Board approval of its $10.8 billion Energy East pipeline to ship oil sands crude to eastern refineries and Atlantic export ports.

City Council Approves SAWS Vista Ridge Contract

In a unanimous vote, San Antonio City Council approved the contract to bring 16.3 billion gallons of new non-Edwards Aquifer water annually for 30 years, and then own the pipeline.

Spectra Energy Proposes Crude Oil Pipeline From Rockies To Midwest

Spectra Energy and Spectra Energy Partners announced in October a proposed expansion of their oil pipeline network, with service from Guernsey, WY, to Patoka, IL.

Equipment Spotlight

Rehab Focus: Bypass Pumping

Bypass pumping by Rain for Rent, Gorman-Rupp, Godwin and Thompson Pump.

Equipment Spotlight: Rubber Tire Trenchers, Vibratory Plows

Rubber tire trenchers and vibratory plows from Ditch Witch, Mid America Trenchers, Toro and Vermeer. <strong>Ditch Witch</strong>


Woodbridge Energy Goes Underground With Thermal Grout

Competitive Power Ventures is currently building a new dual energy (primary- natural gas; secondary- ultra-low sulfur diesel) high-efficiency generating plant in north central New Jersey.

Tackling Maine’s Largest Solar Power Project

Enterprise Trenchless Technologies Inc. (ETTI) and sister company Enterprise Electric (EE) worked together to complete a key element of the largest solar power project ever built in the state of Maine. It was ETTI’s first “green energy” project.

S&N Adapts, Grows To Meet Market Needs

North Carolina-based contracting company S&N Communications has quietly evolved from a respected regional installer of telephone cable to a utility contractor with a national footprint.

Fiber Growth Driven By Multiple Market Demands

Fiber is hot again in the telecommunications market.

Small Recycler, Mud Clean-Up Vac Headline New DW Fluid Products

Two new products – both directly related to fluids used for horizontal direction drilling (HDD) operations – have been added to the Ditch Witch product line.

Editor's Log

America’s Fiber Habit

Recent research and anecdotal evidences leaves little doubt that the United States’ fiber-to-the-home appetite continues to be ravenous.

Washington Watch

GOP Control Of Senate In 2015 Improves Legislative Outlook For Pipelines

The ascent of Republicans to majority status in the U.S. Senate in 2015 means the pipeline industry will be able to play more effective defense against Obama administration regulations it opposes and more effective offense behind energy legislation it supports.