November 2014, Vol. 69, No. 11



Tarrant Regional Water District Receives ISI Envision Silver Award

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced that the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), of North Central Texas has earned the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system’s Silver award for their Line J, Section 1 Pipeline project.

OSHA Update: New Reporting Requirements Start Jan 1st

Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Santa Maria Gets Tech Assistance From EPA For Green Infrastructure, Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is providing $67,000 in technical assistance to the city of Santa Maria, CA, to help it plan for water quality management.

National Fuel Gas Company CEO Elected INGAA Chairman

The board of directors of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America announced the election of Ronald J. Tanski, president and chief executive officer of National Fuel Gas Company, as chairman of the INGAA board of directors for a one-year term from October 2014 to October 2015.

OSHA, National Safety Council Renew Worker Safety Alliance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Safety Council has renewed their alliance to work together to protect the health and safety of workers and understand the rights of workers and responsibilities of employers under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Spectra Energy, Northeast Utilities Announce New England Energy Reliability Solution

Spectra Energy Corp., Spectra Energy Partners and Northeast Utilities (NU) recently announced details of the Access Northeast project, designed to reliably meet growing demand for natural gas in New England while providing environmental and economic benefits to the region.

GAO Says EPA Needs More Fracking Oversight

Federal environment officials have failed to adequately oversee hundreds of thousands of wells used to inject toxic oil and gas drilling waste deep underground, according to a new congressional report.

Cost Increase Won’t Delay Vermont’s Gas Pipeline

State utility regulators ruled on Oct. 10 that Vermont Gas Systems can continue to build its pipeline from Chittenden County to Addison County despite substantial cost overruns, as reported in VPR News.


The Tradition Continues - Annual Grout School Set For Jan 14-15, 2015

A team of subject matter experts from Aries, Avanti and Logiball come together in Webster, TX to bring you the two-day Annual Grout School with application detail review of the ASTM and ICGA/NASSCO specifications and hands-on workshops for chemical grout mixing and testing, and equipment operation and maintenance.

TWDB Appoints Farias, Huntoon As Team Managers

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) announced Luis Farias and Lee Huntoon as its new team managers for the Northeast Regional Planning Area and Panhandle/West Regional Planning Area, respectively.

LAN Hires Cormack, Hebbe As Project Managers

Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) announces the hiring of Chad Cormack, P.E., CFM and Craig Hebbe, P.E. as project managers for the firm’s Austin, TX, office.

OSHA's Michaels Appoints Perry As Director Of Standards, Guidance

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels has appointed Bill Perry as the new director of the agency’s Directorate of Standards and Guidance.

EHC Inc. Celebrates Efforts, Tenure Of Employees

EHC Inc., a construction company that provides pre-construction, earthwork and infrastructure services, announced that 20 percent of employees marked five-plus years of service at the company in 2014, one of which celebrates a 20-year anniversary.

Radiodetection Scores Win At International Locate Rodeo

Radiodetection was a winner again at the International Locate Rodeo in Atlanta, GA.

Tulsa Rig Iron Celebrates Facility Expansion With Open House, Ribbon Cutting

In August, family-owned Tulsa Rig Iron held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new state-of-the-art facility sitting on 20 acres just south of Tulsa, OK.

PFERD Appoints Lindley As Applications Specialist

PFERD Inc. announces the appointment of Sean Lindley as applications specialist covering Louisiana and Texas with occasional assignments in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Source: HDD® Expands Operations

Source: HDD® Inc., has completed a move into a new 43,000 square foot facility.

November 2014 Digital Edition

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New Canadian Distributor For Universal HDD

Universal HDD welcomes UNI West HDD as the new exclusive Western Canadian distributor for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. They are the exclusive distributor for all Universal HDD equipment including HDD drills, parts and service. Universal HDD offers pipe and tooling for all HDD rigs, locating equipment, mud systems, UNI Hammer, and new and used equipment. 844-UNI-WEST (844.864.9378); <a href=""></a>

New Case SiteWatch iPad App

Further empowering construction companies to improve productivity, run more efficiently and decrease maintenance costs, Case Construction Equipment has announced the introduction of its SiteWatch app for the iPad.

Fort Worth Water Director Frank Crumb Retires

Fort Worth Water Director Frank Crumb retired Sept. 12 after more than 30 years of employment with the city of Fort Worth, TX. In October, he accepted a position with Half Associaties.

November 2014 Ad Index

Advertisers from the print edition of <em>Underground Construction</em>, November 2014, Vol. 69 No. 11.


NYC Launches Service Line Protection Program for Homeowners

Failures to aging water and sewer service lines are on the increase in major cities and small towns alike throughout the United States.

Energy Conference, Charity Event Highlight The Pipeline and Energy Expo

Formerly known as the Tulsa Pipeline Expo, the rebranded and expanded The Pipeline and Energy Expo was held in August at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa.

Pipeline Construction Outlook Strong Both In Domestic, International Markets

The United States and Canada will require an annual average midstream natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids midstream infrastructure investment of nearly $30 billion per year, or $641 billion total over the 22-year period from 2014 to 2035, a new study finds.

HammerHead Trenchless Equipment Celebrates 25 years

<em>Special to Underground Construction</em> Jon Haas had been using piercing tools as part of a military experiment, installing pipes under roads and runways. After completing some of the bores, he was puzzled to see water coming from an elevated fill section of the pavement he was working on. The only possible explanation for water at this highpoint was that it must have been trapped under the pavement. The bore from the piercing tool released it.

Laying The Groundwork For Growth

You don’t have to listen hard to hear the housing boom occurring in Portland, OR. Growth and development echo through the Columbia River Valley, bounding off hundreds of new rooftops — symbols of rebirth and renewal for Phoenix Excavating, Vancouver, WA.

Consumers Energy Invests In The Future

Consumers Energy Company, Michigan’s largest utility provider, plans to spend $150 million this year to expand and upgrade its natural gas system that includes 28,000 miles of distribution and transmission pipelines serving 1.7 gas million customers throughout the state.

Use Of Rammers For HDD Continues To Grow, Diversify

Improvements in equipment continue to expand capabilities, experience and project owner recognition of the benefits of horizontal directional drilling.

Tulsa Rig Iron Introduces Unique Hydrostatic Test Pump Package

Tulsa Rig Iron has added to its product line a hydrostatic test pump package designed specifically to fill and pressure up new and repaired pipelines for integrity testing before they are put into service.

NASSCO Standard Bearers

<em>EDITOR’S NOTE: In 2016, NASSCO will celebrate its 40th year of setting standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As we look forward, we also look back to those who have made significant contributions and have impacted the continued acceptance and use of trenchless technologies.

Equipment Spotlight

Rehab Focus: Manhole Repair Products

Manhole repair products by Hobas Pipe USA, The Strong Company, Cretex Specialty Products, Raven Lining Systems, AP/M Permaform, Avanti, Sauereisen, Sealing Systems, Protective Liner Systems, Containment Solutions, Parson Environmental Products and CCI Spectrum.

Excavators (Medium & Large)

Excavators by Kobelco, John Deere, Doosan, Volvo Construction Equipment, Case, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Caterpillar and Hitachi.

Equipment Spotlight: Wheel Loaders

Wheel loaders by Doosan, New Holland, CASE, Volvo Construction Equipment, John Deere, Hyundai and Caterpillar.

New Products

Toro Spotlights RT1200 Riding Trencher

The RT1200 is an all-new riding trencher designed with versatility and productivity in mind.

Advance Metal Working Announces Lift-a-Load Elevating Platform Trailer

The Lift-a-Load Elevating Platform Trailer can be hydraulically lowered flat to ground height or raised up to dock height.

Oxford Plastics Releases LowPro Trench Cover

The LowPro trench cover has an innovative flexi-edge system which greatly reduces trip hazards for pedestrians and helps to reduce any unwanted movement.

Eull’s Mfg. Rolls Out Eull’s Manhole Shield

To keep manholes properly maintained and free of water intrusion, Eull’s Manufacturing introduces a turnkey system for final manhole adjustment – Eull’s Manhole Shield.

StraightLine HDD Introduces New Hammer Model

StraightLine HDD introduces a 3-inch model to its RockEye line of hammers.

Michigan Contractor Tackles Deep Excavation Inside Building

JD Construction, headquartered in Lambertville, MI, was recently charged with installing the pour-in-place looping pit for a new 150 by 70 foot Alcos Slitting Line at Heidtman Steel Product’s new East Chicago facility located only a mile away from Lake Michigan.

Power Dynamics Completes HDD Rig For Harding Directional Drilling

Power Dynamics LLC (PDI) announces completion of a custom designed and manufactured maxi-rig for Harding Directional Drilling of Bryan, TX.

Schonstedt Instrument Introduces XTpc+ Pipe And Cable Locator

Hitting buried utilities? Use the construction and utility contractor’s tool of choice – the Schonstedt XTpc+ Multi-Frequency Pipe & Cable Locator.

Editor's Log

TTC: Back To Beginnings

As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. In some cases, that’s a good thing.

Washington Watch

Changes At Top Federal Pipeline Regulatory Agencies

One top federal pipeline regulator left her job and a senior state regulator is coming to Washington to fill a second top pipeline job.