October 2014, Vol. 69, No. 10



In Memoriam

<strong>Norman A. “Norm” Sirna, Sr.</strong>, passed away on July 31. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Vivian; children Norman “Alex” (Elizabeth) and Santa; and grandchildren James Jr., Jonathan and Nicholas. Services were held at Hutchens Mortuary in Florissant, MO. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. <strong><em>Robert McCann Kirkpatrick</em></strong> [inline:Robert Kirkpatrick_obit_newsline.jpg]

Hoffman Equipment Receives President’s 2014 “E” Award

Hoffman Equipment is one of just 47 companies in the United States that received the President’s 2014 “E” Award in recognition of its significant contribution to increasing America’s exports.

U.S. Demand For Pipe To Exceed $63B

U.S. demand for pipe is expected to rise 7.3 percent per year to $63.5 billion in 2018.

Settlement Aims To Prevent Future Oil Spills By Cargill Inc.

Cargill Incorporated, a privately held multinational corporation headquartered in Minnetonka, MN, has agreed to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Water Act at two different large oil storage facilities located in Blair, NE, and Eddyville, IA.

RDX To Perfect Pipeline Right-Of-Way Easements In Ector County, TX

RDX Technologies Corporation, a water treatment and energy technology company, announced the filing of its easements in Ector County, TX, along its fully granted right-of-ways for its pipeline operation located in Odessa, TX.

Engineering Manual Gets Updated

The Vitrified Clay Pipe Engineering Manual is now available for download on the National Clay Pipe Institute (NCPI) website free of charge at VCP Engineering Manual.

Plains All American Plans Pipeline From Cushing To Memphis

Plains All American Pipeline L.P. announced in August that it will construct the Diamond Pipeline.

Regulators Approve Canada-to-NYC Power Line

The U.S. Department of Energy has completed its environmental review of a $2.2 billion project that will run a 330-mile electric line from Canada to New York City.

Industry Veteran Dick Schantz Dies

Richard (Dick) N. Schantz, of Cedarburg,WI, passed away Sept. 6. He was 71 years old.

CIGMAT Report 2014

The Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology’s (CIGMAT) research is focused on energy, water and wastewater infrastructures and pipelines maintenance, environmental issues and developing new smart materials for construction, maintenance and repairs.

New Products

New Vacuworx Tough Seal™ Improves Performance, Provides More Vacuum Lifts

The new patent-pending Tough Seal™, a pad seal formulated to endure rugged job sites while maintaining its integrity in extreme temperatures, is the latest innovation to be engineered by Vacuworx, a leading manufacturer and distributor of vacuum lifting equipment for handlers of heavy-duty pipeline or construction materials.

Surface to Surface Introduces Mixers

With its small footprint, the M-1500L was designed and manufactured as a narrower version of the M-1500 dual tank system that allows the HDD contractor two methods of mixing for Bentonite mud requirements.

CASE Construction Equipment Launches New Equipment Configurator

CASE Construction Equipment has launched a new equipment configurator at <a href="CaseCE.com/configure">CaseCE.com/configure</a>.

PFERD Introduces Plastic Package For Cut-Off Wheels

PFERD now offers a new, recyclable, stackable plastic package for all 4 ½-, 5- and 6-inch cut-off wheels for angle grinders with thickness .045 inch and less.

Underground Tools Offers Heavy-Duty Rock Trenching Chains

Underground Tools Inc. manufactures heavy-duty rock trenching chains for all makes and models of trenchers.

Fibrelite Launches Innovations In FRP Lightweight Composite Access Covers

Fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) products are now being widely used for applications where corrosion can destroy underground infrastructure.


Study: NACWA, AMWA Collaborate To Advance Water Sector Resilience

NACWA and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) have released the Water Resilience Summit Summary and Next Steps white paper.

California Approves Fines For Water-Wasters

As reported by the Associated Press, California water regulators voted in August to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades.

Atlas Copco’s Water For All Initiative Celebrates 30 Years

Atlas Copco’s employee-run Water for All organization is celebrating 30 years of providing people in need with long-term access to safe, clean water and sanitation.

Krausz USA Launches The HYMAX GRIP

Krausz USA’s HYMAX GRIP pipe coupling and flange adaptor features patented technology that uses universal teeth to restrain all types of connecting plastic and metal pipes.

Water Leaders Go To Capitol Hill, Rally Support For Investing In America

On Sept. 10, water sector leaders from across the country invited Washington to join them in investing the hundreds of billions of dollars required to strengthen the nation’s water infrastructure – helping bolster America’s workforce and sharpen the nation’s competitive edge.

Echologics Wins Top Water Industry Prize

Echologics, alongside Severn Trent Water and Loughborough University, took home the Water Industry Achievement Awards’ Most Innovative New Technology of the Year and the overall Outstanding Innovation 2014 awards.

Xylem Relocates North Carolina Branch To Larger Facility

Xylem, a leading global water technology company focused on addressing the world’s most challenging water issues, announces the relocation of its Garner, NC, branch.


Interplastic Names CIPP Product Manager

Jason Schiro has been promoted to the position of product manager-CIPP at Interplastic Corporation.

LMK Appoints VP Of Business Development

LMK Technologies welcomes industry professional Mike Czipar to the position of vice president of business development.

Flagler Construction Equipment Is New Takeuchi-US Florida Dealer

Takeuchi-US has announced Flagler Construction Equipment as their newest dealer in Florida.

PSI Brings Hill Aboard As Houston Project Specialist

Professional Service Industries Inc. (PSI) recently rehired Cynthia Hill as a project specialist in their Houston Construction Services Department.

Curry Supply Names Doyle Supply Chain Management Director

Curry Supply Company has named Robert Doyle as their director of supply chain management. In this newly created position, Doyle will be responsible for streamlining the ‘procure to pay’ process for all raw materials, services, components and ancillary items purchased for the company. He will establish collective purchasing arrangements with suppliers to acquire top quality products as well as ensure favorable service, delivery and costs.

CH2M HILL Gets Two Project Awards

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) recently announced the recipients of its 2014 Project/Team Awards, and two of CH2M HILL’s design-build projects, including the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility in Tucson, AZ, and the city of Wilsonville’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in Wilsonville, OR, received National Merit Awards in the Water/Wastewater category.

Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Selected As SAWS Design Consultant

The San Antonio Water System (SAWS), San Antonio, TX, has selected planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) as a design consultant to improve its water distribution and sanitary sewer collection system.

October 2014 Digital Edition

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Updated AEM Safety Manuals Outline Directional Drilling Best Practices

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has produced a new Directional Drilling safety manual and updated its Directional Drilling Tracking Equipment safety manual to reflect the latest industry best practices for drilling safely.

Vac-Tron Equipment Celebrates 20 Years Of Innovation

Okahumpka, FL-based Industrial vacuum equipment company, Vac-Tron Equipment LLC, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Terramac Names Two New Dealers

Terramac LLC, a manufacturer of innovative rubber track crawler carriers, welcomes McClung-Logan Equipment Company and Vermeer Texas-Louisiana to its authorized dealer network.

Hanson Pressure Pipe Takes Education On The Road

Hanson Pressure Pipe has taken its education outreach on the road, with a demonstration trailer designed to provide public works managers, engineers and contractors with a closer look at C-303 bar-wrapped concrete cylinder pipe.


HammerHead Unveils New Online Store For CIPP Products

HammerHead Trenchless Equipment has launched a new website for its HydraLiner cured-in-place pipe lateral lining system, offering 24/7 ordering of equipment and consumables.

Aclara Develops STAR ZoneScan

STAR ZoneScan, developed by Aclara, is an advanced automated detection system that can pinpoint underground leaks in water mains to within just three feet by collecting and analyzing acoustic data, thus helping to speed repair and identify trouble spots before they become major problems.

TT Technologies Presents New Winch Boom

TT Technologies’ winch boom is specially designed to aid in reversible pipe bursting operations.

Equipment Spotlight

Trenchless Pipe Rehabilitation With Primus Line

Primus Line’s has introduced an innovative technology for the trenchless rehabilitation of pressure pipelines for the water, and oil and gas using the long pipe lining with an annulus method.

Applied Felts Introduces AquaCure PS

Applied Felts announces its latest innovation in CIPP liner technology – AquaCure PS – a breakthrough product designed for force mains and other pressure pipe applications, including non-potable water.

Rehab Focus: Trenchless Pipe Replacement

Trenchless pipe replacement by Tenbusch, TT Technologies, HammerHead Trenchless Equipment and Nowak Pipe Reaming.

Equipment Spotlight: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

<strong>Ditch Witch</strong> Designed for contractors and utility engineers, the Ditch Witch 2450GR ground penetrating radar system is instrumental in utility mapping efforts. Ideal for urban planning, void and sinkhole detection, concrete detection and locating underground storage tanks – the 2450GR locates cables and metallic and non-metallic pipes in one pass at depths of up to 19.7 feet and provides fast, clear images with its 5.6 mph survey speed and digitally controlled radar. 800.654.6481, <a href="ditchwitch.com">ditchwitch.com</a> <strong>Vermeer</strong>

Equipment Spotlight: Compact Track Loaders

Compact track loaders by John Deere, Caterpillar, Bobcat, CASE Construction Equipment, Volvo and New Holland.


Hallmark Project Makes Strong Case for Pilot Tube Guided Auger Boring

Given the remarkable capabilities of trenchless technology, crossing a body of water known as the Little River in Massachusetts using horizontal directional drilling (HDD) doesn’t seem like it would be all that difficult.

Pipe Burst A “Walk In The Park” For No-Dig Tec

Summing up the largest diameter pipe burst performed by his company to date, John Newell, general manager of No-Dig Tec of Dallas, quipped, “It was just a walk in the park.”

New Water Assessment Technology Provides Detailed Data

Global Asset Management Engineering Consultants (GAME) has introduced to North American pipeline assessment technology that provides pipe wall thickness plus three dimensional and closed-circuit television (CCTV) inspections of water mains in diameters from four to 12 inches.

Editor's Log

When Research Dollars Return

Federal standards for off-road diesel engines were first adopted in 1994 for engines over 50 horsepower and called Tier 1.

Washington Watch

FERC's Moeller Presses Online Gas Trading Platform; Industry Unenthusiastic

FERC "pipeline" Commissioner Phillip Moeller held a workshop on Sept. 18, to explore the possibility of the commission, on its own or through a third party, setting up an online trading platform for the nomination and confirmation of pipeline deliveries of natural gas.