August 2015, Vol. 70, No.8


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Atlas Copco names new VP of sales for its rental channel Atlas Copco appointed Matt Cadnum as vice president of sales for its rental channel where he will grow its breadth of products and services for rental centers across the U.S. Cadnum. Formerly Atlas Copco Construction Equipment’s aftermarket v..

Ditch Witch Undercon Acquires Omaha Dealership

Pictured, from left to right are: Jake Sadler, COO; Lenny Sadler, CEO; and Roy Rathgeber, branch manager. Ditch Witch Undercon has expanded its market with the acquisition of Ditch Witch of Omaha. The sale was finalized July 16 with service to customers shifting seamlessly at the same location to ..

Pure Technologies

Dr. John Matthews, program manager for Corporate Initiatives. Pure Technologies, a world leader in the development and application of innovative technologies for inspection, monitoring and management of physical infrastructure, has hired Dr. John Matthews as a program manager for Corporate Initiati..

Currently at CUIRE: Research & Education

CUIRE-UTA Forms Committee to Research Integrating Underground Freight Transportation into Existing Intermodal Systems Led by the University of Texas-Arlington’s Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education, a Stakeholder Committee is being formed to oversee the planning and design ..

New Products

PLM Unveils Newest Custom Carrier Solution – The PANTHER T12

PipeLine Machinery International (PLM) announces a new custom equipment solution to the pipeline industry – the PANTHER T12 by PRINOTH. As the latest innovation in a low ground pressure carrier crawler, the PANTHER T12 operates in off-road and various weather conditions offering exceptional performa..

SENSIT Technologies

SENSIT Technologies’ SENSIT HXG-2d Combustible Gas Leak Detector has received ATEX compliance certification. ATEX approvals enable the product to be used in Europe and other countries that require ATEX certification. The SENSIT HXG-2d meets ATEX requirements when used with approved batteries. The S..

Rehab Products

REHAB PRODUCTS: TT Technologies, ID-TEC TT Technologies TT Technologies’ new winch boom is specially designed to aid in reversible pipe bursting operations. The new boom provides extra clearance in the manhole or exit pit to allow for the easy removal of the pipe bursting expander during reversibl..

Vermeer Launches S3 Navigators

“Speed, simplicity and sound are represented by the S3 designation,” said Jon Kuyers, Vermeer senior global product manager, underground. “To earn the S3 badge, a machine must document improvements in each of those areas.” Kuyers said each model has been upgraded with a simplified design providing ..

Equipment Spotlight

Spotlight: Mini Skid-Steers

Mini Skid-Steer Loaders: Vermeer, Toro, Ditch Witch, Bobcat Vermeer The S725TX has a 750-pound SAE-rated operating capacity with a 2,145-pound tipping capacity. A 24.8-hp Kubota Tier 4 Final engine features four cylinders producing more torque than models with three-cylinder engines for improved p..

Spotlight: Attachments

Attachments: Bobcat, Toro, CASE, Deere Bobcat Complete landscape installations, underground utilities, septic systems and other excavating applications with Bobcat’s backhoe attachment. The backhoe attachment features digging depths from 6-11 feet and bucket widths from 9-39 inches, making it idea..

Spotlight: Skid-Steer Loaders

Skid-Steer Loaders: Deere, Volvo, Caterpillar, Bobcat, CASE John Deere The 74 hp, 326E skid steer features a flat floor design with 25 percent more foot room than previous models. Low-effort electro-hydraulic controls allow an easy switch to ISO, H-pattern or foot pedal controls for operation with ..

Product Focus: Robotic Cutters

Product Focus: Robotic Cutters: LMK Technologies, Pipeline Renewal Technologies, CUES LMK Technologies German engineered Schwalm Robotic systems cut faster and are the most efficient cutter in the market. Self-driven, Schwalm robots can access the pipe and make renovations from a single manhole ..


KorTerra To Integrate One Call

There are more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States, reports the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), an organization committed to preventing damage to buried utilities. The number increases every day. In spite of the efforts of CGA, owners and operators of utility services,..

UCTA to recognize Dr. Tom Iseley as 2016 MVP

On Feb. 3, 2016, the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) and Underground Construction magazine will honor David Thomas (Tom) Iseley, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE for his contributions to the underground infrastructure industry at UCTA’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) ceremony held i..

Discover UCT 2016 in Atlanta!

Smart Business, Premier Exhibits and Top Notch Industry Education The Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) is moving to downtown Atlanta, GA, Feb. 3-4, 2016. The move brings a new location – the Georgia World Congress Center – new business opportunities an..

San Diego to Host WESTT No-Dig

The 11th Western Regional No-Dig Conference & Exhibition will be hosted by the Western Society for Trenchless Technology (WESTT), along with media partner Underground Construction magazine, from Oct. 26-27 at The Declan Suites San Diego in San Diego, CA. Attendees can join with contractors, enginee..

Laney Completes Record-setting Direct Pipe Installation
Pipe / HDD

In 2013, due to the surge in domestic natural gas production and abundant U.S. supplies, Houston-based Cheniere Energy made a prudent business decision. Recognizing the economic opportunity that could be derived from exporting (versus importing) natural gas, Cheniere Energy embarked on a major upgra..


Rehab News

Avanti appoints VP of operations Frank Aguilar has been appointed Avanti International’s vice president of operations and “integrator” of Avanti’s business endeavors. Aguilar has been part of the Avanti team for over 15 years, serving 14 years as technical product manager with responsibilities incl..

ASCE to Recognize Dr. Tom Iseley as Distinguished Member

In October, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will recognize David Thomas (Tom) Iseley, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE for his contributions to the trenchless technology industry at ASCE’s 2015 Distinguished Member Induction Ceremony held during their Annual Convention, Oct. 11-14, in New Yo..

New Tunnel now connected to the Northfolk Shoreline

The Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project team reached a major construction milestone for the new Midtown Tunnel with the immersion of the last tunnel element, connecting the shorelines of Portsmouth and Norfolk. The project’s design-build contractor, SKW Constructors (a joint venture of Skanska, K..

Contech Engineered Solutions helps build 9/11 site

Contech Engineered Solutions supplied a new stormwater detention system to Liberty Park, an elevated public park under construction in the new World Trade Center in New York City. A stormwater detention system was needed to meet NYC Department of Environmental Protection stormwater regulations. The..


Vermeer Launches Productivity Tools Package

Vermeer productivity tools package InSite Productivity Tools from Vermeer help HDD contractors streamline and simplify the entire job process from planning to invoicing, allowing the contractor to more easily document project work. By combining documentation, bore planning, data collection and rem..

Washington Watch

Pipelines Hope GOP or Courts Fix New Wetlands Rule

Republicans in Congress are working to pass legislation which would set aside a new EPA and Army Corps of Engineers joint rule to make it more expensive to build pipelines in areas containing streams and other small bodies of water. The new EPA rule would require pipelines – and anyone else wanting ..

Editor's Log

Editor's Log: Affording Water

By Robert Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief Water is not free. Those in the underground infrastructure market understand that. Maintaining the underground piping system alone costs billions annually. Public water treatment plants are expensive and must operate and be maintained around the clock. Increa..