November 2015 Vol. 70 No. 11


New Products

New Ditch Witch HD Backreamers

All Ditch Witch HD backreamers are now equipped with standard API threads to fit any industry drill under 100,000 pounds. The new models in the Ditch Witch lineup include the Beavertail HD, Warthog HD, Kodiak HD and Compact Fluted HD backreamers. Compact Fluted HD Backreamers: Similar to the Kodia..

ASHER TSE Cable Scrapper

ASHER TSE Cable Scrapper, ASHER’s newest innovation, features new technology to cut down on job time completion and to enhance longevity. The product will pull, cut and load cable in one continuous operation, saving not only time, but the need for extra equipment. The new Cable Scrapper is equippe..

Melfred Borzall FastBack

Melfred Borzall’s one-of-a-kind patent-pending FastBackTM system is changing the way contractors handle HDD boring. FastBackTM is Borzall’s new system for direct pullbacks without removing the drill head or installing a backreamer. This unique system includes the FastReamTM housing – used in place ..


NASSCO Standard Bearers: Michael Burkhard

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 trenchle..

CIPP In Jail

CIPP Keeps Maricopa County Within Budget, Without Disruption Estrella Women’s Jail in Maricopa County, AZ, can anticipate at least 50 years of improved flow with no more backups from its rehabilitated sewer system. The emergency cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) upgrade was performed by Irontree Construct..

Developing A Bursting Plan

Advice From Another Successful Pipe Bursting Program Leads To Water Main Replacement Project The city of Monroe, NC, is located approximately 25 miles southeast of the state’s largest city, Charlotte. Currently, the city of 34,000 people has approximately 1.6 million feet of water mains ranging in..


Rental Market Update

Miami-Dade Police Recover Sunbelt Rentals Generator Sunbelt Rentals in Miami was able to regain possession of their 2013 Doosan generator, which was recovered while in the process of shipment to Haiti. The generator was uncovered by LoJack, a theft recovery and prevention company. A representative..

Envirosight: Jamie Winters

Jamie Winters joins Envirosight as a new addition to their sales team. Winters was appointed the new northeast regional sales manager. In this position, Winters will work with Envirosight’s regional sales partners to increase sales and market share. Winters’ new role will require him to recognize n..

Hyundai Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October,  began to sell custom pink shirts and wristbands through Hyundai construction and forklift dealers across the U.S. and Canada. All proceeds from Hyundai’s efforts benefitted It’s The Journey Inc., a nonp..

Henkels & McCoy Names New Pipeline Division Vice President

Jason Steph joins Henkels & McCoy, Inc. as the new Vice President, Pipeline Division where he will manage the Pipeline Services and Industrial /Facilities groups. Based out of the company’s Houston office, Steph will manage pipeline construction backlog and oversee the expansion of the pipeline div..


Understanding Native Flowable Fill

Some contractors are making native flowable fill using the existing soils excavated from the trench for pipeline embedment and backfill. Native flowable fill can be both economical and environmentally friendly. The savings result from less excavation, material handling and labor costs. Reuse of soi..

The Efficiency Of Thrust Restrained Joints

Many utilities and engineers prefer to use ductile iron pipe for their water and wastewater applications for a variety of reasons, primary among them being its strength and durability. Other attributes include its environmental advantages and versatility. Experienced professionals prefer working wit..

Cable Undergrounding Program

Dominion Virginia Power is engaged in an ambitious cable undergrounding program that each year will replace as much as 350 miles of aerial power cable with new underground distribution lines. Ultimately the plan calls for nearly 4,000 miles of electric distributed cable to go underground. To limit..

Contractor Workforce Standardized Training

Training Contractor Workforce Top Priority At the first-of-its-kind Distribution Contractors Association/American Gas Association (DCA/AGA) Utility Contractor Workshop in Chicago, presenters and attendees were single-minded in their focus on one goal: to ensure the growing contractor workforce has ..

The Continuing Evolution Of Tier 4

New Emission Standards For 75-Hp Engines And Above Mean More Educational Awareness The evolution of emission standards in the compact equipment industry has been happening for quite some time. In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated that all 75-horsepower and above nonr..

2015 International Pipeline Survey

Underground Construction, Pipeline & Gas Journal and Pipeline News’ 2015 international pipeline survey indicates 70,308 miles of pipeline are in various stages of construction or planned. Of these, 32,013 miles account for projects in the planning and engineering phase, while 38,295 miles are in var..

2015 Large HDD Rig Census

When horizontal directional drilling (HDD) professionals discuss the size of an HDD rig, they typically refer to the maximum pullback force the unit can develop. The most common industry standard for a large directional drilling unit is defined as having a minimum of 100,000 pounds of pullback force..

Equipment Spotlight

Wheel Loaders: Caterpillar

Caterpillar’s 966M, 966M XE, 972M and 972M XE Wheel Loaders have EPA Tier 4 Final ACERT engines equipped with a combination of proven electronic, fuel, air and after-treatment components. XE technology results in 25 percent lower fuel consumption on average compared to machines with traditional torq..

Wheel Loaders: Hyundai

The HL780-9A wheel loader is part of Hyundai’s new 9A series product line. The loader is built with an electronically controlled, fuel efficient, 351 hp Cummins QSX11.9 Interim Tier 4/EU Stage IIIB engine. The loader has three engine modes – power mode for heavy duty work, standard mode for general ..

Wheel loaders: Doosan

The Doosan DL250-5 wheel loaders feature improvements from the “dash-3” iteration, in terms of fuel efficiency, operator comfort, serviceability, reliability and remoting monitoring (also known as telematics). Enhancements to the 171-net-horsepower DL250-5 wheel loader include an adjustable steering..

Wheel loaders: Volvo

The Volvo L150H, L180H and L220H wheel loaders, occupying the 25 to 39 ton weight class, excel in a wide range of jobs. The productivity of the buckets is enhanced by the optional Boom Suspension System, which absorbs shock and reduces spillage when travelling over rough ground, as well as increasin..

Wheel loaders: New Holland

New Holland compact wheel loaders provide a combination of increased versatility, increased comfort and control so you get the job done more quickly and efficiently. SMART precise load control and speed control improves operating efficiency. With big engine and hydraulic power and a choice of bucket..

CASE 821F wheel loader

The CASE 821F wheel loader offers faster acceleration, quicker cycle times, and higher travel speeds while delivering as much as 20 percent better fuel economy. The F Series wheel loaders use SCR technology to meet Tier 4 emissions standards while also providing more powerful and responsive engines...

Excavators: Caterpillar

The Caterpillar 336F excavator is built to meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emissions standards, and it comes equipped with several features to enhance fuel efficiency. Electric boom and stick regeneration valves capture and recycle energy, and an engine idle shutdown setting turns the engine off after a ..

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas

Hyundai Construction Equipment has added three new mid-size excavator models, the Hyundai R140LC-9A, R160LC-9A and the R180LC-9A, to their 9A series product line. These machines will provide operators with enhanced features and benefits compared to prior models including a certified Tier 4 Interim e..

Excavators: Case

The CX700B Case excavator achieves high performance on the job with the CASE Tier-III certified Isuzu engine. Digging force is increased by 10 percent with the Auto Power Boost feature while overall operation is simplified with three work modes on the right hand console: Automatic, Heavy and Speed P..

Kobelco’s SK350LC excavator

The Kobelco SK350LC excavator is a robust 82,200-pound machine powered by a 270 hp., Tier IV Final HINO engine. With a digging force of 50,600 pounds, a digging depth of 24 feet 10 inches, a suggested 0.875-2.75 cubic yard bucket range and a swing speed of 10 rpm., this crawler excavator ensures qui..

Volvo EC480E excavator

Powered by a proven Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-compliant Volvo D13 engine, the Volvo EC480E excavator delivers high digging and breakout forces alongside reduced emissions and improved fuel efficiency. The integrated work mode system offers the operator a choice of work modes according to the task at han..

Manhole Rehab with Avanti's Chemical Grout

Manhole rehab with Avanti’s chemical grout is necessary for the safety and longevity of our underground infrastructure. Groundwater enters into sewer systems everyday through manholes causing treatment plant overloads. There are five techniques to stop infiltration: Curtain Grouting, Vertical and Ho..

John Deere 300G LC excavator

John Deere designed the 300G LC excavator with a larger hood for improved engine access. The new handrails help maintain contact when climbing the upper structure to service the engine, improving service accessibility and security. Other improvements include a single side ground level fluid filter s..

Doosan DX235LCR-5 crawler excavator

The Doosan DX235LCR-5 crawler excavator has a near-zero reduced tail swing. It is an ideal excavator for working close to buildings and in confined areas without sacrificing performance. The 180-net-horspower DX235LCR-5 crawler excavator is a preferred machine for operating in congested jobsites suc..

Excavators: Hitachi

At Hitachi, efficiency, reliability, and durability are in our genes – built into our large mining excavators and passed down to our line of construction excavators. The ZX470LC-6 is a prime example. The machine’s greater horsepower, combined with optimized hydraulics for bigger arm- and bucket-digg..

Wheel Loaders: John Deer

The John Deere 544K Wheel Loader is equipped with a 163-hp, PowerTech™ EPA Final Tier 4 (FT4)/EU Stage IV diesel engine that delivers impressive torque reserves. The popular model rides on a wide stance that provides additional stability for handling heavy loads and working on rough terrain. The 544..

Washington Watch

Senate Hears About Inadequacy Of Gas Transmission Proposal

Don Santa showed increasing frustration with the Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) continued failure to move forward with important pipeline safety regulations. At Senate hearings on Sept. 29, the INGAA chief said that gas transmission pipelines are hesitant to make e..


B&T Drainage Wins Vermeer Ultimate Crew Contest

B&T Drainage of Marshall, IL, proved themselves as the ultimate drilling crew at the 2015 International Construction and Utility and Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville, KY, beating out three other crew competitors and winning the use of a Vermeer D24x40 S3 Navigator HDD for the span of one y..

Green technology emerges for stormwater management

A new green technology has shown great potential for stormwater management – research efforts have shown potential for the use of floating treatment wetlands (FTWs) to remove nutrients and contaminants from stormwater retention ponds. FTWs float on the surface of wet ponds and provide a growing med..

USA FIBER Announces dark fiber network in Virginia

President and co-founder of USA Fiber, Judd Carothers, announced that the company would be focusing on building key routes that enable its customers to connect simply and reach their clients, infrastructures or applications with improved speed, latency and uptime – they will hone their focus by buil..

Doosan donates 6,500 pounds of food

Doosan’s company-wide volunteer effort, Doosan Day of Community Service, inspired a two-week period in which Doosan Portable Power employees donated 6,500 pounds of nonperishable food items for the Iredell Christian Ministries Food Pantry in Statesville, NC  – which serves over 800 families each mon..

American Farm Bureau Federation backs more pipeline infrastructure

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has recently urged the construction of more crude oil pipelines in order to improve train service for farmers. Farmers contend crude oil shipments displace resources formerly reserved for grains – additional pipelines will keep railways available for corn a..

INGAA launches America’s Energy Link campaign

In response to the heavy natural gas pipeline development across the U.S., the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the INGAA Foundation, its research sector, have launched a campaign focused on educating American consumers on the benefits of natural gas and natural gas pipeline..

Editor's Log

Pipelines: Predicting The Unpredictable

by Robert Carpenter, Editor In Chief First, the bad news. It’s been about 17 months since oil and gas prices started their freefall. Prices for oil seem to have stabilized – for now – while natural gas remains in flux. But reports of dramatic oversupply, historic storage levels, poor international..