September 2015 Vol. 70 No. 9


News shorts September 2015

AEM releases new Underground Utility Awareness video

“Everyone has a part to play” to help ensure underground utility safety and damage prevention. That’s the message of a new video and related online and print resource from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

“Contractors, manufacturers and dealers all play a critical role in keeping our communities safe when it comes to underground utility awareness,” said William Bernhard, AEM technical and safety services manager. “AEM is committed to making sure all industry stakeholders are aligned and work together; communication and cooperation are essential.”

The new AEM video and resource materials, which spotlight the roles of key industry stakeholders in contributing to the success and safety of utility excavation and installation projects, are featured in the association’s Underground Utility Awareness campaign launched earlier this year.

In June, the AEM campaign distributed the “top 10” common underground utility jobsite myths

Visit to access the Underground Utility Awareness video and Top 10 Myths and Play Your Part materials.

DBIA recognizes Ohio district for separation sewer project efforts

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) has recognized the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s (MSDGC) Oakley Separation Sewer Project in the Water/Wastewater category for exemplary collaboration and integration in the design-build project delivery method. DBIA also nominated the District for a National Award of Excellence.

The $12.2-million project, which included a half-mile of 60- and 72-inch storm pipes and near-surface sewer pipes, not only came in ahead of schedule and under budget, but well ahead of MSDGC’s Consent Decree compliance deadline as well. Construction wrapped up just 15 months after the notice to proceed – the District saved more than $3.3 million, or about 25 percent.

The Oakley project design team relied on expertise from MSDGC, Brown and Caldwell, Ulliman Schutte Construction LLC, IBI Group and Midwest Mole.

Opening the door to a design-build approach expedited the project’s completion, quickly eliminated two combined sewer overflows and reduced the cost of the District’s capital projects.

The Oakley station is being viewed as a prototype, where lessons learned will help to guide future projects.

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