September 2016, Vol. 71 No. 9



NASSCO Standard Bearers: Rudy Fernandez

EDITOR’S NOTE: NASSCO just completed its 40th anniversary and continues to set standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As the association continues its phenomenal growth, this series profiles those who have made significant contributions and impacted the cont..

Hydromax USA and Detection Services Propose Exclusive Licensing Agreement

Hydromax USA announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Detection Services, Australia, to enter into an exclusive licensing agreement to deliver pipeline inspection services to the water and sewer sectors in the United States, Canada and other selected markets. Under the proposed ag..

15th Anniversary of 9/11: Sealing The Bathtub - No Small Project

In early 2002, Moretrench American Corporation was asked to essentially save the “Bathtub” section of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York City. Moretrench chose to use Avanti grout for the work. The bathtub is a nine-block area of the site that was excavated down to bedrock and hard soils ..


Melfred Borzall Expands Network Of Distributors

Melfred Borzall added five new distributors, making it easier for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) customers to get the tools they need, when they need them. Central and Southern Florida: Galloway Group has industry experts ready to solve HDD challenges. Utah: B & B Supply is equipped for a v..

Stake Center Locating Wins 'Best Of' Award For Pipeline Locating Service Contractors

Stake Center Locating, a subsidiary of S&N Communications, has been selected for the 2016 Best of Salt Lake City Award in the Pipeline Locating Service Contractors category. Each year, the Salt Lake City Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their lo..

Life Cycle Cost Assessment Tool Developed For Utility Decision Makers

University of Michigan researchers have developed a life cycle cost assessment (LCCA) tool for use by utility decision makers to evaluate both economic and environmental impacts on water pipelines throughout their service lives. The tool allows for different pipe sizes, flows and locations, providin..

New Products

Power Pipe HD Guarantee Brings Confidence, Reliability
HDD / Pipe

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, reinforces its “We’re In This Together” philosophy with its industry-first replacement program Power Pipe HD. Featuring improved bend radius with the strongest, most wear-resistant tool joints in the industry, Power Pipe HD is a superior pipe designed s..

American Ductile Iron Pipe Provides 30,000 Feet of Pipe To Georgia Water Authority

American Ductile Iron Pipe is providing 30,000 feet of 48-inch-diameter V-Bio wrapped ductile iron pipe for a Cobb County-Marietta, GA, Water Authority project to replace a 48-year-old, 36-inch pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe. In addition, American Flow Control is supplying more than 20 resilien..

Herrenknecht HDD Rig Completes Speedy Pipeline Connection

With the help of a 250-ton horizontal directional drilling (HDD) rig from Germany-based Herrenknecht, a 700-meter-long pipeline was installed in Anglesea, Australia, using the sea outfall method under extreme time pressure and strict environmental protection requirements. In August 2015, a large cl..


Spartan Installs 54-Inch HDPE Pipe Via HDD In Miami Beach

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor A project that involved installing 4,300 feet of 54-inch diameter HDPE pipe in the busy South Beach area of Miami Beach, FL, recently was completed by Spartan Directional LLC. The segment will provide an alternate backup sewer release for South Beach. It is believed ..

Keeping HDD Equipment In Top Operating Condition

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor A key to being a successful horizontal directional drilling (HDD) contractor is finishing every project to specifications on or ahead of schedule. To achieve that, drilling equipment must perform efficiently throughout the project without breaking down. Downtime is c..

Engineering Trench Safety Critical Aspect Of Project Success, Costs

Any project that includes excavation is going to require shielding and shoring to prevent excavation walls from collapsing. For large projects, the design and installation of shielding and shoring is itself an extensive project within the project. Manufacturers and suppliers agree that shielding an..

Lengthy Microtunnel Project Beats Schedule By 8 Months

BRH-Garver Uses 2 MTBM To Install Nearly 15,000 Feet Of Force Main The city of Houston has an ongoing program to rehabilitate and maintain its wastewater collection system – no small task considering the system includes more than 6,700 miles of sewer pipelines ranging in diameter from 2 to 144 inch..


Crumbling Public Water Infrastructure Signals Larger Role For Private Participation

Private participation in U.S. municipal water markets is poised for expansion, according to a new report from Bluefield Research. Municipalities and local authorities are showing increasing reliance on investor-owned utilities and private players for the ownership, management and operation of public..

More Americans Worried About Aging Water Infrastructure

More Americans are concerned about aging water infrastructure in their communities than last year and they’re willing to spend more to make improvements, according to a new survey released today by MWH Global. Among the survey’s key findings: Nearly half of Americans (48 percent) say not having ..

UCTA Gulf Coast Debuts “Innovative Technology Transfer”

As a change-up to its usual lunch-and-speaker format, the Underground Technology Association (UCTA) Gulf Coast chapter hosted an Innovative Technology Transfer event on Aug. 3. Eleven vendors exhibited and presented the latest construction, restoration and rehabilitation products and services. Disp..

Equipment Spotlight

Hudco Pneumatic Piercing Tools

Hudco Pneumatic Piercing Tools have been providing horizontal bores under driveways, streets and landscaping for all of that time. They have exceptional power to penetrate tough soils and move quickly. Contractors who install cable, pipe, and wire underground use Hudco piercing tools because of thei..

The DigiTrak Aurora Display Is HDD Industry's First Color Touch Screen

The DigiTrak® Aurora® Display represents the HDD Industry’s first color touch screen. Aurora is DCI’s most rugged design to date and is compatible with all current DCI locating system and future systems. Aurora incorporates DCI’s state of the art telemetry technology for improved performance even in..

ISCO Industries: Total Piping Solutions

ISCO Industries is a global customized piping solutions provider based in Louisville, KY. ISCO stocks and sells a wide variety of piping materials and provides solutions for various environmental, geothermal, golf, industrial, landfill, mining, municipal, nuclear, waterworks and culvert-lining appli..

Washington Watch

Pipelines Support Intent, Not Execution Of New PHMSA Proposed Rule

Broad pipeline industry opposition to a number of aspects of the newly proposed transmission pipeline regulations is as much about methane emissions as it is about safety. The proposal from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), issued in April and ostensibly responsive ..

Editor's Log

Fighting Back The Zealots

by Robert Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief We lost the Keystone Pipeline to politics rather than rational justification. The environmental lobby had enough political clout with President Obama when he took office to manipulate his anti-carbon leanings into a full-fledged war on all things carbon. The Oba..