December 2017 Vol. 72 No. 12


New Products

JetStream Cable Blowing Machine Offers Installation, Versatility

General Machine Products (KT) LLC, a subsidiary of Klein Tools, added the JetStream Cable Blowing Machine to its line of fiber optic cable blowing equipment. From microfiber to traditional backbone cable installation, the JetStream is adjustable to place 0.23- to 0.79-inch diameter cable into 0.75- ..

CUES Releases PICS Cross Bore Inspection Camera

The new CUES Pullback Inspection Camera System (PICS) 2-inch to 4-inch bore hole inspection camera helps eliminate cross bores in directional drilling operations. Its robust inspection capabilities provide a powerful way to inspect, assess, mitigate, record and manage HDD operations. PICS is compat..

Vermeer Adds New S925TX Mini Skid Steer

Vermeer has expanded its compact equipment lineup with the new S925TX mini skid steer, designed to provide impressive lifting performance and the power to conquer the most demanding applications. With a tip capacity of 2,643 pounds, rated operating capacity of 925 pounds and maximum hinge pin heigh..

CASE Adds 650M Dozer To M Series Lineup

CASE Construction Equipment’s 650M, the latest dozer in the M-Series lineup, replaces and updates the popular 74-horsepower 650 dozer, with all of the CASE M-Series hallmarks, plus an enhanced undercarriage with improved track frame, idler, sprockets, rollers and extended-life SALT HD tracks, as wel..


December 2017 Business News

Kubota Kubota Tractor Corporation announced it will purchase 203 acres near Edgerton, KS, where it currently leases a facility, for its North American Distribution Center (NADC). The company plans to design and build two facilities, 1 million square feet each, to expand distribution capacity and st..

Equipment Demonstrated At Ditch Witch’s Barcelona Customer Event

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, held its 15th annual international customer event at the Ditch Witch Barcelona Support Center. More than 350 attendees experienced next-generation equipment and technology that improve comfort, ROI and job-site productivity, including the newest AT40 dir..

December 2017 People in Business News

Core & Main Core & Main, one of the nation’s largest distributors of water, sewer, storm and fire protection products, appointed two new senior leadership team members. Tim Maynard is the new vice president of Corporate Development, responsible for pursuing and executing growth opportunities for C..


Rehabilitation Products Focus: Bypass Pumping

Gorman-Rupp Gorman-Rupp engine-driven trash pumps are the perfect solution for sewage bypass operations, construction site dewatering, hydraulic fracturing and all your other tough pumping applications. These priming assisted pumps feature a positive priming and sealing system that virtually elimi..

Rehabilitation Technology News December 2017

Raven Lining Systems Raven Lining Systems introduced the newest additions to the AquataPoxy brand, the AquataPoxy 90 (epoxy lining) and AquataPoxy 190 (red oxide epoxy primer/finish coating). These products will supplement Raven’s existing portfolios (AquataPoxy and AquataFlex) for the potable wate..

CIGMAT Strives To Transfer Research To Actual Applications

Research studies performed at the University of Houston’s Center for Innovative Growing Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) are focused on maintaining energy, water and wastewater infrastructure and pipelines; developing new, smart materials for construction, maintenance and repairs; and detecting and..


HDD Drill Pipe Selection Guide 2017

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Importance Of Stormwater Drainage

During the past several years there has been a lot of construction at U.S. airports. As usual, everyone is thrilled when they see above-ground improvements. But what they don’t realize is how important the underground infrastructure is to the airport. This article will explore how some airports are ..

Tips For Better Accuracy In Utility Plowing

From upgrading existing services to installation of high-quality broadband, a vibratory plow is an in-demand piece of equipment. Utility installation projects, both rural and urban, can go quickly and smoothly with the help of this machine – when it’s operated correctly. Failing to plan, forgoing m..

Excavators Dig Up, Break Through Terrain To Lay Fiber Optics Over 210-Mile Project

Robinson Brothers Construction (RBC) – an independent utility contractor based in Washington – secured a contract with a major telecommunications company to increase connectivity from Umatilla to Portland, OR. The company specializes in underground construction applications to support the expanding ..

Unique Undergrounding Program Reduces Outages, Maximizes Response Time

In late August, Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and other areas in Southeast Texas, leaving more than 750,000 customers without electric power. Immediately after Harvey, Hurricane Irma struck Florida, leaving much of the state and more than 6 million customers in the dark. Discussions about con..

Washington Watch

Natural Gas Players Oppose Perry Coal/Nuclear Subsidy Proposal

The natural gas industry is attempting to turn back an attempt by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to, in effect, subsidize coal and nuclear suppliers to electric utilities at the expense of natural gas suppliers. Perry instructed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in September to propose a..


CEPA Foundation Honors Michels Canada’s Safety Successes

Michels Canada received the inaugural Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) Foundation Safety Award for its advancements in safety on transmission pipeline construction projects. The award is presented to a CEPA Foundation member company that demonstrates commitment, achievement and leadership..

December 2017 News

TWDB Approves $47 Million For Houston Stormwater Project The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved $47.195 million in financial assistance from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the city of Houston for design and construction costs associated with a stormwater management project. The..

Nessen Joins Gulf Publishing As Group Publisher For Infrastructure, Pipelines

Brian Nessen, an experienced business-to-business media and trade show executive, has joined Gulf Publishing Company as group publisher. Nessen will manage a group that includes Underground Construction, Pipeline & Gas Journal, Pipeline News, Underground Construction Technology International Confer..

Ditch Witch Hosts High School Students For National Manufacturing Day

In recognition of National Manufacturing Day, Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works company, hosted 220 high school freshmen on Thursday, Oct. 26, to help inspire the next generation of manufacturers and celebrate modern manufacturing. Participating high schools included Perry, Covington-Douglas, Mor..

Editor's Log

Past, Present And Future: New Start For Oildom Publishing

by Robert Carpenter, Editor-In-Chief It’s been a momentous year for the company formally known as Oildom Publishing. But as it fades into the annuls of its historic past, the company’s progeny are moving forward with what promises to be an exciting and equally successful future. Third-generation o..