June 2017 Vol. 72 No. 6



2017 Equipment Selection Guide

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2017 Pipe Selection Chart

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HDD Roundtable Addresses Workforce, Locates, Bidding

A panel of directional drilling contractors held a wide-ranging discussion of opportunities and issues facing the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry during the annual HDD Roundtable at the 2017 UCT Show in Fort Worth TX. Panelists were Andy Blokker, vice president of operations and chie..

HDD Sustains Robust Growth; Common Issues Remain

19th Annual Horizontal Directional Drilling Survey Who would have thought, just a few years ago, that horizontal directional drilling (HDD) would be taken for granted? Yet for much of the underground utility infrastructure pipe/conduit installations, it is rare that HDD is not at least seriously co..

TTC Celebrates 10-Year Partnership With China For Trenchless R&D

For 27 years, the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC), an industry/university/government research center at Louisiana Tech University, has served as a global leader for the development of technologies influencing almost every aspect of trenchless construction methods.  In April, the TTC’s Dr. Thomas ..

Test Standards For Flowable Fill

Although agencies and owners are increasingly using flowable fill, they are often not aware of the existence of applicable construction control test standards. Flowable fill is a mixture of soil, cementitious matter and water that hardens into a material stiffer than compacted soil. Typically placed..


How To Get The Most From Your PACP-Certified Software

By NASSCO Member Ronnie Flannery-Guy, Business Development, Aqua Data Software certified by NASSCO’s Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) is required to generate and import a standard database file that is fully compatible with PACP. Contractors and system owners across the country have..

New Products

American Augers Unveils HDD Exit Side Breakout Wrench

American Augers will soon introduce the RR205 Rod wRangler, an exit-side breakout wrench for use with all horizontal direction drill (HDD) models of 100,000 pounds of pullback force that use drill pipe in diameters from 5 1/2 to 7 5/8 inches. “Field tests are going well, and we expect to be shippin..

New Padding Bucket Designed Specifically For Pipelines

Finish manufacturer REMU has introduced a new pipeline padding bucket to the North American market. The PD3160 is specifically designed for pipeline padding to preparing padding material used to protect pipelines from damage by any sharp particles, said Eric Dupee, vice president of REMU USA. The ..

ALLU Introduces New Material Feeder

The ALLU Transformer D-Series is an excavator-, loader- and tractor-mounted attachment that screens, crushes, aerates, blends, mixes, separates, feeds and loads materials. This results in the feed material being effectively transformed into highly valuable products, making your business more efficie..

Washington Watch

Republicans Ready Regulatory Relief for Pipelines

It looks like, based on two recent hearings, that GOP members of the House are focused on providing the pipeline industry with regulatory relief as part of any infrastructure bill which comes before Congress. One House committee held hearings in May on a discussion draft of legislation containing ch..


Rental Industry 5-Year Forecast Sees $59.4 Billion In Revenue

The new five-year forecast for equipment rental industry revenues released by the American Rental Association (ARA) continues to call for steady gains, and expectations for growth are greater than in the February forecast. ARA now projects U.S. equipment rental revenue to reach $49.4 billion in 201..

Water Sector M&A Tops $57 Billion

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the global water sector exceeded $20 billion in 2016, pushing the three-year total valuation of announced deals to more than $57 billion, according to Bluefield Research’s new report, Water Mergers & Acquisitions: Key Trends in a Changing Global Landscape. The in-d..

OCT Equipment Donation Has Lasting Impact

CASE Construction Equipment dealer OCT Equipment donated a compact track loader and excavator to Team Rubicon for demolition of a Korean War veteran’s house that was deemed uninhabitable. The initiative is led by Honoring America’s Warriors and will lead to the construction of a brand new home for H..

Pipelines Continue To Be One Of The Safest Ways To Transport Energy

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and Association of Oil Pipe Lines’ (AOPL) “Pipeline Safety Excellence Performance Report and Strategic Plan 2017-2019” summarizes the industry’s track record and outlines ways to advance safety efforts throughout the pipeline supply chain. According to the rep..

MWRD Awarded For Excellent Financial Reporting

For yet another year, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) has proven its commitment to accurate and transparent accounting practices. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) recognized the MWRD commissioners and staff with..

Editor's Log

Improvements In HDD Technology Over Last 50 Years

by Robert Carpenter Editor-in-Chief It is said that the last 50 years have seen more accumulation of knowledge and technological developments than in all the previous history of mankind. Today, technology, on an annual basis, is advancing geometrically. It has changed our lives in ways we cannot ev..