September 2017 Vol. 72 No. 9



Gain Efficiency, Extend Drill-Pipe Life

By Jeff Davis Efficiency is king. When on a job, operators are highly focused on efficiency and productivity above all else. After all, the return on investment of a horizontal directional drilling (HDD) project can hinge on the speed of deployment, especially when turnaround is tight. But sometime..

Tracking The Long History, Benefits Of ICUEE

Depending on seat location and approach path, attendees arriving by air for the 2017 ICUEE could have a good view of the Kentucky Exposition Center – 28 acres covered mostly with construction equipment, including aerial bucket trucks with booms extended, underground construction equipment of various..

ICUEE Returns, Bigger Than Ever

The 2017 ICUEE is expected to be the biggest in the event’s long history. Billed as the utility industry’s largest trade show for utilities and utility contractors, ICUEE (International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition) will be held Oct. 3 – 5 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louis..

Cross Bore Analysis Review of Best Practices And Changing Trenchless Market

Since the first cross bore discovery in Kenosha, WI, in 1976, investor-owned utilities and municipalities have completed substantial research and discovery into cross bore prevention, trenchless construction innovation and safety awareness. As trenchless technology has improved, the ability of the c..

New Products

Doosan G40 Mobile Generator Balances Performance, Cost Savings

Doosan Portable Power’s new  G40WDO mobile generator, rated with prime power output of 39 kVA, is positioned between the popular G25 and G50 generator models. Equipped with a Doosan D24 diesel engine rated at 49 horsepower, it is exempt from permitting fees or surcharges assessed on diesel-powered ..

CASE Partners With Leica Geosystems On Innovative Grade Control Solution

Available factory-installed or as a retrofit on select CASE M Series dozers, CASE Construction Equipment’s all-new SiteControl CoPilot system bridges the gap between automatic and indicate-only systems. The result of a global partnership with Leica Geosystems, the easy-to-use system allows operator..

StraightLine HDD Expands Hole Opener Lineup

StraightLine HDD expanded its lineup of hole openers with the introduction of the XL-I Series. Designed from the ground up for horizontal directional drilling, the series is positioned as a cost-effective alternative to “split-bit” hole openers. At the core of the XL-I are proprietary cones, availa..



Aires The new Mobile Pathfinder is an integrated inspection system with components operated by a controller that can be hand-held or desktop-mounted. The compact system combines a lightweight reel, with 1,000 feet of cable, and the Aries Pathfinder Series transporter. The Pan & Tilt camera, with a ..

Doheny Takes Confined Space Training On The Road

The Jack Doheny Companies, a major supplier of sewer cleaning and pipeline inspection and maintenance equipment, is bringing essential permit required, confined space training to job sites with a mobile “classroom.” OSHA requires that all employees who work in confined spaces must be properly train..

NASSCO Standard Bearers: Marilyn Shepard

EDITOR’S NOTE: NASSCO just completed its 41th year and continues to set standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As the association experiences remarkable growth, this series profiles those who have made significant contributions, and impacted the continued ac..

Washington Watch

House, EPA Move To Address Water Infrastructure

Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Congress took steps to address additional funding for water infrastructure projects. A House committee unanimously passed a bill on July 29 which would raise the authorization ceiling on the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), and make some..


Arcadis Acquires E2 ManageTech

Arcadis, the leading global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, has acquired enterprise technology solutions firm E2 ManageTech, which provides information technology and business services for the environmental, health and safety (EHS) information market. “Our clients around t..

ASCE Publishes Books For Underground Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has published three new technical books related to underground infrastructure construction and rehabilitation. They can be purchased online by visiting “Publications” at Standard Practice for Direct Design of Precast Concrete Pipe for Jacking..

GLTA Announces Annual Meeting Plans

The Great Lakes Trenchless Association (GLTA) is partnering with MISS DIG 811 for the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting, Conference & Expo on March 15 – 16. The event will be held at the Soaring Eagle Casino, Resort & Waterpark in Mt. Pleasant, MI. This convention will consist of four educational sess..

TWDB Approves $1+ Billion For Improvement Projects

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved more than $1 billion in financial assistance from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program to be distributed to 10 project sponsors across the state. The projects, all recommended in the 2017 State Water Plan, include water line..

AEM Launches ‘Behind Every Product’ Campaign

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) launched a major advertising campaign, “Behind Every Product,” to promote the economic contributions of the industry among Washington influencers. “Equipment manufacturers want to be sure that President Trump, members of Congress and other leaders in..

Equipment Rental Industry Forecast Remains Steady

The latest (July) quarterly update to the five-year forecast for equipment rental industry revenues released by the American Rental Association (ARA) continues to call for steady gains. With only minor variations from the previous quarter, the new U.S. forecast projects growth to be $49.3 billion i..

Stanford Researchers Create ‘Living Map’ Of Innovative Water Financing

A team of Stanford researchers has created the “Living Map” to showcase successful, innovative water financing projects across the country. Presented as case studies, the examples cover a wide variety of mechanisms and are designed to be implemented at various scales. “We need a new playbook that e..

Felling Trailers Goes To School On Welding

As an extension of its employee program and state-of-the-art Weld Training Center, in Sauk Centre, MN, Felling Trailers now offers a structured welding curriculum for local high school students. “Manufacturing skills are vital to our success, and it is our desire to ensure Sauk Centre public school..

Lane Construction Wins $580-Million Tunnel Project

Lane Construction Corporation and its parent, Salini Impregilo, received a $580-million contract for the Northeast Boundary Tunnel (NEBT) project in Washington, D.C. This large, deep sewer tunnel will increase the system’s capacity, significantly mitigating the frequency, magnitude and duration of s..

UCTA Gulf Coast Meeting Highlights

UCTA Gulf Coast’s Aug. 2 luncheon meeting featured Scott Taylor, director of engineering for Conroe, TX. Taylor has more than 30 years of professional experience in the water and wastewater field, leading both public infrastructure delivery and private sector planning and design. In his current rol..

Editor's Log

Major Infrastructure Events, UCT and ICUEE

In this issue, we preview two major underground infrastructure industry events, ICUEE and UCT. The International Construction & Utility Equipment Exhibition is a bi-annual event held in Louisville, KY. This year’s show is scheduled for Oct. 3-5. ICUEE historically focuses on the below/above ground ..