December 2018 No. 73 Vol. 12


New Products

Toro Unveils Revolutionary Compact Utility Loader

Representing a continuation of 20 years of innovation in the compact utility loader (CUL) equipment category, Toro introduced the all-new Toro Dingo. This equipment solution consolidates the benefits of several machines into one to perform a variety of tasks on the job site. Featuring telescoping l..

McElroy Introduces Acrobat with QuikFit Carriage

New sizes to McElroy’s Acrobat machine line feature the revolutionary QuikFit carriage, which allows operators to meet the challenges of fusing large-diameter polypropylene pipe in close-quarter working environments. “Acrobat with QuikFit carriages provides a solution through a modular single-size ..

GSSI Tablet-Based GPR Withstands Rigorous Conditions, Changing Tech

To bring its latest, industry-leading Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) systems to market, Geophysical Survey Systems Inc. (GSSI) needed a new hardware partner to accompany its best-in-class software. Previously relying on a custom controller that couldn’t keep up with the design cycle and too-frequent..

Case Introduces TV450 Compact Track Loader; Unveils N-Series Loaders

CASE Construction Equipment introduced the all-new TV450 compact track loader (CTL), a 10,610-pound, vertical-lift machine with rated operating capacity of 4,500 pounds at 50 percent tipping load. The newest and largest CASE CTL ever built features an industry-leading 9,188 pounds of breakout force,..


HammerHead Trenchless University Graduates First Contractors’ Class

The first class of contractors graduated from HammerHead University, an advanced trenchless technique learning center at the Lake Mills, Wisc, headquarters of HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works company. The new two-story, 5,000-square-foot educational facilities provide trenchless-metho..

Sharewell HDD Open House Showcases New Facilities

Sharewell HDD hosted an open house in November at its new, spacious facility located in north Houston at 21315 W Hardy Rd. The company displayed a wide array of its equipment for the horizontal directional drilling industry. About 130 customers and other guests attended the event which included pro..

Like New: Volvo Certified Used Program

Volvo Construction Equipment is partnering with its dealers to offer a used equipment program that allows contractors to get the high-quality machines Volvo is known for, with the assurance that the equipment is in great condition. “As customers look to lower their total cost of ownership, the dema..


When ‘I’ Does Not Equal ‘I’

Public Law 92-500, more commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA), was passed in October 1972, less than two years after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established. The Clean Water Act is the primary federal law addressing water pollution in the United States, and it became the prin..

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New Products Provide Inadvertent Returns Solutions

Right Turn Supply has introduced two new products to prevent and remediate inadvertent drilling fluid returns during horizontal directional drilling (HDD) operations. Drill Seal HDD is an additive composed of a blend of natural plant fibers designed to conform to the shape of pores and fractures of..

Derrick’s Pyramid Plus Screens Increase Solids Removal for HDD

Derrick Equipment Co. has introduced a new screen for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) fluid recycling systems that produces increased solids removal efficiency and finer particle separation. The Pyramid Plus screen uses Derrick’s patented three-dimensional “pyramid” design that increases the ..

Hard Rock Completes Steel Gas Pipe Crossing Under Rio Grande

Every long horizontal directional drilling (HDD) installation has something that sets it apart from other projects, but not many involve crossing international boundaries.

Million Feet of Underground Conduit Links Illinois Tollway Electronics, Lighting Systems

The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority embarked upon a $12 billion capital program in 2012 to provide northeastern Illinois with a state-of-the-art transportation system designed to relieve congestion, improve mobility and reduce pollution across the Midwest. To link the new electronics and power..

Revamped CGA DIRT Report Estimates Increased Damage to Buried Utilities

Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the stakeholder-driven organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them and their communities, recently announced its findings and analysis of utility damage and near-miss events in the 2017 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT..

Washington Watch

NTSB Preliminary Report Points Finger at Cast Iron Pipe in Massachusetts Explosion

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report published on Oct. 11, regarding the Massachusetts gas pipeline explosion in September, where one person was killed, is likely to spur renewed attention to the safety of cast iron distribution lines. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, a su..


Plastics Industry ‘Fly-In’ Elevates Issues, Concerns

The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) joined four other plastics organizations in the industry’s annual Fly-In event, in Washington, D.C., Sept. 11-12, to meet with members of Congress. About 135 plastics professionals called on 120 legislators and staff to discuss the key issues the industry faces. “O..

Sanexen Water Successfully Completes Lincoln Tunnel Repairs

Sanexen Water Inc. successfully completed major repairs in the Lincoln Tunnel in New York City with minimal impact. When the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey began planning repairs and upgrades to Route 495 and the Lincoln Tunnel, one of the requirements was to repair two cast iron cement-..

Aqua America to Acquire Peoples

Aqua America Inc., a regulated water and wastewater utility, will acquire Peoples in an all-cash transaction reflecting an enterprise value of $4.275 billion that includes the assumption of approximately $1.3 billion of debt. The transaction brings together two companies with more than 130 years of..

Editor's Log

Return to Google Land? Public Demands Broadband Alternatives

Remember back in 2010 when Google announced its entry into the broadband network market? To much fanfare, Google Fiber was born with Kansas City serving as its first major construction project. Google’s promise to deliver true high-speed internet services (as much as a gigabyte) captured the interes..