July 2018 No. 73 Vol. 7


New Products

Caterpillar’s new 814K wheel dozer

Caterpillar’s new 814K wheel dozer features a redesigned cab, efficient power unit and transmission drive, and centralized service station configuration to drive machine uptime and operator productivity to new levels. Its rugged structure is designed to achieve multiple life cycles under the toughes..

Hitachi introduces its next-generation wheeled excavator

Hitachi introduced its next-generation wheeled excavator, the ZX190W-6, with multiple upgrades that enhance efficiency, reliability and durability. Mobile and maneuverable, ZX190W-6 weighs in at 45,300 pounds and sits on a short wheelbase that makes it easy to work in tight spaces. It’s powered by ..

New ALLU Mobile Application

The new ALLU Mobile Application is designed to maximize customers’ experience with their investment. Fully integrated with ALLU’s online portal, the mobile app provides an intelligent digital solution for getting accurate and timely information regarding safe operation at job sites and use of ALLU e..

Doosan Portable Power has expanded its product line of portable light towers

Doosan Portable Power has expanded its product line of portable light towers with the addition of the LCV6 and LCV8 models. Both models feature a small-body design and vertical mast that allow for greater maneuverability, ease of transport and low operating cost. A new clamshell-style canopy is mad..

Polygon Offers All-in-One Tool

McElroy, Tulsa, Okla., manufacturer and innovator of thermoplastic pipe fusion equipment, introduced the new Polygon, a versatile tool uniquely built for the needs of the mechanical, plumbing and HVAC piping industry. As the industry’s first manual machine for miter, butt and socket fusion to offer..


Underground Construction July 2018: People in Business

Brown and Caldwell Wendy Broley, P.E., was promoted to vice president and leader of the One Water team at the San Diego, Calif., office of Brown and Caldwell. In this role, she leverages the company’s growing reuse, advanced-treatment and One Water teams and her 18 years of experience in water/wast..

Doosan Infracore North America LLC, announced the Hometown MVP Contest

In conjunction with its April 2018 multi-year partnership with Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees,. Doosan Infracore North America LLC, announced the Hometown MVP Contest that offers an opportunity to win Major League Baseball World Series Game 4 tickets and other prizes. To enter, cons..

LAN Selected as Engineer for City of Haslet LeTara Development Sewer Interceptor

Haslet, Texas, selected Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc. (LAN) to design a new sewer interceptor. The approximately 1-mile sewer line will serve LeTara, a growing 400-acre master planned community, including three new schools, under development. In addition, it will serve the remainder of 2,800-acres..

John Deere and Hitachi Construction Machinery are celebrating 30 years

John Deere and Hitachi Construction Machinery are celebrating 30 years of  their 50/50 joint venture, the Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corporation. Utilizing united manufacturing facilities and integrated marketing and parts distribution, Deere-Hitachi produces high-value products backed by..

LaValley Industries Partners With American Augers

LaValley Industries has entered into a strategic alliance with American Augers, which will distribute two of LaValley excavator attachments specifically configured for loading and unloading drill pipe in horizontal directional drilling (HDD) applications. “American Augers has a rich history of prov..

MTI Equipment Moves to Larger, State-of-the-Art Facility

MTI Equipment, a Charles Machine Works Company, completed construction of a new facility in North Port, Fla. The move is being made from its longtime location in Englewood, in order to offer customers a larger inventory, improved service capabilities and a more-convenient location. “This is the wor..

Vacuum Excavation Benefits ECHO Subsurface Utility Engineering

ECHO Utility Engineering and Surveying (Tampa, Fla.) purchased a Vac-Tron low-profile AIR 373 standard diesel trailer (SDT) with customized accessories, in 2017, for use by its Subsurface Utility Engineering group. This business is responsible for managing certain risks associated with utility mappi..


Rehabilitation Technology Selection Guide 2018

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Logiball Celebrates 35-Year Milestone

Logiball Inc. is celebrating 35 years in business. Founded in 1983 by Roger Bissonnette, contractor and manufacturer, the company’s first products were inflatable pipe plugs for the maintenance and rehabilitation of collection systems. Over the years, Logiball has grown and evolved with the industry..

Nuclear CIPP

Patience, Safety, Security Paramount For Critical Plant Rehab Jobs Most people are perfectly happy to stay away from any activity that could expose them to anything radioactive. We’ve driven past nuclear power plants, but few have ever entered their grounds or had the desire to do so. However, Eli..

CIPL Project Sets World Record

PSE&G’s 36-Inch Gas Main Renewal Reflects Growing Capabilities, Confidence By Jeff Awalt, Executive Editor The roughly half-mile stretch of South Orange Avenue framing the Seton Hall University campus is one of the busiest spots along New Jersey’s County Route 510, and some of its heaviest congest..


Major Bursting Upsize a Success in Canada

Jim Schill  |  Technical Writer When it comes to trenchless pipe bursting, few contractors can claim the experience and success that PW Trenchless Construction can. The Surrey, British Colombia, Canada-based contractor has almost 20 years of pipe bursting experience and has performed some of the mo..

TTC Works With Advancing Pipeline Condition Assessment Using DRONES

As part of a graduate-level class at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, La., on entrepreneurship in construction, the use of drone technology for industrial inspection was explored. This all came about through civil engineering graduate student Brice Gillikin, who works with his Bastrop, La, family..

DCA/AGA Conduct 5th Annual Workshop Panels Highlight Wide Range of Topics

The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) and the American Gas Association (AGA) recently hosted the 5th Annual DCA/CGA Workshop in Chicago. This two-day event is aimed at increasing communication and cooperation between natural gas utilities and the contractors who build the pipeline infrastru..

Barbera Underground Infrastructure Research And Training (BUIRT) Facility at The TTC

TTC honors the past while driving the future through the establishment of the Barbera Underground Infrastructure Research and Training (BUIRT) Facility. This facility honors the past through the recognition of the contributions of the Barbera family (brothers Leo and Jim) to the trenchless industry...

Staff Changes, New Initiatives Highlight Busy Year for TTC

The Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University has had a very active year, as it continued to meet its mission to advance trenchless technology by serving as an independent source of knowledge, research and education in the field. Several staff changes this year will allow TTC ..

Utility & Communications Construction Update

Daniel Shumate  |  Director, FMI Capital Advisors Inc. The Utility & Communications Construction Index (UCC Index), updated to exclude Willbros Group due to its acquisition, presents the performance of the sector’s publicly traded stocks over a three-year period (Figure 1) one-year period (Figure 2..

Washington Watch

Pipeline MLPs Fighting FERC Tax Moves

Pipeline master limited partnerships (MLPs) want the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reverse a March 2018 revised policy statement (RPS) that has dramatically hurt their financial conditions. The elimination of an MLP tax allowance would be exacerbated by a second March FERC proposal ..


States Request $82.2 Billion for Water Infrastructure

New data shows that requests to fund water and wastewater infrastructure projects through the EPA-administered State Revolving Fund (SRF) have increased 25 percent since last year. For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, $26.9 billion has been requested for drinking water and $55.3 billion for clean water (w..

TWDB Approves $23.3+ Million for Water projects

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved financial assistance totaling $23,324,060 for water system projects. Of this funding, $1,324,060 was for rural water projects. $1.227 million ($695,000 loan and $532,000 in loan forgiveness) from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) to th..

New ASTM International Standard Aids Pipeline Repair

ASTM International’s committee on plastic piping systems is developing a proposed standard that will provide procedures for rehabilitating or reconstructing pressure pipelines and conduits used for water, sewer, gas, and petroleum. The proposed WK60068 standard describes the robotic application of ..

Editor's Log

Our Parents’ Dream and the Benefits of Hard Work

by Robert Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief I’m a Carpenter (pun intended), but my construction skills are somewhat limited. I’ve always admired those who could envision a project, pick up a hammer and a saw, and then build something of quality and endurance. My brother-in-law is like that. My dad always ..