March 2018 Vol. 73 No. 3


New Products

HammerHead Introduces XRP High-Performance Pneumatic Hammers

HammerHead Trenchless released its new XPR series of pneumatic hammers for pipe ramming and pipe bursting applications. XPR features a newly designed high-flow valve system that enhances its impact. The first model to utilize this new technology, the 26XPR is the most powerful pneumatic hammer in it..

InfraMarker solution brings digital connectivity to underground infrastructure locating

Berntsen With the new, 4.0 Smartphone App, Berntsen International’s patented InfraMarker solution brings digital connectivity to underground infrastructure locating, damage prevention and asset management. InfraMarker’s RFID-enabled markers are buried with fiber-optic ca..

Vermeer Launches Compact, High-Productivity D8x12 Navigator HDD

Vermeer expands its line of utility installation equipment with the launch of the D8x12 Navigator horizontal directional drill (HDD), well-suited for small service installations, including gas distribution, power, water and telecommunication networks. “From fiber-to-the-home projects to residential..

Vac-Tron CS 1270 Trailer Vac

Vac-Tron Vac-Tron Equipment has released the new CS (Compact Series) 1270 trailer vac. It comes standard with a 1,200-gallon debris tank and 580 or 1,000 cfm. It is also available with a hydraulic operated opening and locking rear door, wet/dry filtration cyclone, 30-foot-by-3-inch suc..

Blue Diamond Awarded Patent

Blue Diamond Industries A U.S. patent was awarded to Blue Diamond for its 3N1 product, the “Continuous Conduit with Pre-Installed Innerducts,” a “boreable” HDPE continuous conduit with three or four innerducts pre-installed inside. The 4-inch outer casing is extruded over the innerducts ..

Ditch Witch Enhances Online Parts Lookup Tool

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works company, has released an advanced version of its industry-first, web-based tool that reduces downtime and increases efficiency. The Ditch Witch Parts Lookup gives customers easy access to detailed parts information, and a direct line of communication to dealershi..

Dry-Vacuum Technology

Game Changer for Powerful, Safe, Productive Excavation When Ox Equipment, of Ancaster, Ontario, discovered German-manufactured Mobile Tiefbau Saugsysteme (MTS) dry-suction excavation systems, the Canadian company knew it was just what North American utilities, municipalities and contractors needed...


Underground Construction Business: People

Brierley Associates Jim Williams, P.E., joined Brierley Associates’ Trenchless Services sector, which provides assistance to the energy industry and other market sectors using HDD and trenchless technologies in the Texas region. He has more than 24 years of experience in underground engineering and..

Taylor Machine Works will carry Pettibone Products

Pettibone As a new member of the Pettibone/Traverse Lift LLC dealer network, Taylor Machine Works will carry Pettibone Cary-Lift pipe and pole handlers for multiple states across the southern U.S., including Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, New Mexico and ..

RDO Vermeer Receives 10 Awards

RDO Vermeer Fargo, N.D.-based RDO Vermeer, part of the RDO Equipment Co. network of heavy equipment dealerships, received 10 awards at Vermeer’s annual Dealer Year End Meeting. Team awards included two No. 1 in the world rankings for Recycling and Forestry (the second consecutive..

Goodnight Midstream Permian

Goodnight Midstream Goodnight Midstream Permian LLC’s binding Open Season for producers to enter into long-term contractual commitments for its Llano Produced Water Pipeline System (Llano Pipeline) closes on March 30, 2018. Originating in Lea County, N.M., the Llano Pipelin..

Crescent Club Membership Awarded to 2017 Top Ten Ditch Witch Dealerships

In recognition of superior service and support throughout 2017, Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, honored its newest Crescent Club members. The award is given annually to the top 10 dealerships who best support the company’s “We’re In This Together” philosophy, by providing customers wit..

Aclara and SUEZ North America Enter Partnership

Aclara/SUEZ North America; suez-na.m Aclara and SUEZ North America have entered an exclusive strategic partnership to deliver advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart infrastructure solutions (SIS). Exclusive to the U.S. marketplace, the agreement allows both companies to lever..

New Website for Geophysical Survey Systems Inc.

GSSI Geophysical Survey Systems Inc. (GSSI), a leading manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, launched a completely redesigned website. The new homepage features a product configurator, quick access to the training class calendar, and the latest news and updates,..

R.S. Technical Services Becomes ‘Subsite’

After its assets were acquired in July 2017, R.S. Technical Services Inc. (RST), an industry leader in pipeline inspection technologies, is now officially known as Subsite Electronics. Aside from the name change, and visual changes to match the Subsite brand, nearly everything else will remain the ..


Rehab Product Focus: Sliplining

ADS NEWLINER Culvert Pipe from Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. (ADS) is a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe, with smooth outer and inner walls, designed specifically for relining underground culverts. The corrosion- and abrasion-resistant HDPE handles a pH range from 1.25 to 14. Av..

NASSCO Celebrates Strong Year of Accomplishments

In 2017, NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) continued to expand its influence in the industry with numerous active programs. NASSCO is a national organization dedicated to improving standards relating to the assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground wastewater i..

Standard Bearers: Philip Wildbore

EDITOR’S NOTE: NASSCO just completed its 42nd 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..

Equipment Spotlight


Ditch Witch The versatile MR90 can mix and recycle mud, handle spoils, and is the only unit that can be transported full of fluid. As the most-compact cleaning package on the market, it meets the demands of any small to medium-size drill with 90 gallons per minute (gpm) of cleaning ..


Wyo-Ben Wyo-Ben Inc. has responded to increasing regulatory pressure and customer inquiries on the disposal of spent drilling fluids by introducing SOLIDIBOND 1.1 and SOLIDIBOND 2.2.  Slurries solidified with SOLIDIBOND pass the paint filter test, allowing for less-expensive disposal as..

Downhole Tools

HammerHead Trenchless HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works company, has introduced the new Roughneck R200, the first 2-inch rock hammer engineered specifically for horizontal directional drilling applications. The smallest pneumatic rock hammer of HammerHead’s Ro..


UCT 2018: Standout Exhibitors Win ShowStopper Awards

How does an exhibitor stand out when it’s surrounded by scores of the best products and services an industry has to offer?  Whether it’s a visually striking design, an irresistible gadget or an intriguing solution to a common problem, some exhibits have the ability to stop people in their tracks. E..

‘Big Easy’ a Big Hit With Attendees of UCT 2018

Crisp spring weather and the sound of brass bands greeted guests to New Orleans as the city buzzed in anticipation of Mardi Gras throughout the Underground Construction Technology International Conference and Exhibition (UCT). The conference drew a large and enthusiastic audience in its 23rd year, ..

Assessing Uncertainties in Geotechnical Baselines Reports

Editor’s Note: This is part three of an exclusive four-part series outlining the risks of modern underground utility infrastructure construction and rehabilitation work. In Part 1, the concept of underground uncertainties in infrastructure work was introduced. In Part 2, we looked specifically at ..

Land Developers and Alien Pipelines

What to do When You Find Alien Pipelines on Your Property With oilfield growth, often comes economic expansion and building of commercial centers and new residential areas. Real estate developers are discovering abandoned and unknown “alien” pipelines on their properties at an increasing rate. In s..

Washington Watch

INGAA Tries to Ward Off Attempt to Force Rate Cuts

Interstate gas pipelines are trying to convince the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to ignore pleas from gas producers and other shippers to cut the rates pipelines charge their customers to reflect lower tax rates enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. A number of gas shippers a..


TWDBoard Approves $11.5 Million for Water, Wastewater System Projects

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently approved financial assistance totaling $11,482,300 for six water and wastewater system projects. $700,000 in loan forgiveness to the Holiday Beach Water Supply Corporation (Aransas County) for planning, design and construction of a Hurricane Harvey ..

Cleveland Wastewater Treatment Plant Awarded for Sustainable Infrastructure

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Cleveland area is the recent recipient of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Envision Silver award. Located on a 288-acre site in the Village of Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio, the NEORSD Souther..

NASSCO Launches Nation-Wide Search for Executive Director

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) has opened a search for its next executive director. Recently, the NASSCO board of directors accepted the resignation of Ted DeBoda, P.E., who served as executive director for eight years. DeBoda will continue his role as a Pipeline Asses..

Editor's Log

Infrastructure Investment - a New Buzzword

by Robert Carpenter Editor-in-Chief buzz·word – a word or phrase, often an item of jargon, that is fashionable at a particular time or in a particular context. From year to year, decade to decade, new buzzwords develop unexpectedly, unpredictably and inexplicably. While I certainly have – and will..