April 2020 Vol. 75 No. 4


Editor's Log

Waiting for The World to Reboot

The world has survived many horrific pandemics for thousands of years. No doubt we’ll survive this latest attack on the human race by the merciless microscopic coronavirus army, and we all pray the toll in lives will not continue to climb. What it will do to the long-term, worldwide economy and our way of life remains to be seen.


Utility & Communications Construction Update

The spread of the coronavirus has upended almost every staple of U.S. life, and businesses have no sense of what the next two weeks, much less the next two months, could look like. With these themes as the backdrop, there are some takeaways we can share for planning the next six months, as we consider both oil and the spread of the coronavirus.

Court Rulings Enhance Canadian Pipeline Outlook

Two Canadian court rulings since the start of the year may go a long way toward breaking bottlenecks that have stalled pipeline construction and expansion projects over the past decade.

Project Lowers Flooding Risk in Albuquerque’s South Valley

When the final phases of the Black Mesa Project are completed, it will connect the drainage from three dams – Don Felipe Dam, Raymac Dam and McCoy Dam – into one pipe manifold and drain the water to the Rio Grande River.

UCT 2020

UCT Welcomes a New Generation

The Underground Construction Technology conference celebrated the event's first-ever Career Day at UCT 2020.

UCT Showstopper Winners Draw Attention

Three companies exhibiting at the 2020 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) took home prestigious UCT Show Stopper Awards earlier this year.

Longtime Municipal Director Todd Reck Reflects on MVP Career

Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and growing up primarily in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, Todd Reck developed an early interest in engineering that was encouraged by his father, who taught math and electronics for many years. After high school, he planned to focus on structural engineering at Texas A&M University but changed to water and wastewater engineering after taking a hydraulics class and never looked back.

Rehab Technology

TTC Publishes Environmental Impact Study of Steam-Cured CIPP

In response to recent questions about the environmental impact of emissions from steam cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) projects, the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University has published results from its extensive study related to the issue.

Sliplining – It Looks Easy

This article discusses the challenges that are faced when sliplining medium- to large-diameter sewers and the solutions created by the specialized equipment and a well-trained and well-managed crew.

RehabZone Updates Generate Increased, Diverse Participation

The RehabZone – the special “no selling” area co-located with the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) and dedicated to providing objective information about sewer infrastructure rehabilitation – has become a standard part of the annual UCT.

Lining Systems

Applied Felts Using only the highest quality raw materials available, Applied Felts manufactures world-class CIPP liners based on your unique job requirements. Our vertically integrated offering of classic felt liners include..



Industry Events Postponed Due to Coronavirus Industry events that had been planned throughout the United States this spring were postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many of them waiting to reschedule when more is known about the breadth and duration of its spread. The postponement..

Washington Watch

House Democrats Consider Anti-Pipeline Reg Changes

Democrats in the House have introduced two bills that would negatively affect interstate pipelines. The legislative efforts align with a broader push by Democrats, including presidential candidates, to enact “green” energy policies which, if not vilifying natural gas, at least tarnish its reputation as a climate-preferred alternative to coal and oil.



Bill Thompson (center), president of Thompson Pump, and his sons Bobby (left) and Chris. Thompson Pump and Manufacturing: 50 Years of Innovation Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Company, a leading U.S. man..

New Products

New Products

Vermeer Introduces High-Capacity, Truck-Mounted Vacuum Excavators Vermeer Corporation has purchased a minority equity investment in and signed a distribution agreement with Vacuum X-Traction Products Inc. (VXP). Through the a..