September 2020 Vol. 75 No. 9


Editor's Log

Atomic Anniversary, Politics & Perspectives

The political landscape in America was forever changed with the development of the atomic bomb and its subsequent use to end World War II. Our landscape looks set to dramatically shift once again.


Suicide Serious Issue for Construction Industry

CIASP’s stated goals include increasing awareness about the risk of suicide within the construction industry and to develop suicide prevention resources and tools to create a zero-suicide industry.

How to Build a Customized Excavation Protective System

Some excavation projects are clear-cut and just require selecting the right excavation protective system for the job. Other projects, such as deep or complex trenches, need a custom-engineered solution.

Puget Sound Energy Creates LNG Bunkering, Supply Facility

Construction of the first liquified natural gas (LNG) marine bunkering facility on the West Coast is progressing steadily and on track to open in the first quarter of 2021.

Directional Drilling

Fiber Project Pushes Through Difficult Ground Conditions, Environmental Challenges

On its own merit, a horizontal directional drilling (HDD) shot spanning more than five football fields long is a substantial task. But when you add in both volcanic and clay ground conditions, a tight deadline and an environmentally protected job site, it becomes all the more challenging.

First Look

First Look: Heath Offers Advanced Detection Products

Heath Consultants now offers two advanced technology products for detecting and documenting the presence of methane gas: the RMLD-CS™ remote gas leak detector and the Odorator 2™ audit system. Each replaces proven legacy products.

Rehab Technology

NASSCO Standard Bearers: Kay Doheny

This month, NASSCO Standard Bearers profiles Kay Doheny, part of a major legacy success story from Jack Doheny Companies. Her dedication to the sewer cleaning and rehabilitation industry and fervent enthusiasm for the mission of NASSCO have made significant positive impacts upon the market.

Rehab News

Vortex Companies Continues Long-Term Branding, Integration Strategy The Vortex Companies launched its new website, featuring an upgraded, streamlined design and better user experience for customers seeking information about its growing trenchless infrastructure services and trenchless rehabilitatio..

Washington Watch

Pro-Pipeline Changes to NEPA Challenged

One lawsuit has already been filed contesting the Trump administration’s July pro-pipeline changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) gave the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) new authority to discount greenhouse gas emissions when approving applications for new interstate pipeline construction.

PHMSA ratifies industry request on MAOP

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule in mid-July granting transmission pipelines the changes they requested after publication of a big final rule last October titled, “Safety of Gas Transmission Pipelines: MAOP Reconfirmation, Expansion of Assessment Requirements, and Other Related Amendments.”



Work Completed on World’s Longest Hydraulically Inserted Pipe National Grid and its project partners Skanska and PORR Group have set a new record with the insertion of a 3-mile (5-km) natural gas pipeline into a tunnel under the River Humber. Two hydraulic thrust machines were used to push eight 2..

New Products

New Products

New Compact Wheel Loaders Deliver Improved Performance, Advanced Features and Options Building on the success of its range, Caterpillar has added three new models to its M Series Compact Wheel Loader lineup: 910, 914 and 920. All three models feature a new engine, C3.6, specifically designed for C..

People in the News

People in the News

Miller Pipeline Announces Executive Management Changes Miller Pipeline, LLC, one of the nation’s premier natural gas distribution and utility contractors, appointed Dale Anderson as president and COO, a new role that combines the formerly separate president and CEO. Previously executive vice presid..

Companies in the News

Companies in the News

Caterpillar Celebrates Production of 175,000 Medium High-Drive Dozers In 1985, Caterpillar expanded its revolutionary elevated sprocket undercarriage concept to its medium track-type tractor (MTTT) line with the launch of the H-Series models. Still unique to this day for the 130- to 350-horsepower ..

Underground Construction Technology

Underground Utilities Take Center Stage in Nashville

Scheduled for Jan. 26–28 in Nashville, UCT is a true business event for the underground utility infrastructure professional. You can network with representatives from companies involved in operational, engineering, construction, rehabilitation, maintenance and services from every segment of the underground utility pipe industry.

Assessing the RehabZone™

Explore the new, interactive Assessment Zone and demystify the technologies available for assessing and analyzing the structural integrity of the underground infrastructure.

The UCT Education Advantage

UCT is your source for real-world education. The program features practical solutions to challenges faced in the field. Industry experts lead the sessions and offer solutions that can be implemented on job sites immediately. The education experience begins on Monday, Jan. 25 with specialty sessions ..

Exploring Music City

Nashville is a city built on music. From country and Americana, to pop and rock, to classical and blues, Nashville has it all. If this is your first visit, here are a few things to put on your to-do list! Experience the evolution of one of the fastest growing music genres with a trip to the Country..