December 2021 Vol. 76 No. 12


Editor's Log

Infrastructure Money and Reality

By Robert Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief The Great Infrastructure Money Grab is on and at long last, underground construction markets are getting a reasonable share of the funding bonanza. Markets are anxious to secure their piece of the $550 billion of which $120 billion is designated for water, sewer..



Michels Completes 15,000+ Foot HDD Crossing  Michels completed a 15,426-foot horizontal directional drill (HDD) of a 24-inch pipe crossing of Lake Sakakawea on the Missouri River in North Dakota, extending the limits of trenchless construction.  The crossing is part of a new pipeline being constru..

Washington Watch

FERC Punts on GHG ‘Significance’ Again

By Stephen Barlas, Washington D.C. Editor The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) continues to hesitate in determining whether greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new pipeline projects are a “significant” contribution to climate change.  The latest example is an FERC draft environmental im..


Informative Seminars and Innovative Equipment Await UCT Attendees

Underground Construction Technology (UCT) returns to the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, Jan. 24 with the pre-UCT kick-off of CUIRE Schools. The main UCT program runs Tuesday, Jan. 25–Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.  Taking place before the height of construction season, UCT is ..

Demand for Broadband Supports Need for Fiber Optic Systems

EDITOR’S NOTE   Eben Wyman is a veteran advocate for key underground utility and pipeline associations. He points out that maintaining an effective advocacy program is fundamental to the success of any organization interested in the happenings of the federal government. Zack Perconti is an associat..

Tunnel Vision

By Michael Kozak, J.D. A welded PVC waterproofing system was recently applied to an under­ground rail segment being built in the Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland (DMV) area. The system was supplied by CETCO.  Cr..


Directional Drilling

Making Difficult HDD Intersect Bores Practical

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor Picture two large directional drilling rigs several thousand feet apart – usually on opposite sides of a body of water.  Each rig drills from its location, and the two pilot bores meet at a precisely-planned point in between. Successful horizontal directional drillin..

Solar HDDP: Drilling Contractor Expands into Renewable Energy

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), more than one-fifth of the nation’s domestically produced energy comes from Texas. The state has a long history of producing crude oil and natural gas, but more recently, the state’s energy production is rapidly expanding into renewables..

Rehab Technology

Rehab News

PPG Unveils Complete Coating Solutions for Wastewater Operations  PPG significantly expanded its coatings offering for wastewater infrastructure, thanks to its recent acquisition of VERSAFLEX/Raven Lining Systems, “which are used throughout the water, wastewater and manhole rehabilitation industrie..

Pipe Check: Using Force Main Inspections to Keep Wastewater Flowing

By Lauren Kubin, P.E,. North Texas Municipal Water District, Mazen Kawasmi, P.E., CFM, GISP, and Stephen Johnson, PE, Freese and Nichols, Inc., Stacie Sandmann, Pure Technologies  The North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) serves 1.8 million residents in a fast-growing, 10-county area. That m..