March 2021 Vol. 76 No. 3


First Look

First Look: Sharewell Introduces Gyroscopic Tool for Smaller Pipes, Bores

Sharewell HDD has introduced the state-of-the-art Opti-Trac Gyro navigation system for horizontal directional drilling (HDD).

Editor's Log

Editor's Log: Winter's End

By Robert Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief Greetings from the frozen tundra formerly known as Texas. At least that felt like our condition when a 100-year winter storm recently overwhelmed the state and many others across the nation in mid-February. In Houston and much of the state, we experienced record..



New Two-Day Record for U.S. Natural Gas Delivery  The massive February winter storm that swept across the U.S. forced many cities to experience record-breaking temperatures which also led to a new two-day record for natural gas delivery.  151.7 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas was delivered..

Washington Watch

Biden Administration Initiates Major Pipeline Leak Regulatory Reviews

By Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor Both gas transmission and distribution pipelines face new regulations from the Biden administration on leaks from pumping station equipment andStephen Barlas | Washington Editor  pipelines, in part because of legislation passed in December by Congress and a Bide..


1960s: Record-Setting Projects, Game-Changing Technology
75th Anniversary

The boom of the 1950s carried over into the next decade, but not entirely or evenly.  While hitting peaks in some months, crude oil pipeline construction in the U.S. totaled 7,332 miles by decade-end – slightly more than half of the 13,756 miles during the 1950s and about equal to the 1940s’ 7,103 ..

Profiles in Underground Construction

Doosan Infracore North America, LLC  THEN  Founded in 1896, with a long legacy in infrastructure support. History in equipment manufacturing began in 1937 as Chosun Machine Works, Korea’s first large-scale machinery fac..

Alliant Energy Conduit Loop Project Earns Project of the Year Award

Alliant Energy Corporation’s Grid Modernization Program is using high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit for the core fiber optic ring that runs 600 miles in the northeast corner of Iowa and into the southwest corner of Wisconsin. The ring is under construction and is scheduled to be completed duri..

UCT Offers New Elements New Date

UCT Offers New Elements New Date  Summertime. Safer time.  The Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) has made a bold move, with you in mind. With your health and safety of paramount concern, UCT show management has taken the opportunity to hold the confere..

Despite Pandemic, PLCA Accomplished Positive Year

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor   The year 2020 was a period of challenges and adjustments for members of the Pipe Line Contractors Association.  PLCA 2020 President Kelly Osborn, U.S. Pipelines The world..

APCA Plans for Busy 2021

Like much of the construction industry – and really like most of the world – pipeline construction sailed uncharted waters when the coronavirus blindsided the market last March. Members of the American Pipeline Contractors Association (APCA) were all set to travel to the Bahamas for their Annual Con..


Heath Consultants, (713) 844-1300  Heath Consultants Sure-Lock All Pro is a simple, two-button underground locator with integrated receiver and transmitter.  This allows you to configure the optimal frequency to..

First Look: Sharewell Introduces Gyroscopic Tool for Smaller Pipes, Bores

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor Sharewell HDD has introduced the state-of-the-art Opti-Trac Gyro navigation system for horizontal directional drilling (HDD).  “The Opti-Trac tool uses a fiber optic north-seeking gyroscopic system to provide the location of the drill bit to the surveyor,” said Matth..

Directional Drilling

Effective Teamwork Results in Successful Completion of Outflow Pipeline

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor Teamwork of several organizations involved in this unique project played a key role in construction of a sewer outflow pipeline in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania.  H&H Enterprises, Andover, Ohio, was the primary contractor for the project which included three h..

Rehab Technology

Rehab News

OBIC Expands Global Footprint to India  OBIC LLC, global leader in the development and manufacturing of coatings and linings for a variety of infrastructure applications, has established OBIC Solutions, Pvt. Ltd., a new sister company based in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.  The decision was spurre..

Spring Cleaning, Sewer Style

By John Manijak, Michels Corporation Spring cleaning is not just reserved for that pile of old magazines and unfinished winter projects that built up in your garage. It is an essential tool in the sewer maintenance toolbelt that every public works manager should have ready once those snowmen start ..

New Products

New Products

Kubota Introduces Next-Generation Compact Excavators  Two, new compact excavators – KX057-5 and U55-5 – lead Kubota Tractor Corporation’s construction equipment product introductions in 2021.  “With the new KX057-5 and the U55-5, Kubota offers not only a broad selection of 13 compact excavator mod..