November 2021 Vol. 76 No. 11


Editor's Log

HDD Reunion Returns in 2022

By Robert Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief Back by popular demand! The Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Reunion returns to UCT in 2022. The Reunion will be held on Wednesday, Jan 26, 4:45 p.m., at the Fort Worth Convention Center.  ..



Hamtramck in Detroit Area is Latest Facing Lead in Water  Another Michigan city is giving filters to residents because of high lead results in some drinking water samples.  Hamtramck, in the Detroit area, is a 2-square-mile (5.2-square-kilometer) city with 28,000 residents, many of them immigrants..

Washington Watch

Will Democratic-Run FERC Bless Use of Social Cost of Carbon Tool?

By Stephen Barlas, Washington, D.C. Editor In a decision at the end of September, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff handed the pipeline industry what could be a short-lived victory, by approving three compressor stations (one new) in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Opponents had demand..


HDD Reunion Returns to UCT 2022; Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

In conjunction with the Underground Construction Technology (UCT) International Conference & Exhibition, the second Horizontal Directional Drilling HDD) Reunion and the annual HDD Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Fort Worth Convention Center.  Honored as the 2022 ind..

Gary Oradat to be Named 2022 MVP

The Most Valuable Professional of the underground infrastructure industry will be honored at the annual Underground Construction Technology (UCT) International Conference & Exhibition, in Fort Worth, Texas, at a special luncheon on Jan. 25. The 2022 award, co-sponsored by the Underground Constructio..

HDD Legends Canon, Hair to be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Frank Canon  When it came to understanding the impacts of proper drilling fluid use for HDD, Frank Canon’s name instantly springs to mind for thousands of veteran drillers. His homespun teaching style and humor, combined with years of practical experience, made Canon the renowned educator for drill..

Ancient Roman Construction Methods Still Connect to Modern Pipeline Work

By Joe Pikas, Technical Toolboxes It’s interesting to note that it is easier to find ancient Roman history documentation about its infrastructure system (i.e., all roads lead to Rome), buildings, water/via-ducts and stadiums, than find a document about a U.S. pipeline built within the last 50 years..

NA, Global Energy Pipeline Construction Plans

By Jeff Awalt, Executive Editor As global markets claw their way back from the 2020 pandemic trough and energy demand continues to rise, oil and gas producers remain largely committed to fiscal restraint, prices have risen to multi-year highs and storage has yet to recover from historic lows.  ..



Xylem’s ‘Smart Sewer’ Exceeds Requirements, Saves Money, Improves Resilience  Global water technology company, Xylem, delivered the advanced “smart sewer” system that is enabling the City of South Bend, Ind., to exceed the requirements of a wastewater Consent Decree, reduce capital investment, and ..


PPI Announces New Chair for Board of Directors  Douglas Keller, technical lead-Americas for Equistar Chemical-Pipe Resins, was named chair of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), board of directors, a two-year appointment. PPI is the major North American trade association representing the plastic pip..

Rehab Technology

REHAB SPOTLIGHT: Laterals Rehab & Cutters

Avanti  (800) 877-2570,  Leaking service laterals and lateral connections are a source of significant groundwater infiltration into collection systems. According to the EPA, as much as 60 percent of overflow comes from leaking service connections. Injection grouts such as AV-100® C..


New Cherne I-Series Test-Ball Plugs Deliver State-of-the-Art Solutions  The newly redesigned Cherne I-Series Test-Ball Plugs are the most innovative pneumatic plugs available for the underground/waterworks market.  Lightweight, short and flexible, these plugs deliver state-of-the-art solutions for..

New Products

New Products

Heath Consultants Introduces Industry-LeadingTechnologies  Heath Consultants Incorporated’s Remote Methane Leak Detector-Complete System (RMLD-CS) successfully completed the certification process to earn the Intrinsic Safety (IS) rating of Class I, Division II, which allows its use indoors and with..