April 2022 Vol. 77 No. 4


Editor's Log

Good math, bad math

By Robert Carpenter, Editor-in-chief First the good math  The over two-year COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc through the lives of virtually everyone in the world. That also held true for the business world and certainly the underground infrastructure indust..



U.S. Interior Earmarks $1.7 Billion Tribal Water Settlements  U.S. Department of Interior announced that it will use $1.7 billion from the recently enacted federal infrastructure bill to fund 16 tribal water rights settlements. The funds are to pay for infrastructure that provides access to water t..

Washington Watch

New FERC pipeline policies worrisome

By Stephen Barlas, Washington, D.C. Editor Potential impact of Europe’s new need for U.S. liquid natural gas (LNG) is now reverberating inside and outside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), as it attempts to implement two new policy statements..


Utility & communications construction update

The pandemic exposed the frailty that exists in current supply chains and the war in Ukraine has placed those concerns into overdrive.

Modern mud systems bring large benefits to big HDD jobs

In today’s environment of strict environmental regulations, rising costs and intense competition for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) jobs, mud reclaimer systems have become an indispensable companion to large-diameter HDD rigs.

Industry study takes hard look at 811 process, facility locating

At a time when excavation construction is at an all-time high, and much more is on the horizon after landmark infrastructure legislation enacted in 2021, protecting underground infrastructure during excavation activity is more important than ever.

UCT 2022 Hosts Flood of Re-Engaging Attendees

After battling through more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the underground infrastructure industry took another significant step towards normality in January as a strong crowd of interested attendees packed educational sessions and the exhibit hall at the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition.


As always, the 2022 edition of RehabZone was a vital part of 2022 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) held this past January in in Ft. Worth, Texas,

Annual UCT ShowStopper Awards Feature Innovative Exhibits

Exhibitors at trade shows compete with hundreds of other exhibitors to capture attendees’ interest in their booths and the specific products and services being promoted.

A quiet industry giant takes a humble bow

By Jeff Awalt, Executive Editor To understand the affection an entire industry can seemingly have for an individual, one only needed to walk into the large ballroom of the Fort Worth Convention Center on Jan. 25.  MVP winner Gary Oradat addresses the..

Rehab First Look

New Software Simplifies, Facilitates Use of ASCE MOP 145 for Close-Fit Liners

MOP 145 offers valuable guidance to consulting engineers for designing flexible, close-fit liners for rehabilitation of existing gravity pipe, including sanitary sewers, culverts and storm sewers. The design applies to CIPP, both non-reinforced and GRP-reinforced, and fold-and-form liners.

Tech Tips

Pressure Pipe Cleaning and Preparation for Rehabilitation

Pressure pipes, like gravity pipelines, need to be cleaned and prepared for rehabilitation. This NASSCO Tech Tip will discuss pressure pipe cleaning methods and requirements before a pipe rehabilitation is completed.

Equipment Spotlight


Applied Felts  (276) 656-1904; appliedfelts.com  Using only the highest quality raw materials available, Applied Felts’ decades proven, PU-coated, all-felt AquaCure® liners, with stitched or flame-bonded seams, are built to ..

IPR Acquires Granite Inliner

Inland Pipe Rehabilitation (IPR), a leading water and wastewater infrastructure services company, completed the acquisition of Granite Inliner and affiliated companies from Granite Construction Incorporated.



Woolpert  woolpert.com  Woolpert, a Dayton, Ohio, architecture, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategic consulting firm, acquired AAM, a global ge..

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