August 2022 Vol. 77 No. 8


Editor's Log

Editor’s Log: Launch of the Big Event

(UC) — There’s a good chance by now that most of our readers have seen announcements for the evolution of the next big event for underground industry awards – a very special occasion that will reward accomplishments and people of the underground infrastructure industry in a unique, personal and deserving fashion.

Washington Watch

EPA, USACE Double-Team Pipeline Construction

The Biden Administration is at it again with its latest regulatory effort to stymie pipeline development. A few months ago, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) suggested new restrictions on general pipeline repair permit NWP 12, which includes minimal dredge and fill near “waters of the U.S. (WOTUS).”

FERC Considering Pipeline Sales of ‘Responsibly Sourced Natural Gas’

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) appears likely to approve the first application from a pipeline company to sell “responsibly sourced natural gas” (RSG) at a premium price. Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP), a major delivery pipeline on the east coast has in essence been trying to work out an acceptable tariff with FERC for sales of RSG.



Tampa Planning $200 Million Water Infrastructure Repair Project, Detroit-area Utility Denies Responsibility for 2021 Storm Flooding, ASCE Publishes Updated Utility Standards, Navajo Leaders Finalize Plans for $215 Million in Water Improvements and more.


Modern Guidance for Auger Boring Matches Growth of Technology

Horizontal auger boring equipment was making trenchless installation beneath roads, highways and other obstacles for years before the term “trenchless technology” came into use.

Construction Theme Park Opens in Texas

The 3.5-acre park is located at Katy Mills Mall (west of Houston) with its main entrance facing Interstate 10. Dig World in Katy, Texas, was recently unveiled and is now open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

UCT 23: New Features, Old Favorites, Fresh Opportunities

(UC) — For the first time in its 28-year history, the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) will be held in Orlando, Fla., from Feb. 7-9, 2023. In fact, this is only the second time UCT has been in Florida, where the 2010 event was held in Tampa.

Equipment Spotlight: Compact Excavators (under 25,000 pounds)

Bobcat, CASE, Caterpillar, Doosan Infracore North America, Hitachi, Hyundai and more.

The Road to Safety Starts with Stability

Safety is the highest priority on any construction job site, but not every equipment solution aids in attaining that safety goal. In fact, in 2020, more than 174,100 injuries and 124 deaths occurred on construction job sites throughout the United States.

CUIRE – Forging Ahead in Research, Education and Outreach

It is hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education (CUIRE) was established. In 2000, a trenchless technology conference was held at Michigan State University (MSU). At the end of that conference, a group of industry leaders voted to establish CUIRE.

Rehab Technology

Rehab News

Rehab News

Rehab Spotlight: Lateral Reinstatement

Rehab Spotlight: Lateral Reinstatement

NASSCO Tech Tips

Styrene emissions from the CIPP process are a concern when they exceed regulatory levels. NASSCO contracted with the Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University (TTC) to delineate styrene levels at various parts of the CIPP process.

New Products

New Products

Latest industry developments