March 2022 Vol. 77 No. 3


Editor's Log

Editor's Log

By Robert Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief By the time this article is published, who knows what will have happened with the Russian war on Ukraine. Our prayers are for a peaceful and positive resolution for Ukraine and the Western World, and an end to the criminal actions of the despot Vladimir Putin.  ..



San Diego Accelerates Pace of Utility Undergrounding  San Diego officials have approved a plan to accelerate the relocation and burial of every residential overhead utility line in the city underground.  The new deal with San Diego Gas  & Electric creates a citizens’ oversight panel for undergroun..

Washington Watch

Pipelines Push Back Against New Reliability Regulatory Agency

By Stephen Barlas, Washington D.C. Editor A House Democratic subcommittee chairman is teeing up legislation creating a new regulatory agency that would ostensibly safeguard interstate pipeline reliability. The House subcommittee on energy held a hearing on Jan. 19 on the Energy Product Reliability ..


First Look: Tesmec Offers All-Inclusive Truck Approach to Conventional Fiber Microtrenching

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor A variety of construction methods can be used to install fiber optic cable to expand broadband networks.  While horizontal direction drilling (HDD) receives most of the trade press coverage abo..

Convention Preview: APCA Plans Scottsdale Convention to Tackle Important Business

Working in a rapidly evolving industry and facing serious challenges from a variety of sources, American Pipeline Contractors Association members are traveling to sunny Scottsdale, Ariz., March 25–30, for the 2022 APCA Convention. The meeting features an outstanding slate of speakers, important educ..

Directional Drilling: Muddy Waters: 3 Ways Fluid Cleaning Systems Can Improve Job-Site Success

By Richard Levings, American Augers Project Manager & Ben Clark, Derrick Corp. Civil Global Manager As demand for underground construction projects continues to increase, getting the most from your equipment is vital to job-site success. For HDD operators, drilling fluid plays a crucial role in eff..

HDD: Mud Systems

American Augers, (800) 324-4930  The new M300DH fluid cleaning system helps contractors working in tight job sites stay agile and efficient.  Its high-cleaning power circulates drilling fluids with 100,000-to-240,000 pounds of pullback and a 480-volt generator enables agitatio..

Convention Preview: NASSCO Thrives in Virtual World; ‘Live’ Annual Convention in Scottsdale

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor In spite of the COVID-19 epidemic, NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) stayed true to its mission of setting standards for the assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure, and assuring the continued acceptance and grow..

Equipment Spotlight

Rehab Technology

Rehab News

Vortex AccuPower Designed to Remove Concrete, Heavy Debris, CIPP Lining Without Damaging Host Pipe  The Vortex Companies, a leading provider of advanced trenchless water and sewer technologies and infrastructure renewal services, introduced the new AccuPower High-Pressure Water Blaster.  Built upo..

Rehab Technology: 5 Questions to Help Municipalities Choose the Right Utility Inspection Equipment

By Patrick Iyonsi, utility inspection product manager, Subsite Out of sight, out of mind. This is the general population’s stance towards the 2 million miles of underground pipe in the United States and even more around the world.  And rightfully so. As a service provided and supported by municipa..


Business News

Reed Manufacturing Celebrates 125 Years  Reed Manufacturing in Erie, Pa., is celebrating 125 years of supplying the highest-quality pipe tools and vises for professional trades.  Carl Reed, scion of one of Erie’s pioneer families, along with three partners, started the business in 1896, manufactur..

Business People

Freese and Nichols  Alan Hutson, P.E., vice president/principal of professional consulting firm Freese and Nichols, has a new role as division manager-Central Plains, at the Oklahoma City office. He will lead the continued diversification of services for state and local clients in Oklahoma and the ..

New Products

New Products

WrapidSeal Controls Infiltration, Prevents Deterioration, Provides Structural Integrity of Manholes  Manholes deteriorate, as a result of soil stresses, groundwater, exposure to sewer gas, structural movement from traffic loading, and soil movement from wet/dry or freeze/thaw cycling. Over time, th..