December 2023 Vol. 78 No.11


UI Awards ’24 finalists announced

(UI) — The annual Underground Infrastructure Awards (UIA), the most comprehensive and prestigious program to recognize outstanding performance and technology for the entire underground infrastructure industry, has announced the finalists for the 2024 awards.

Sponsored by Underground Infrastructure magazine, the UIAs will be held in tandem with the Underground Infrastructure Conference (formerly UCT) on the evening of March 19 at the Oklahoma City Convention Center. This event is designed to reward the people and their incredible performances in a unique, personal and deserving fashion. 

The Underground Infrastructure Awards will be the best opportunity of the year to truly recognize and honor the best of this grand, underground infrastructure industry in which we all relish and participate. We sincerely hope you will participate and join us in Oklahoma City for the celebration of North America’s underground infrastructure. 

The finalists are listed below. To sponsor the event, contact Josh Allen at, (832) 922-9018. Or, to attend, go to For more information and questions, contact Karen Francis, 

Emerging Technology of the Year 

  • Shark Reamer, Infinity Tool  
  • Hover app-based, end-to-end data platform, Hover 
  • Quickview 360, Envirosight 
  • Live Dig Radar Excavate, RodRadar 
  • Jet pump system for small-diameter Direct Pipe, Herrenknecht 
  • HK300TE: all-electric HDD Rig for greener drilling, Herrenknecht  

Energy Pipeline Project of the Year 

  • Texas International Pipeline Systems 24-inch Crude Oil Project, Texas City to Galveston, HardRock Infrastructure 
  • Lowell Area Gas Modernization Project, National Grid 

Rehabilitation Project of the Year 

  • San Diego First Aqueduct Treated Water Tunnels Rehabilitation Project, Michels 
  • Middlesex Water Company D&R Canal Water Supply System Transmission Main Repairs 
  • Tucson Boulevard Diversion Structure, Pima County, Ariz. 
  • Clark Plaza Subdivision Waterline Improvements, Fort Bend County Water Control & Improvement District No. 2 

Asset Management Project of the Year 

  • Lowell Area Gas Modernization Project, National Grid 
  • Linear System Integrity Program, Great Lakes Water Authority  

Sewer Project of the Year

  • City of Houston’s 78-inch Sanitary Sewer Sinkhole & Emergency Repair Project, Harper Brothers Construction 
  • Cottonwood Valley Golf Course Wastewater Improvements, City of Irving, Texas 
  • 96-Inch Storm Water Joint Remediation Using Injection Grout in Southeast Evansville, Ind., Culy Contracting  

Underground Infrastructure’s Benefactor Award

  • Clete Martin, PE, Plummer Associates Inc.  
  • Donna Evanoff Renner, P.E., CP&Y  

Water Project of the Year

  • Houston’s 24-Inch Cast-Iron Water Transmission Main Sipp Epoxy Rehabilitation, Spray in Place Solutions 
  • 72-Inch Water Line from Emancipation to Tuam, Houston Public Works 
  • Contract Package 2A: WSPL Section I, II, and III, Lithos Engineering, Super Excavators and ECI Contracting  

Environmental Awareness Award

  • NASSCO CIPP Workgroup, NASSCO 
  • Versiv Solutions Cross Compression, Versiv Solutions 

Rising Star

  • David Nylander, DiTech Industries  
  • Chase Juhl, DE Corp. 
  • Samuel Hunt, CBET  

The Community Impact, Electric Distribution/Transmission Project of the Year and Gas Project of the Year will be announced during the UIA dinner. 

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