November 2023 Vol. 78 No.11


Editor's Log

Cool changes: Underground Infrastructure converts to total digital platform

Effective with our December 2023 issue, the Underground Infrastructure print magazine will take the final step in its digital evolution and convert to a unique all-digital format.


CGA’s DIRT report correlates infrastructure investment with increased excavation damage

(UI) — Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the national nonprofit trade association dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them and their communities, recently announced the findings from its 2022 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT). It revealed concerning increases across key damage indicators.

CGA’s GIS case study highlighting value in facility mapping information

(UI) — Common Ground Alliance (CGA) recently released a groundbreaking case study as part of its Next Practices Initiative titled “PILOT: Improving Efficiency and Reducing Damages by Providing Ticket-Level Visualizations of Underground Facilities to Designers, Locators and Excavators.”

Russ Ford named 2024 MVP of underground infrastructure industry

(UI) — Russ Ford, a noted infrastructure expert, has been selected as the Most Valuable Professional of the underground infrastructure industry for 2024. Ford, a senior associate at Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc., will be honored at a special luncheon on March 19 at the annual Underground Infrastructure Conference (UIC).

Rent vs. buy: Which offers the best ROI for mini excavators?

(UI) — Mini excavators’ compact size and versatility make them a popular choice for the construction industry. There is a large variety of attachments available, allowing them to tackle almost any task on the job site. Although choosing from so many different models and configurations can be a challenge, one of the biggest decisions contractors may face is whether to rent or buy the mini excavator.

Learn how to never wait on concrete again

We know you never want to wait on ready mix again. One way to achieve this is by using the world’s best-selling volumetric technology. Cemen Tech’s C60 volumetric concrete mixer measures, mixes, and dispenses a precise amount of concrete from a single unit.

Midstream consolidates, expands ahead of LNG export demand

U.S. midstream companies would be hard-pressed this year to approach the record earnings that many achieved in 2022, but the sharp decline in oil and natural gas prices from last year’s highs hasn’t blunted their expansion efforts.

Damage prevention and safety: SUE, vac excavation increase safety and save time

When it comes to underground utilities, safety is paramount. As municipalities grow and various areas undergo advancement and development, the number of buried utilities grows.

Moving up the sewer line just got easier

Advanced Lightweight Aluminum Skids, Nozzles Provide Superior Cleaning

Underground Infrastructure Conference preview: Powerful education, networking await at UIC

Technologies and sustainability practices for underground infrastructure are always evolving. Staying ahead of the curve is a necessity. By attending the 2024 Underground Infrastructure Conference (UIC), Tuesday, March 19, to Thursday, March 21, in Oklahoma City, Okla., you can develop your skills and take advantage of strategic networking in just two-and-a-half days during this exciting event.

Rehab Technology

How to extend longevity of underground concrete structures

(UI) — From precast manholes to cast-in-place lift stations and pump stations, concrete structures are found everywhere throughout underground sewer infrastructure. Installed below grade and left to serve their critical functions, many such assets are at the point of requiring rehabilitation and need attention before they deteriorate further and require full replacement.



Pacific Gas & Electric — one of the nation’s largest utilities whose equipment has sparked some of California’s deadliest wildfires — wants to bury power lines in some of its most at-risk areas to prevent destructive blazes like the 2018 Paradise fire that killed 85 people.


Business News

Vacuworx celebrates 25th anniversary; Grundfos celebrates the 50th anniversary of its U.S. operations; 120Water selected to manage the data and submittal of Georgia’s lead service line (LSL) inventories; and more!

New Products

New products

The Vermeer VXT600 vacuum excavator has undergone a complete redesign. Its load capacity has been increased for road use, and the component and technology reliability and serviceability have been optimized.