September 2023 Vol. 78 No.9


Editor's Log

Editor's log: Liberty in retreat

(UI) — The modern environmental movement is so concerned with forcing its ideology upon the world that exploring and legislating such nonsensical paths are forcing us to toss aside common sense.


Tackle turnover with training

HammerHead Trenchless provides in-field, online or on-campus training for customers who use HammerHead and Picote products in the field.

Trenchless Technology Center continues to prosper, provide industry research

(UI) — The Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University had another busy year and its Industry Advisory Board (IAB) again hit an all-time high in 2023. Research activities were in full swing and in-person training even came back, with forums in Boston and Houston.

Directional drilling: HDD Hall of Fame Class of ’24 announced

Underground Infrastructure magazine and the Horizontal Directional Drilling Association, in conjunction with the HDD Reunion Organization, are proud to announce the HDD Hall of Fame Class of 2024.

Beyond drilling: Total Boring's commitment to excellence

While Total Boring boasts a diverse fleet of drilling machines and tooling from reputable manufacturers, they rely on a single vendor for their drilling fluid needs: Wyo-Ben.

Let your fluid cleaning system be the hero

(UI) — The role of drilling fluid on an HDD jobsite is a big one. It acts as a conveyor for removing solids from the bore hole, lubricates downhole tooling, cools electronics and stabilizes the hole. Keeping it clean and usable is an important job, and an essential one for contractors to stay profitable.

Directional drilling: DDURT construction tackles treacherous ground conditions to connect rural communities

In 2016, Thomas Rathbone enlisted the help of lifelong friends to start a utility construction company that specializes in horizontal directional drilling (HDD). Connecting communities with fiber for high-speed internet access is the sole focus.

Unlock the secrets to success in underground infrastructure at UIC!

Join your peers at the Underground Infrastructure Conference (UIC) in Oklahoma City, March 19–21, 2024, for an incredible opportunity to learn, network and elevate your career in this lucrative industry.

Underground construction enters the virtual reality universe

(UI) — The Super Witch is incredibly popular, and at CONEXPO, the Metaverse offered a chance for people to put on the VR headset, pick up the corresponding hand controllers, and find themselves inside the cab.

Jim Agnew’s vision continues to inspire: Celebrating his enduring legacy at Inrock

Inrock wishes Jim Agnew a hearty congratulations on his HDD Hall of Fame induction. His contributions to the HDD industry are only outmatched by the positive effect he left on everyone he came across.

Tech Tips

Ensuring quality control and proper storage of cured-in-place pipe lining

(UI) — Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) has revolutionized the rehabilitation of underground pipelines, offering a cost-effective and efficient solution. What was once considered an alternative pipe replacement solution, CIPP is increasingly becoming the accepted go-to pipe rehabilitation method.



(UI) — A California-based company was fined $5 million for illegally dumping wastewater in Mississippi; Three people were found dead in a Texas underground tank, with sewer gas suspected as the cause; Caltech research reveals underground fiber optic cables as effective earthquake detectors; and the latest industry developments.

New Products

New products

Discover the latest developments in the underground infrastructure industry from Vanair ThermalGuard, Cardinal Wireless, Koroyd and more!


Business News

Vermeer's 75th anniversary marks a glimpse into the future; Volvo CE to launch a new compact business unit; NAXSA and industry groups formalize alliance with OSHA; Ace Energy Infrastructure sets a record with intersect pipeline installation; and more exciting business updates!