February 2024 Vol. 79 No. 2


Conference Preview: Underground Infrastructure Awards Program Slated for March 19

The annual Underground Infrastructure Awards (UIA), the most comprehensive and prestigious program to recognize outstanding performance and technology for the entire underground infrastructure industry, will honor the finalists and celebrate the winner of the 2024 awards on March 19. 

Sponsored by Underground Infrastructure magazine, the UIAs will be held in tandem with the Underground Infrastructure Conference (formerly UCT) on 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 Construction 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 this event, contact Josh Allen at josh@undergroundinfrastructure.com or (832) 922-9018. For questions or to register, contact Karen Francis at karen@undergroundinfrastructure.com More information about the awards is available at ui-conference.com/ui-awards. 

Emerging Technology of the Year 

Shark Reamer by Infinity Tool - The new HDD PDC Shark Reamer was born out of a simple concept, to enable a rapid change of cutters onsite, minimizing down time. Each cutter segment is installed with hand tools, and every segment has the same design no matter which position on the reamer blade. It is available in diameters from 14 to 48 inches in either push or pull configuration.  

HOVER by Hover – An app-based, end-to-end data platform that allows contractors to measure, design, estimate and order materials for projects all in one place – driving workflow efficiency, transparency, and homeowner satisfaction. Leveraging patented computer vision and machine learning technology to structure property data, HOVER transforms a handful of smartphone photos – within a matter of minutes – into beautifully rendered, fully-measured 3D models.  

Quickview 360 by Envirosight – The company’s latest innovation, Quickview 360, is a compact pole camera made specifically for manhole inspection. With guided descent, Quickview 360 requires only a single operator to complete a full scan in just five minutes. Its collapsible design makes it easy to transport, meaning inspection teams now have a cost-effective solution to some of their biggest manhole assessment challenges. Quickview 360 uses dual cameras and a laser rangefinder to capture visual and 3D data from manholes, offering rapid guided descent and precision measurement capabilities. The platform also supports cloud sharing of those results, as well as AI-powered defect coding and 3D modeling through embedded WinCan software.  

Live Dig Radar Excavate by RodRadar – Live Dig Radar (LDR) Excavate is the first-ever ground penetrating radar (GPR) integrated in the excavator’s digging bucket, detecting underground utilities in real-time during live excavation. Detected information is displayed to the machine operator in real time, in an intuitive display and interface, allowing them to improve their productivity as well as overall safety while avoiding damage to local infrastructure. LDR helps improve onsite safety and avoid environmental effects (by effectively reducing the number of utility strikes). 

Jet pump system for small-diameter Direct Pipe by Herrenknecht AGIntegration of the jet pump in the AVNS Slurry MTBM now makes it possible to use Direct Pipe even for small diameters starting at 24-inches. The AVNS MTBM concept has been integrated in Direct Pipe technology to enable one-pass installation for longer crossings smaller than 36 inches. Umbilical lines supply the Direct Pipe MTBM with power, data communication, and all the media such as slurry supply & return.  

HK300TE: all-electric HDD Rig for greener drilling by Herrenknecht AG The HK300TE fully electric HDD Rig represents an indispensable step towards energy transition, making green energies usable in the drilling industry, while reducing emissions to a minimum. This directly electrically driven rig assures high efficiency without the losses associated with hydraulic systems – due to the removal of the hydraulics. The electric motors, now permanent magnet synchronous motors, are directly installed on the carriage on the gearboxes, greatly increasing efficiency and reducing emissions. With the new electric drives, noise has been reduced by about 10 db. 

Energy Pipeline Project of the Year 

Texas International Pipeline Systems (TIPS) 24-inch Crude Oil Project, Texas City to Galveston – In January 2023 Hard Rock was commissioned by Troy Construction and TIPS to complete 11 miles of 24-inch steel pipe commissioned for crude oil. The project consisted of 16 drills totaling 8.4 miles on land sites and utilizing barges as drill site platforms. 

Of the 43,398 feet of completed drills, 8,174 fee was a land to bay intersect, 8,070 feet intersect and two 5,715 feet barge to barge drills. Hard Rock provided six maxi-rigs consisting of Vermeer and American Augers rigs. The crews utilized High Resolution Tensor Tool and Gyro based tooling provided by American Wireline and Brown Line to complete all pilots. 

The HDD work was scheduled for 180 days, but the HardRock team completed the project in 130 days. Combined with the unparalleled assistance from Troy Construction’s land and marine fleet, Campos EPC and TIPS Management, HardRock successfully completed all drills commissioned within scope, time, and budget.  

Through the immense environmental concerns of drilling in wetlands, marshes, environmental regulated areas, and Galveston Bay crossing oyster reefs and other marine life, Hard Rock utilized NSF Certified drilling fluids verified and approved by onsite inspection teams. 

Lowell Area Gas Modernization Project by National Grid – This project upgraded the existing Wilbur Lateral 610 psi transmission line which provides gas to Northern Massachusetts communities. The project scope included: Tewksbury 12-inch PIG Launcher installation; Lowell Wilbur St 12-inch PIG Receiver installation; replacement of existing fittings located in Chelmsford and Tewksbury, Mass., with long radius elbow and barred tee; 2,000 feet of 12-inch coated steel Lowell Connector installed via horizontal directional drilling located between Chelmsford and Lowell, Mass.; and Wilbur Lateral transmission Line, roughly two miles of 12-inch replacement. 

The project required multiple permits at federal, state, and local levels including consultation with and approvals from the Army Corps of Engineers, EPA, MA Energy Facilities Siting Board, MA Environmental Protection Act, MA Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation, and from three municipalities. The project was designed to minimize environmental impacts to the extent practical by identifying areas where trees can be conserved, proactively developing, and including a robust reforestation/restoration plan with built in habitat improvement measures, providing comprehensive environmental oversight during construction activities, and committing to a long-term monitoring program to ensure all impacts incurred are successfully mitigated. 

Community outreach began five years before construction start, with door-to-door communications, town hall presentations, and a project website with FAQ for commonly asked questions, central email address and hotline for any questions or concerns not fielded during in person community meetings and throughout construction activities. The project required 14 property rights and underwent negotiations over seven years to obtain permanent easements and temporary workspace.  

Anti-gas policies, the project’s temporary impacts to wetlands and proximity to residential neighborhoods created unique obstacles that the Project Team overcame.  

Rehabilitation Project of the Year

San Diego First Aqueduct Treated Water Tunnels Rehabilitation Project by MichelsThis complex pipeline rehabilitation project was completed in three planned shutdowns each within a stringent, 10-day window of which only 8.5 days were afforded to Michels for occupancy of the tunnels (204 consecutive hours) all while accounting for downstream reservoir capacity and maintaining minimum fire reserve pressure requirements. To rehabilitate three 72-inch tunnels built in 1947, the team used centrifugally applied geopolymer lining and FRP sliplining. After sealing and preparing the tunnels, more than 1 million pounds of geopolymer liner were installed in approximately 3,600 feet during three shutdown periods. The project team set new industry milestones for the longest and fastest large diameter (63-inch) FRP pipe slipline operation, installing 3,600 linear feet of pipe in just over two calendar days (55 hours). On average, each 20-foot section of FRP pipe was installed in approximately eight minutes.  

Middlesex Water Company D&R Canal Water Supply System Transmission Main Repairs Company by Middlesex Water CompanyIn the spring of 2023 Middlesex Water Company (MWC) located a leak on its 48-inch potable water transmission main and subsequently shutdown the section of water main due to possible imminent failure. The condition assessment results led MWC and its consultant CDM Smith Inc. to conduct a pipeline renewal alternatives analysis that considered replacement, steel slip lining and rehabilitation of the existing pipeline with carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). All of this took place with a pressing backdrop of MWC needing to return the line to service prior to peak summer demand. Open-cut replacement and steel slip lining were deemed impractical. CFRP lining was selected because it is a trenchless repair option which delivers a 50-year life cycle extension with minimal disruption to the community. The installation of CFRP required minimal excavation and took place using a discrete construction footprint. Structural Preservation Systems, LLC (STRUCTURAL) to install a V-Wrap CFRP system over 1,450 linear feet of the 48-inch pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP).  

Tucson Boulevard Diversion Structure by Pima County, Ariz. – The El Rio Vista Natural Resource Park was previously affected by a sewer structure that had been modified and consolidated over 50 years. This resulted in a 90-degree bend and six sewer connections ranging from 18 to 54 inches in diameter. The flows from these connecting sewers combined and diverged within the structure, causing turbulence, eddies and odor problems. The odor was so bad that it resulted in multiple complaints from residents nearby and even a news story. In addition to the odor, the hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S) caused significant corrosion of the concrete and motor-operated stop gates. This made the sewer structure unsafe to operate and maintain, as it required confined space entry into a noxious, potentially deadly mixture of gases. The project replaced the aging diversion structure and installed a new composite diversion structure with modifications to the surrounding sewer lines. The installation of nine new polymer manholes, a polymer diversion structure, and fiberglass pipe provided a safe, odor-free, and corrosion-resistant system that will significantly outlast its predecessor. The project also decreased the potential for sanitary sewer overflows, created a safer asset to maintain, and reduced odor concerns by constructing a more efficient sewer system. The project used a sewer bypass during construction that prevented any loss in sewage service for the community. The bypass handled up to 20.25 million gallons per day for a duration of 66 days, which gave crews the necessary time to remove and replace the existing diversion structure.  

Clark Plaza Subdivision Waterline Improvements by Fort Bend County Water Control & Improvement District No. 2Fort Bend County Water Control & Improvement District No. 2 (FBC WC&ID No. 2 provides drinking water to approximately 50,000 people over 7,260 acres of residential, commercial, and industrial customers within the Greater Houston Region. FBC WC&ID No. 2 initiated the planning and design phase in 2021 focused on improving their aging infrastructure. The area was suffering from low water accountability, frequent waterline breaks, and water quality concerns in certain areas with low water usage. The project scope consisted of replacing 3,700 linear feet of 12and 8-inch waterlines by pipe bursting construction methods within existing ROW and public easements. The design team’s primary objective was to replace the existing water system while limiting the impact to the community with minimal interruptions in their existing water service. The project was designed by means of trenchless construction methods for improved safety measures while reducing the overall impact to the community.  

Asset Management Project of the Year

Lowell Area Gas Modernization Project by National GridThis project upgraded the existing Wilbur Lateral 610psi transmission line which provides gas to Northern Massachusetts communities. The project required multiple permits at federal, state, and local levels including consultation with and approvals from the Army Corps of Engineers, EPA, MA Energy Facilities Siting Board, MA Environmental Protection Act, MA Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation, and municipalities. The project was designed to minimize environmental impacts to the extent practical by identifying areas where trees can be conserved, proactively developing, and including a robust reforestation/restoration plan with built in habitat improvement measures, providing comprehensive environmental oversight during construction activities, and committing to a long-term monitoring program to ensure all impacts incurred are successfully mitigated. Community outreach began five years before construction start, with door-to-door communications, town hall presentations, and a project website with FAQ for commonly asked questions, central email address and hotline for any questions or concerns not fielded during in person community meetings and throughout construction activities. The Project required 14 property rights and underwent negotiations over seven years to obtain permanent easements and temporary workspace. The Project Team adapted to required construction timeframes and restrictions in accordance with these agreements, including seasonal, equipment, and noise allowances. 

Linear System Integrity Program by Great Lakes Water Authority – The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) operates a network of over 800 miles of large diameter transmission mains, ranging in size from 24-inches to 120-inches in diameter, that deliver water pumped from their five water treatment facilities. GLWA is the purveyor of water to a population of 3.8 million, about 40 percent of the state of Michigan. GLWA maintains more than 400 miles of prestressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP), which can fail in a catastrophic manner, making assessment and renewal of these mains a high priority. The average age of the mains in their system is approximately 70 years, with some pipes installed over 100 years ago. As a responsible party for regional water, GLWA has identified crucial needs in asset management for the water linear assets. Implementing a plan to proactively manage their linear assets is critical to GLWA’s objective of minimizing service failures and improving the overall resiliency of their transmission system. This objective is being implemented through GLWA’s Linear System Integrity Program (LSIP), which manages the risk-based inspection, repair, rehabilitation, and replacement of GLWA’s at-risk linear assets. 

Sewer Project of the Year

City of Houston’s 78-inch Sanitary Sewer Sinkhole & Emergency Repair Project by Harper Brothers ConstructionThe project consisted of a large sinkhole that developed on a 78-inch interceptor sewer in the city of Houston’s east side just North of Downtown. This sinkhole threatened to collapse nearby commercial and residential properties, and potentially impact a major interstate. Harper Brother’s Construction (HBC) was selected to perform emergency engineering and construction of the failed 78-inch line. HBC’s general approach was to immediately mobilize to the site such that an intercept shaft and subsequently bypass of existing sewer flow could be established such that the offset alignment could be performed. The bypass of this existing flow was crucial in removing additional flow in the active line and preventing any further collapsing of ground in the vicinity of the failed sanitary sewer. HB Trenchless mobilized to the site and installed an intercept shaft upstream of the failed sewer system. This required over1000kw of temporary diesel generators to be mobilized to the site. Given the urgency of the repair, HBC and our partners on this project needed to come up with a temporary solution that could safely divert 54 million gallons per day (MGD) of flow off 78-inch the line to prevent the spread of the sinkhole and allow HBC crews a dry environment to design and implement a permanent repair for the pipe. 

Cottonwood Valley Golf Course Wastewater Improvements by the City of Irving, Texas – This project involved the study, design and construction of approximately 7,200 linear feet of existing 21-inch to 24-inch wastewater main in Irving. The main is ultimately to be upsized to 30-inch to accommodate build-out conditions based on the city’s Wastewater Master Plan. However, the location of the wastewater main primarily within a private golf course meant that any form of construction would be tricky. Additional site-specific coordination and constructability issues affected the potential replacement options as well. An alignment study determined that no good possibilities existed for realignment of the main outside of the golf course. A prior condition assessment had indicated that while there were various defects throughout. The decision was made to develop two separate designs, bid and construction phase packages to rehabilitate or replace the pipeline segments with significant defects, and to leave the remaining portions as-is, thereby extending the service life of the pipeline assets.  

96-Inch Storm Water Joint Remediation Using Injection Grout in Southeast Evansville, Ind., by Culy Contracting – On the Southeast side of Evansville, Ind., storm sewer mainlines were experiencing heavy infiltration and exfiltration of groundwater, silt, and sand at the pipe’s joints which has caused the roadway to settle at various locations throughout the city over the years. This project was Phase 3 of a successful multi-phase soil stabilization and groundwater control project with the city. The 84-inch and 96-inch RCP storm sewer mainline was determined to be in good structural condition, but the joints needed to be sealed and the loose soils and voids surrounding the pipe stabilized to eliminate the danger of future sinkholes in the area. In all phases, nearly 17,000 gallons of Avanti AV-275 was injected in Evansville followed by coating 1,300 joints using Madewell’s Mainstay ML-72 and Epoxytec’s Cladliner. 

Underground Infrastructure’s Benefactor Award 

Clete Martin, PE, Plummer Associates Inc. – Clete Martin is very passionate about engineering and especially about buried utilities. For almost 35 years, Clete has designed and managed projects of many sizes. He has also trained, mentored and guided many young engineers to discover their own passion for what they do. Clete’s career has included not only pipeline design, but also landfill design, bank stabilization, stormwater infrastructure and structures. He received an undergraduate degree from Purdue and moved to Dallas to continue his education. His desire to see others succeed is evident in his passion for what he does. Every young engineer who was mentored by Clete, was asked to get a good set of hiking boots. Clete loves to put his eyes on the pipeline route, to document field conditions and to hike. He not only is a “boots on the ground” kind of guy, but he is also a great story teller. Although he knows a lot of things related to engineering, Clete often asks great questions and allows others to learn from him. He is humble - his knowledge and experience does not puff him up and if he does not know something, he is willing to admit it. Clete mentored many young engineers. He did that by sharing his resources with them, by giving them his time and having patience with answering their questions and he demonstrated engineering concepts through his actions. His gift of caring for people comes across naturally and effectively.  

Donna Evanoff Renner, P.E., CP&Y – In the engineering community, Donna is a respected leader and trusted expert. She has over 40 years' experience, much of it in underground infrastructure. Donna has an exemplary record managing complex projects across the US. Her knowledge goes beyond projects to developing policy and implementing new technology, because she understands the important role they play in infrastructure sustainability. Donna is a strong contributor to her profession and community. She is uniquely gifted with her ability to understand people and get their best. She is a long-time mentor in both formal and informal capacities. Donna takes pride in providing great service to her clients. She listens to their needs and does her best to find the most effective solutions. She stays up to date on new technologies to help her clients, customers, and the environment. She also helps others learn, offering guidance and encouraging training. Donna has been affectionately called “The Sewer Queen” by her peers. “The title stuck through my work in collection systems. At the time, I was usually the only female at meetings and job sites.” Donna started her career in pipeline systems and treatment design. Donna was an environmental engineer, where she learned strategies to protect the environment. Environmental protection became a mission, and she used it in her later work – helping agencies throughout the US stop sanitary sewer overflows (SSO) by maintaining underground infrastructure. 

Water Project of the Year 

Houston’s 24-Inch Cast-Iron Water Transmission Main Sipp Epoxy Rehabilitation by Spray in Place SolutionsHouston Water embarked on a critical potable water infrastructure rehabilitation project, focusing on a deteriorating 24-inch cast iron water main. A local contractor was tasked with repair, initially intending to install seal patches. However, concerns over the pipe's deteriorated interior led Houston Water to explore advanced rehabilitation technology. They turned to Spray in Place Solutions (SIPS), a member of Warren Environmental's Approved Applicator Network. SIPS recommended a cutting-edge spray-in-place pipe (SIPP) epoxy rehabilitation method, which was both innovative and structurally enhancing. The project involved surface preparation and SIPP with Warren's 100 percent solids, NSF-certified epoxy. It showcased the potential for minimizing disruption, reducing costs, and ensuring long-term water infrastructure reliability, setting a precedent for future projects. 

72-Inch Water Line from Emancipation to Tuam by Houston Public Works – In response to a mandate issued by the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District (HGSD) to increase usage of surface water and decrease use of groundwater, the city of Houston created the Surface Water Transmission Program (SWTP). The SWTP Program goals are to increase surface water usage, decommission and/or minimize the use of groundwater pump stations, increase water system pressures, and address other large diameter water line issues. The SWTP 72-in Water Line from Emancipation to Tuam is the first segment in a series of four that will serve as a refill line to the Southwest Pump Station. One of the most notable challenges was the 874-foot long, 79-feet deep, 96-inch EPBM tunnel across US59, which is one of the deepest large diameter tunnels built in the greater Houston area. The project also included a Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation of an existing 60-inch water line, known as the North 60, which included manned entry visual inspection and an Electromagnetic Survey for the aging prestressed concrete cylinder pipe. Internal Carbon Fiber Repairs were performed in areas with multiple wire breaks. The total construction cost was $51,059,957. This was an extraordinary project that used innovative approaches to overcome challenges and accomplish multiple goals.  

Contract Package 2A: WSPL Section I, II, and III by Lithos Engineering, Super Excavators and ECI Contracting – The city of Waukesha, Wisc., obtains its water from a well drilled in 1927 that extends 1,835 feet into the St. Peter Sandstone Aquifer. To increase water sustainability and decrease treatment requirements for the water supply, the Greater Water Alliance planned a 36-mile pipeline project to supply water to the region from Lake Michigan and return treated wastewater back to the lake through the Root River, resulting in 100 percent of the water volume drawn from the lake to be returned. The Contract 2A project was one of several contracts to install the required infrastructure and involved approximately 8.5 miles of 30-inch water supply pipeline. Three horizontal directional drills (HDD) and eight tunnels were required to cross under various infrastructure and minimize impacts to third parties. Super Excavators was the general contractor and RJ Underground and ECI Contracting were the directional drilling subcontractors. Completion of the project was delayed due to identifying a 48-inch sanitary sewer in the field that was not known at the time of design. Having Lithos Engineering on the contractor’s team allowed the contractor to quickly adapt. The contractor was able to provide the owner with engineering justification on why the investigation and HDD geometry changes were necessary, streamlining the approval process and providing an opportunity for key stakeholder concerns to be listened to and addressed. The redesigned HDD was deeper and longer than the original, pushing the exit location further east within contaminated soil. The contractor and Lithos developed a unique strategy to connect the HDPE to RJ-DIP such that upon pullback completion, RJ-DIP would be in place in the contaminated soil area. This was a novel approach to HDD that facilitated major changes during construction without wasting procured material while minimizing change order costs. 

Environmental Awareness Award 

NASSCO CIPP Workgroup by NASSCO – Dedicated members of the NASSCO CIPP Safety Workgroup investigate the safety of emissions in the Cured-in-Place Pipe process with independent research from institutions of higher learning. NASSCO has invested in university research and studies to evaluate the air emissions and any potential risk to employees and the public from the release of styrene during the Cured in Place installation process. Since 2016, when concerns regarding styrene emissions used in the CIPP process first emerged, NASSCO and other industry organizations jumped into action to learn everything they could to keep our workers safe. Now, five years later, and after three phases of independent research, NASSCO has used those findings to continually and transparently update our industry on best practices in the safe use and handling of styrenated resins. This research has provided scientific insight into best practices to protect the environment as well as CIPP workers. Recommendations include updated CIPP styrene guidelines that include the best available technologies to monitor and protect the environment. 

Versiv Solutions Cross Compression by Versiv Solutions – Versiv Solutions was launched with the vision of reducing emissions in the natural gas industry, helping utility providers meet their environmental goals to be carbon neutral and more sustainable. The innovative process is revolutionizing the natural gas industry to recycle methane instead of releasing it to the atmosphere. The core emphasis of Versiv lies in furnishing cross compression services, presenting a viable alternative to conventional methods like venting, flaring, or blowdown during pipeline installation and repair processes. Leveraging the extensive Artera network, Versiv ensures swift response times while concurrently mitigating mobilization expenses. 

Rising Star

David Nylander, DiTech Industries David Nylander started from modest beginnings in the underground industry 14 years ago. His experience in the underground industry happened by chance in 2009 as a helper on a dig crew. He worked his way up and eventually moved on to form his own business with his brother in law in 2016. DiTech Industries began as a tertiary subcontracting telecom infrastructure provider with a single horizontal directional drill and a few plows. Complimenting his business partner’s efforts, David’s character and dedication to working the difficult jobs is what has carried DiTech through lean seasons. His impact on the local industry includes helping smaller industry companies/colleagues break into the market whether it’s advice, networking, or troubleshooting challenges, he continues to be a pillar in the local area as a trustworthy, industry savvy colleague. His goals include continuing to make headway through the gas sector with a focus on safety; ultimately being a leading provider for underground specialty bores like special crossings and solid rock. 

Chase Juhl, DE Corp. – Chase Juhl, a project and construction Manager at DEC, has 10 years of experience in large-diameter water and wastewater construction. He leads the construction phase of the West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA) Surface Water Supply Project (SWSP), which consists of 55 miles of 42-, 66-, 84-, and 96-inch water line. The project includes 10 miles of tunnels and two major pump station facilities. Chase is known for his clear and concise communication skills and creative solutions to problems that arise in construction. Chase received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, is a registered professional engineer, and is currently enrolled in the Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering Graduate Certificate program at the Colorado School of Mines to strengthen his industry knowledge. Chase’s extensive experience with trenchless technology brings a priceless asset to the SWSP. The project has a wide range of tunnel sizes, which require knowledge of just about all available trenchless construction methods. Chase has been on the forefront of introducing the various underground construction technologies needed for the SWSP program. Chase’s tunnel construction knowledge has helped mitigate risk on the project in both design and construction by bringing a mindset of practical constructability for the tunnels. Chase facilitated the Dispute Resolution Board (DRB) selection process, continues to handle the quarterly meetings involving the DRB, and has been involved in DRB hearings related to trenchless crossings.  

Samuel Hunt, CBET Restoration – Say hello to confidence, competence, and compassion – better known as Samuel (Sam) Hunt, vice president and co-founder of CBET Restoration. He is 34 years young with 15 years of experience performing underground restoration for infrastructure owners coast to coast in North America. Today he leads the way on how CBET can best serve clientele, and his story is compelling. He devoted the first 10 years of his career with Culy Contracting in Indiana, five of which he ran his own crews and learned the value of teamwork. Madewell Products recognized his talents and elevated his responsibilities to lead Technical Services across the entire channel of Certified Applicators. About a year ago, he became a founding principle at CBET Restoration and has since pioneered a number of proprietary processes to enhance productivity, advance quality and eliminate rehab failure. Today, CBET service offerings are closely tied to the wastewater & stormwater collection systems which means every CBET crew member grows in competence every day with manhole rehabilitation, wet well/pump station restoration and large diameter pipe rehab. Multiple CBET crews are well-equipped to maximize safety, efficiency and quality, yet the hallmark of CBET is its culture. The workforce takes pride in their work as Sam has instilled three over-arching principles: do what is best for the customer, always strive to be the best at what you do and welcome every challenge that comes your way. Growing up on a farm in rural Indiana, public speaking was a distant thought, in fact inconceivable, but the values that were instilled as a youngster certainly allowed him to rise to the occasion. To manage both projects and work crews, Sam had to learn how to teach, how to demonstrate, how to solve problems, and he did it not by telling, but by showing. Everyday Sam speaks from experience.  

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