May 2024 Vol. 79 No. 5


Editor's Log

Editor’s log: Waiting on the storms

By the end of 2024, somewhere between $80 and $100 billion will have been dished out to cities, power utilities, fiber companies and miscellaneous entities to solve a fraction of America’s underground infrastructure needs.


Trenchers: Unsung hero of utility installation

Trenching, with its versatility and adaptability, remains a vital method for utility installation across various terrains and conditions. The wide array of trenching machines and attachments available today allows for efficient and effective utility installations, from small residential projects to large-scale industrial applications.

CIPP rehabilitation of pressurized pipelines

It is well known that CIPP has been around for over 50 years, primarily being used to rehabilitate gravity sewer pipelines. In the 1980s CIPP was introduced for low pressure sewer applications, and late in the 1990s began to emerge for water main and higher-pressure force main rehabilitations.

Trencher maintenance tips to increase efficiency on utility jobs

With proper routine maintenance, a smooth-running, peak-performance trencher can help you efficiently trench through tough ground conditions and increase productivity by promoting valuable uptime. Here are three key tips to achieve that.

Fusion in paradise

Just south of Miami, in the tropical paradise of the Florida Keys, a McElroy TracStar 412 spent most of winter 2023 onsite, fusing high-density polyethylene (HDPE) for a massive residential water line to service one of the area’s gated resorts.

Equappment: App built for better HDD, utility construction production

For three generations, Melfred Borzall’s focus has been on enabling better and smarter ways of installing underground utilities.

CIGMAT holds 29th annual conference

More than 300 participants and 14 invited speakers attended the the University of Houston’s Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,'s 29th annual conference and exhibition, representing owners, consulting engineers, material suppliers, contractors and academia.

Rehab technology

Tips for proper gas monitoring during manhole rehab

When it comes to manhole rehabilitaion, proper atmospheric testing and monitoring are essential to mitigate the risks to workers posed by toxic gases and hazardous atmospheres. Following these five best practices can help avert a needless tragedy.



Federal court denies bid to halt $10 billion transmission line; Chinese hackers infiltrating U.S. infrastructure for a decade; 80% of New Jersey residents support natural gas pipelines; Charleston Water System settles lawsuit over non-flushable wipes; and more in UI's May issue of Newsline!


Business News

Discover the latest innovations and industry collaborations in underground construction. Avanti and US Grout formalize their partnership, PipeSense opens new testing facilities, Martin Equipment expands its territory, and PPI releases a groundbreaking report on seismic-resistant HDPE water mains. Stay informed with UI's May issue of Business News!

Business People

Meet the latest business leaders making waves in their industries. Tsurumi Pump appoints John Hartz as sales engineer, Woolpert welcomes Kristi Norman as market director, Yanmar honors three service professionals with the Yanmar Service Awards, and SGH adds Payman K. Tehrani and Ikpoto Udoh, Ph.D., to its senior leadership team. Stay informed with the latest updates in the business world!

New Products

New products

Discover the newest products from Volvo CE, Premier Truck Rental, Subsite and more in Underground Infrastructure Magazine's latest issue.