Technology

Underground utility data management company Reveal launches new ground penetrating radar data analysis software

Underdots creates an intuitive, accessible point-cloud visualization from multi-channel GPR data in a matter of hours. Clustered dots plotted in 3D space show the intensity and depth of radar reflections, which can reveal the presence or absence of underground utilities in large areas,

Rehab spotlight: Lining systems

Discover leading solutions in sewer lining systems, including the Flow-120 Starter Package for compact spaces, the Bluelight LED CIPP system for faster curing, and MaxLiner's versatile CIPP technology. Explore the benefits of Reline America's thinner UV GRP liner and United Felts' top-tier CIPP liners and wet-out services.

Harnessing advanced technologies for underground engineering success

Underground construction endeavors are intricate, demanding meticulous planning, execution and risk management. With billions of dollars invested and millions impacted annually, the stakes are monumental.

Editor’s Log: And the smiles never stopped

In late March, UI wrapped another successful Underground Infrastructure Conference. Per usual, a wealth of information and market intelligence was gathered from remarkable speakers and experts in a variety of fields including sewer installation and rehabilitation, fiber optics, power, horizontal directional drilling, and safety.

Rhode Island, 120Water partner to support state-wide digital lead service line database

By procuring 120Water’s Public Water System (PWS) Portal and State Dashboard software, all eligible Rhode Island water utilities will now have access to tools designed to digitally collect, store, manage, and report on lead service line inventory data in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) and federal and state reporting requirements.

California's DWR completes groundbreaking mapping program

California's Department of Water Resources (DWR) has concluded its groundwater mapping initiative, offering crucial insights into the state's underground water reservoirs.

Woolpert implements Rapid Ready asset management system for California utility provider

Rapid Ready will provide standardized maintenance and tracking for WCW’s lifecycle management assets, including manholes and sewer pipes, as well as service requests, maintenance activities, and costs in an organized fashion that supports reporting and process improvements.

Kelowna, BC, invests $7 million in CIPP technology for sewer pipe repair

The city of Kelowna, located in the south of Canada’s British Columbia province, is set to embark on a $7-million project next week to repair 1.6 miles of sanitary sewer pipe using cutting-edge trenchless technology known as Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP).

Massachusetts awards grants for innovative stormwater management programs

The Healey-Driscoll Administration has allocated over $360,000 to support local cities and towns in meeting stormwater management requirements.

SA Water tests successful trenchless pipeline repair technique

SA Water undertook a trial of trenchless technology, a first in the metropolitan sewer network, to address issues with a sewer pipe running beneath the popular trade hub.

Radiodetection, Trimble collaborate to improve underground utility mapping accuracy

Data collected with the Radiodetection’s RD Map+ app and precision locators automatically sync with high-accuracy location measurements collected by the Trimble Catalyst DA2 GNSS system. By streamlining this connection, field workers can accurately digitize underground utility-line locations and reduce reporting errors.

Rehab News

Ellison Mills Contracting, a leading Southern Arizona’s heavy civil construction firm, has joined the ranks of certified Reline America installers; Vortex Technology Group LLC received WRc-Approved certification for its VeriCure Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) monitoring system.

SONATRACH and Huawei launch smart fiber sensing solution for oil and gas pipelines

Utilizing Huawei's optical fiber sensing solution and live-network service management process, the smart pipeline inspection system detects external disturbances around pipelines by capturing vibration data through accompanying optical fibers.

ALM fiber-monitoring solution detects faults in Kentucky fiber broadband network

The system acts like a radar that continuously scans fiber optic cables to pinpoint the location of issues such as attenuation, water damage and breaks.

Vanair introduces three multi-vehicle adapter kits for construction equipment

Each kit comes complete with all the necessary components and easy instructions to quickly and flawlessly modify any Start•All Jump•Pack, enabling it to serve construction and mining equipment and everything from 6-liter gas and 4-liter diesel engines to 16-liter diesels and vocational vehicles of all kinds.

Sentient Energy unveils new underground line sensor to improve grid visibility

Sentient Energy unveiled two new devices: the UM3+ Compact, a smaller form factor submersible underground line sensor to improve grid visibility in manholes and below-grade vaults, and the VC10, a dynamic Volt-Amps Reactive (VAR) compensator designed to help utilities improve distributed energy resource (DER) hosting on their distribution systems.

Exodigo, PNNL partner to advance underground power line technology

Exodigo will work with participating utilities to support GOPHURRS' mission to strengthen and modernize America's aging power grid through the development of cost-effective, high-speed, and safe undergrounding technologies.

Vortex Technology Group receives international certification for CIPP curing monitoring system

VeriCure CMS is a patented system, built around fiber optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) technology, and is designed to improve the CIPP curing process.

Vortex Companies redefines trenchless technology solutions with rebranded CIPP supplier launch

UNITED FELTS will embody the Applied Felts Inc. & FerraTex Solutions brands. These brands will be retired over the coming months. The MaxLiner brand will remain intact under the operation of United Felts.

Great Lakes consortium receives $15 million to develop advanced wastewater cleanup technology

The National Science Foundation has given a consortium of Great Lakes-area universities and tech companies $15 million to develop ways to extract harmful substances from wastewater.

Google and New Mexico partner to detect water leaks using satellite imagery

New Mexico is teaming up with Google to hunt for leaky water pipes using satellite imagery as the drought-stricken state prepares for a future in which growing demand puts more pressure on already dwindling drinking water supplies.

Nortech Systems boosts fiber optic capabilities with Expanded Beam Xtreme technology

Nortech Systems Inc. has announced the expansion of its innovative fiber optic technologies with the addition of Expanded Beam Xtreme (EBX).

Aries Industries advances mainline inspection technology with new Mobile Voyager HD system

Aries Industries has added flexibility and efficiency to its Voyager Mainline inspection system with the introduction of a completely mobile version of the advanced product.

DOE awards $34 million for advancing underground power line technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $34 million for 12 projects across 11 states to strengthen and modernize America’s aging power grid through the development of cost-effective, high-speed, and safe undergrounding technologies.

Prostar successfully integrates mobile underground utility mapping software with Rycom Instruments

As a result of this integration, Rycom Instrument’s Pathfinder devices can now capture, record, and share the precise location of buried utilities and pipelines anywhere in the world with PointMan.

Rausch Electronics unveils cutting-edge rehab cutter system for underground infrastructure

The Rausch Rehab Cutter system promotes advancement in the field of underground infrastructure rehabilitation efficient solutions for municipalities, contractors, and utility service providers.

PM completes large-diameter spray pipe rehab

(UI) — When PM Construction began a project in mid-March 2023 to rehabilitate two sewer pipes beneath the service road at Beltway 8 and Memorial, in Houston, the company had a November deadline. Working 24 hours a day, every day of the week, the project wrapped up in July – more than three months ahead of schedule.

Puerto Rico awarded $37 million for trunk sewer repair with CIPP technology

FEMA allocated over $37 million to repair a trunk sewer that originates in Isabela, passes through Aguadilla, Moca and Aguada, and reaches Rincón. This project will be carried out with Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) technology, which consists of covering the inside of the pipe with a polyester or fiberglass lining.

United Rentals unveils Estimated Emissions digital dashboard for construction industry

The Estimated Emissions dashboard helps customers understand their equipment emissions and make data-based decisions to enact changes that will yield the most significant results.

EBMUD pilot project to generate hydroelectricity from water pressure in water pipelines

The new in-conduit hydroelectric system works like traditional pressure regulating valves in EBMUD’s water distribution system but uses a turbine to reduce water pressure in the distribution pipeline while generating electricity, creating a reliable, clean source of power.