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Joe Moser

Submersible dewatering pumps have one clear goal – to move water, whether it’s to another location for reuse or to simply remove water from a low-lying area. For the most part they require minimal maintenance.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In 2016, NASSCO will celebrate its 40th year of setting standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As we look forward, we also look back to those who have made significant contributions and have impacted the continued acceptance and use of trenchless technologies. This is the eighth installment in a series of articles exploring the history of NASSCO through the eyes of industry leaders.

In 2016 NASSCO will celebrate its 40th year of setting standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As we look forward, we also look back to those who have made significant contributions and impacted the continued acceptance and growth of trenchless technologies. This month we have the honor of highlighting Bill Shook, president and founder of APM PERMAFORM, and his contributions to our industry.

Bill served on the NASSCO Board for many years, including serving as NASSCO’s President in 2006. In 2011 Bill was awarded the NASSCO Select Society of Sanitary Sewer Sleuths Award which is a high honor as each member is chosen by peers in the industry. We are grateful for Bill’s generous past and ongoing contributions to help NASSCO set standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure and to ensure the continued acceptance and growth of trenchless technologies.

Allen Powell President/CEO, S&N Communications

The employee who points out when safety protocols aren’t being followed; the administrative assistant whose new software implementation program saved his company thousands; the intern who eagerly presents their idea to management on how to do a sacred cow task – better.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

Defining normalcy in the world of horizontal directional drilling has always been virtually impossible.

Trenchless technology and open-cut construction can be fulfilled by increasing the demand for underground construction.

Iowa utility contractor Precision Underground Utilities is described by owner Jamie Nobiling as a small, family-run business with high expectations.

In November 2014, Trenchless Construction Services L.L.C. successfully completed the challenging Mosquito Pass Cable Conduit Installation Project for the Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPELCO).

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The new Ditch Witch HDD Advisor is an intuitive, web-based tool to help select the best downhole tool options to match the drill unit being used plus job site soil conditions – key elements in successfully completing any horizontal directional drilling (HDD) installation.

Jeff Griffin , Senior Editor

After hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms and other natural disasters that disrupt vital infrastructure services by downing overhead power and communications lines, there invariably is the question: “Why don’t they put those wires underground?”

There are two obvious answers:

• Immediately after such disasters the priority is restoring services, not planning and executing projects to convert aerial to underground; and
• It costs too much – funds simply are not available for costly overhead-to-underground conversions.

The Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston, hosted a one-day conference and exhibition on at the University of Houston on March 6. More than 350 people comprised of owners, consulting engineers, material supplies, contractors and academia participated in the annual conference.

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