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Lincolnshire, IL, both part of Switzerland-based Georg Fischer Ltd., welcomed more than 150 guests including many city and state officials, at the grand opening of their new Irvine facilities on Oct. 9.

Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the stakeholder-run organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the people who dig near them, recently announced findings from its comprehensive 2013 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will be holding its premier global auction in Orlando, FL, on Feb. 16-20, 2015.

Eric Justman has been promoted to general manager of Facilities Construction for Michels Pipeline Construction.

An new international shoring safety trade association – the North American Excavation Shoring Association (NAXSA) – was recently formed to help promote personal worker safety and the effective use of shoring practices for all workers in this field across the nation.

FMI Corporation, a leading provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry, has opened a new office in Houston, TX. This is FMI’s fifth office in the United States.

The digital edition of Underground Construction, December 2014, Vol. 69, No. 12.

Andy Braithwaite has accepted the position of ramming and bursting sales manager for HammerHead Trenchless Equipment in its new eastern Canada regional office.

The InfraMarker System from Berntsen is a state of the art integration of RFID technology, magnetic locating technology, cloud data storage and mobile software to locate and manage underground utility infrastructure.

Breakthrough by a micro-tunnelling machine from Herrenknecht in a pipe-jacking project near Hamburg has closed a decisive gap in the construction of two new gas pipelines. The 1.5 kilometer route runs up to 35 meters under the Elbe through various, partially complex geological zones. This demanding technical challenge was competently mastered by the long-term Herrenknecht contractor A.Hak Drillcon on December 4, 2014 after a total of 112 days of tunnelling and in time for the feast day of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of tunnel builders and miners.