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An Apparent Absence Of Common Sense

It’s not unusual for California to be on the fringe of common sense. Some of the state’s action – or inactions – have left the rest of the country scratching their collective heads. But increasingly, the city of Berkeley, Calif., has led the state in zaniness.

Newsline

EPA Finalizes Affordable Clean Energy Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, replacing the prior administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) with a new rule that empowers states to reduce emissions, while providing affordable and reliable energy for all Americans.

New Publication Promotes SUE Understanding, Up-to-Date Practices

Subsurface utility engineering (SUE) is ideally knowing as much as possible about a subsurface project prior to starting the design process. SUE incorporates existing and emerging technology to identify, characterize, and map underground utility facilities.

WasteWise Winners Divert Waste from Landfills

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 10 winners of its 2018 WasteWise program, which encourages organizations and businesses to achieve sustainability in their practices and reduce select industrial wastes. For 2018, winners collectively prevented more than 356,000 tons of waste from entering landfills and saved their organizations more than $19.6 million in avoided landfill fees.

Vermeer Commemorates Year-One Tornado Recovery Efforts, Growth Plans

On July 16, Vermeer Corporation held groundbreaking for a monument commemorating the buildings destroyed by a tornado last July, while celebrating the strength of the Vermeer team, along with the growth and progress currently underway on the company’s expansive campus, commonly called the Vermeer Mile.

CTAM Workshop Returns to Atlanta

The Buried Asset Management Institute-International (BAMI-I) has teamed up with the city of Atlanta, Department of Watershed Management (DWM) to hold the fourth classroom format of the Certificate of Training in Asset Management (CTAM 100-400) course on Sept. 9-12.

Washington Watch

EPA Expected to Limit State Authority over Pipeline Approval Process

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was scheduled to release a proposed rule in August limiting the ability of states to delay or even prevent the building of pipelines, by delaying approval of water quality certifications required under the Clean Water Act.

Democrats’ Pipeline Safety Bill Elicits Industry Opposition

House Democrats debuted the first, comprehensive pipeline safety reform bill introduced this session of Congress, containing several provisions opposed by both the intrastate and interstate gas transportation industries.

Features

Gold Shovel Reorganizes to Better Serve Industry

The Gold Shovel Standard program was established in 2016 to assist in efforts to protect the country’s buried utility infrastructure from accidental damage that can cut off vital services, is costly and poses serious safety risks to construction workers and the general public.

HDD Reunion To Unite Past, Present and Future

When horizontal directional drilling began to spread like wildfire in the late 1980s and 1990s, it was obvious that this disruptive technology was forever changing the face of utility and pipeline construction.

CURRENTLY @CUIRE (Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education)

CUIRE Laboratory Receives a 330-kip Actuator

In February, CUIRE purchased a 330-kip actuator from MTS Company for its soil box testing of underground pipes. This actuator will be used for the NCHRP SAPL Project to develop structural design methodology for Spray Applied Pipe Liners (SAPLs) in gravity stormwater conveyance conduits through actual size soil box testing.

Najafi to Receive TTC’s Distinguished Alumni Award

In its 30th year of operation, the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University has decided to award the first Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Mo Najafi, director of CUIRE.

Trenchless Book Goes Into 2nd Edition

The most comprehensive and popular trenchless technology book available today, published in 2005 by McGraw-Hill, goes into its second edition in late 2020.

No Dig India Show 2019

No Dig India Show (NDIS) 2019 will discuss core issues where trenchless technology can provide sustainable solutions for underground space, a most vital asset for any smart city and smart society. NDIS 2019 will be held Dec. 11–13 at Aerocity, New Delhi, India.

CUIRE Holds Annual Conferences

CUIRE Schools at UCT CUIRE held its 17th annual trenchless technology inspector training and certification schools on Jan. 28–29, at the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention Center in conjunction with the Underground Construction Technology (UCT) conference. This year’s program included two sessions focu..

NASTT Student Chapter Members Visit Dallas Tunneling Site

In May, 42 construction engineering and management students, and members of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology Student Chapter at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) visited the construction site for the Mill Creek Tunnel in Dallas.

The 14th Annual Trenchless Technology Class is Offered

This summer, the 14th annual trenchless technology and pipeline construction course was offered at the University of Texas at Arlington.

CUIRE Board

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Rehab Technology

Interplastic Corporation Partners with Univar Solutions

Interplastic Corporation, a subsidiary of St. Paul, Minn., IP Corporation, a specialty chemical company, named Univar Solutions as a new distribution partner in Eastern Canada.

Heather Myers Named Program Manager at NASSCO

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) named Heather Myers to the newly created position of program manager.

Flyability Launches New Generation of Confined-Space Inspection UAVs

Flyability, a Swiss company that has pioneered indoor inspection and exploration drones, launched a new generation of confined-space, inspection units: Elios 2.

ClockSpring|NRI Adds Milliken Infrastructure Solutions to its Portfolio

ClockSpring|NRI, a Houston-based manufacturer of critical infrastructure, construction and repair products, and provider of associated engineering support and training services, acquired Milliken Infrastructure Solutions LLC, formerly a subsidiary of Spartanburg, S.C.-based Milliken & Company.

NASSCO Standard Bearers: Steve Gearhart

This month’s profile is of Steve Gearhart, currently chairman of CIPP Corp. He continues to contribute his knowledge and experience to NASSCO, WEF and other industry organizations.

Business News

Brandt Named Exclusive American Augers Dealer for Canada

American Augers has named the Brandt Group of Companies as the exclusive dealer for American Augers and Trencor products across Canada.

Buddy Barnes Named President of SAME

Lt. Col. Wendell L. “Buddy” Barnes, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), was elected as the 100th National President of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

Vacuworx Promotions, New Hires Align with Strategic Goals

Vacuworx announced promotions and new hires as it expands the marketing and strategy teams in support of global growth.

New Products

Efficiency Production Unveils Octagon-Configured Build-A-Box Trench Shield

Efficiency Production unveiled the newest innovation in its industry-leading Build-A-Box Modular Aluminum Trench Shielding System.

John Deere 850L Dozer Pushes Productivity to the Next Level

John Deere’s new 850L dozer is designed to meet the demanding needs of today’s earth movers.