December 2009 Vol. 64 No. 12



An End And Beginning For NASSCO Leadership

As executive director of the industry's leading trade association, I've been honored to learn and grow in this important role during the past eight years. Our industry is still considered young and watching it grow has been exciting. As I look back, I think about all that has changed since I was a young sewer rat, literally getting down and dirty to learn on the job.

EPA Stimulus Sewer/Water Infrastructure Funds Flow Slowly

Members of Congress are raising concerns about the prospective failure of cities and counties to spend appropriated stimulus funds for wastewater and drinking water projects, a concern top Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials say is justified.

High Performance Fabric In Old Piping: Quick, Durable Restoration Of Operational Safety

During the World Gas Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in June 1997, representatives of U.S. gas utilities asked members of Karl Weiss Technologies, Berlin, Germany, whether they could develop a special fabric hose rehabilitation system for gas services featuring 90 decree elbows.

Hobas Pipe Celebrates 25 Years In North America

Hobas Pipe USA is celebrating 25 years of providing corrosion resistant Hobas pipe made of centrifugally cast fiberglass reinforced polymer mortar (CCFRPM) for sewer and water system pipeline infrastructures in North America .

RehabZone Goes ‘Live’

For the first time in its nine-year history, demonstrations will be part of the RehabZone at the 2010 UCT Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition, better known simply as UCT.

Sharewell: 25 Years Of HDD Service

Sharewell LP, a leading supplier to the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry, quietly recognized its 25th year in business doing what it has always done: helping its clients complete successful directional drilling installations.

UCT Launches Damage Prevention & Safety Conference

New to UCT iin 2010, the Damage Prevention & Safety Conference (DPSC) is a two-day program focusing on preventing damage to underground utility infrastructure and reducing safety risks related to accidental strikes of buried pipe and cable.

New Products

American Highway Products Manhole Adjusting Rings

Manhole Adjusting Rings are installed under the utility casting on new construction or rehab of existing utilities.

Belden MaxiBend Fiber Optic Cable

The MaxiBend Tactical Fiber Optic Cable series features an ultra-rugged construction, flexibility and bend resilience, in all kinds of outdoor temperatures and weather conditions.

Caterpillar Safety Training

Caterpillar equipment users can access low-cost environmental health and safety training online.

Containment Solutions Manhole

Containment Solutions’ non-corroding fiberglass rehabilitation manhole is designed to fit within an existing concrete, brick or pre-cast manhole -- installation has never been easier or faster.

Dexter + Chaney Spectrum Equipment Service System

The Spectrum Equipment Service System electronically collects asset-management data for a construction company’s heavy equipment.

HydraTech Engineered Products FRP

HydraWrap is an FRP (Fiber Reinforced Polymer) repair system engineered to restore or enhance the structural integrity of pipe and infrastructure.

McElroy PowerAssist

A new attachment called the PowerAssist can make the McElroy PolyHorse even more efficient on a 3- to 20-inch jobsite.

NPK Breaker Bucket Model BB511

The Breaker Bucket Model BB511 has been designed for the municipal and utilities market.

RIDGID Press Snap soil pipe cutter

The RIDGID Press Snap soil pipe cutter provides a fast and easy way to cut cast iron soil pipe.

Rogers Brothers Corp. Trailers

Rogers’ detachable and fixed gooseneck low-bed trailers meet the needs of specialized carriers.

TT Technologies Grundowinch

TT Technologies has introduced a 3-ton winch to its line of Grundowinch hydrostatic constant-tension winches.

TT Technologies Mini-Grundotugger

TT Technologies has introduced a trenchless method for replacing plastic, copper and steel services — the Mini-Grundotugger.

U.S. SAWS Bevellers

U.S. SAWS offers Bevellers that are uniquely designed to fit on a variety of “Quickie” saws and 5/8 to11 threaded right angle grinders.


The WEBAC P2020 is a single component, high-pressure, polyurethane injection pump.

Web Exclusive

$10.4 Million Los Coyotes Reclamation Project Awarded

The County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, California, has awarded a contract to SAK Construction of CA LP for the Los Coyotes Water Reclamation Plant Interceptor Sewer Rehabilitation Phase II project.

Case Announces Sweepstakes Winners Online, Offers Recession-Friendly Promotion

Case Construction Equipment is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its skid steer loader by announcing the winners of three new Case 430 skid steers and other prizes in a live webcast 1 p.m. Central on December 14.

Ritchie Bros. Benefit and Public Auctions Scheduled for February

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers will conduct its annual six-day unreserved public auction at its Orlando, Fla., permanent auction site from February 15 - 20, 2010. A week prior, Ritchie Bros. also will be conducting a live benefit auction on Feb. 8 at The Rental Show with all proceeds from the sale benefiting the ARA Foundation.

Equipment Spotlight

Cable Laying Equipment: AD Technologies TM 300

The Tension Master TM 300 Series Pulling System is designed for cable installations that require precise control of cable pulling tensions and hauling speeds.

Cable Laying Equipment: Astec Underground RT560

The Astec RT560 trencher comes standard with a six-way blade, outboard planetary axles, a heavy duty flywheel trencher, and four-wheel drive and steering.

Cable Laying Equipment: Condux duct rod

Condux offers three types of made-to-order duct rod for light to heavy-duty applications.

Cable Laying Equipment: Ditch Witch 420sx

The Ditch Witch 420sx vibratory plow offers walk-along and riding capability at 40 hp. A key feature is its dual-speed attachment drive.

Cable Laying Equipment: Kiefer Industrial

Kiefer Industrial manufactures trailers to transport cable reels, coil pipe, stick pipe and utility poles.

Cable Laying Equipment: Roose Mfg. RR-160

The RR-160 single reels cable carrier from Roose Manufacturing has a payload weight of 6,000 pounds.

Cable Laying Equipment: Vermeer CL80

The installation of wind-energy farms has grown dramatically the past five years and so has the equipment to install these lines.

Rehab Focus: Bypass Pumps and Pumping

Bypass pumps from Gorman-Rupp, Thompson Pump, Godwin Pumps, Rain for Rent, Global Pumps and Griffin Dewatering.

Rubber Tire Trenchers: Astec Underground RT1200

The Astec RT1200 offers optional attachments like a trencher, vibratory plow, backfill blade, backhoe and rock saw.

Rubber Tire Trenchers: Ditch Witch RT80

The RT80 is a utility-based, fully hydrostatic trencher with a compact footprint and an 83 gross hp turbocharged diesel engine.

Rubber Tire Trenchers: Mid America Trenchers Buckeye 9200 Magnum

The Buckeye 9200 Magnum is tough enough to handle trenching chores from Fort St John, British Columbia to Texas and Oklahoma.

Rubber Tire Trenchers: Vermeer RTX550

The new Vermeer RTX550 is the only 65-hp utility tractor available with an innovative rubber quad-track system.

Washington Watch

FERC Strategic Plan Stiffs Natural Gas

Anyone looking for an acknowledgement in the new FERC strategic plan that the commission is focused on expanding pipeline infrastructure need not waste his time reading the 50-page document FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff issued in mid-October.

Natural Gas Price & Supply Concerns Bedevil Climate Change Bill

A Senate climate change bill passed in early November by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will probably be pushed aside by a version more acceptable to Republicans and moderate Democrats.


4th WaterWorks Conference Offers New Ideas, Strategies

UCT offers a unique educational program specifically for those in the water works industry. The 4th Annual WaterWorks Conference offers a variety of new ideas and strategies throughout the one-day conference, which will be held on Jan. 19.


December Rehab News: Inland acquires tech group, Grout Boot Camp Jan. 26 and more

<a href="">Nu Flow enters exclusive distribution partnership with Flow-Liner</a> <a href="">Edina, MN, solves age-old manhole problem</a> <a href="">Aqualiner’s New Pipe Lining Product Receives NSF 61 Certification</a>

Tarlton Diverts 96-inch Pipe in St. Louis Wastewater Project

A team from Tarlton Corp. installed a temporary diversion around a portion of a 96-inch influent pipe--believed to be only the second 96-inch diversion yet completed in the United States.


December 2009 Ad Index

Advertisers in the print edition of Underground Construction, Vol. 64 No. 12.

Editor's Log

Editor's Log: Christmas Wishes

This December brings one of the most disconcerting periods we’ve ever faced as an industry. There are so many factors impacting the underground infrastructure market that it is hard to grasp all the implications, let alone find solid direction for which to set course in 2010.


December Newsline: Climate change costs, U.S. export performance and more

<a href="">Report estimates climate change adaptation costs, impacts to utilities</a> <a href="">Birmingham mayor found guilty</a>

Industry Veteran Trent Ralston Passes

Trent H. Ralston, 71, passed away on Nov. 9, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH. Ralston was founder and president of TRB Specialty Rehabilitation Inc. in Gambrills, MD, and held patents relating to a robotic sealing device.

MasTec to Acquire Precision Pipeline LLC

MasTec has signed a $150 million deal to buy Precision Pipeline LLC, a Wisconsin company that provides infrastructure for natural gas and petroleum pipelines.

UCTA Hosts Regional WaterWorks Conference

The Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) and UCT teamed up to host a regional WaterWorks Conference at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, on Oct. 26-27.