October 2009 Vol. 64 No. 10


Equipment Spotlight

Equipment Spotlight: Compact Track Loaders

Offerings from Bobcat, Vermeer, Case CE, Caterpillar, New Holland, John Deere, Ditch Witch and Komatsu.

Medium and Large Excavators: Case CE

Case has upgraded its largest excavator – the CX800B – to its B Series line of excavators.

Piercing Tools: Allied Construction Products

Allied Hole-Hogs open clean, compacted, self-contained tunnels for pipe, cable, conduit or wiring at the lowest cost per foot.

Piercing Tools: Ditch Witch

The model PT30 piercing tool has 70 pounds of impact force per blow at 480 blows per minute.

Piercing Tools: Footage Tools

All Big Shots (pneumatic piercing tools) are CNC machined to exact dimensional tolerances from a solid billet of nickel chromoly steel .

Piercing Tools: HammerHead Mole

Active Head Mole piercing tools boasts a reciprocating head design that features a double-strike system that utilizes the initial impact force.

Piercing Tools: TT Technologies

The environmentally friendly Grundomat uses less air than other pneumatic piercing tools to provide a powerful, accurate bore.

Washington Watch

EPA Widens Buy American Exemption For ARRA Water Projects

Concerned about getting bogged down by “Buy American” waiver requests associated with sewer and drinking water projects funded with stimulus money, the EPA has published a new national waiver policy concerning “incidental components.”

FERC Considers Changes To Posting Requirements

Even though the natural gas posting requirements FERC established in Order 720 last November haven’t even gone into effect for major non interstate pipelines, the agency is already considering revising them.


A Flexible Upgrade

The most commonly cited benefits of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-enabled machine control are grading and excavation productivity.

Fisheye Cameras Another Giant Leap For Pipeline Inspection

Advances in inspection technologies have played a significant role in the ability to effectively rehabilitate underground sewer infrastructure.

Large Steel Water Main Project Pushes Static Bursting Envelope

Static pipebursting continues to flex its trenchless muscles in projects around the United States.

NASSCO’s Inspector Training Program Gaining Momentum

In a relatively short period of time, NASSCO's Inspector Training and Certification Program (ITCP) is establishing new industry standards for inspecting cured in place pipe (CIPP) installations.

Pipebursting AC Pipe Problematic, Says EPA

There was a time when the word "asbestos" was not primarily associated with serious health hazards.

Restrained Joint PVC Allows Obstacles To Be Overcome In Sewer Extension Project

As domestic oil production increases throughout the United States, so have the populations of western oil towns, such as Hobbs, NM, as hundreds of new people flock in to find work on the oil rigs.

Slide Rail System Speeds UV Waterline Construction

One of the world's largest ultraviolet (UV) water treatment facilities is under construction in Westchester County, NY.

New Products

DEVTRA Inc. “CHECKER” Inspection Check-List

DEVTRA Inc. is making available an attached updated list of the “CHECKER” Inspection Check-List books for over 200 vehicles, equipment and machines.

Envista Corp. 2009 Release 1

The Envista 2009 Release 1 debuts Envista “Shovel Ready” infrastructure project coordination and tracking to support the renewal efforts of municipalities, counties, highway agencies and utilities.

General Machine Products Corner Cable Blocks

GMP’s Corner Cable Blocks are constructed with true 45 and 90 degree radiuses that ensure damage-free travel of utility cables and innerducts around tight corners or bends.

Industrial Magnetics Septic Lid Lift Accessory

The Septic Lid Lift Accessory (MCLLEG) is an adaptor to Industrial Magnetics’ Manhole Cover Lift Dolly.

McElroy DynaMc Auto 250 and 412

The new DynaMc Auto 250 and 412 fusion machines are capable of fusing HDPE pipe sizes from 63mm to 340mm.

Rain for Rent DV300c Power Prime Pump

With a high flow rate of up to 10,000 gpm, the 12-inch DV300c Power Prime Pump produces total dynamic head up to 170 feet and handles 3-inch solids with a semi-enclosed impeller.

TT Technologies introduces trenchless line replacement Mini-Grundotugger

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

Underground Construction's 2009 Capabilities Guide

Download the October 2009 Capabilities Guide, featuring Astec Underground, Avanti, Cretex Specialty Products, Hobas Pipe, IPEX, ISCO Industries, John Deere, Mears McElroy Manufacturing, Melfred Borzall, Mersino, Miller Pipeline Corp, Sauereisen, Superior Drillpipe, TT Technologies, Time Machine, Underground Solutions, Vacmasters, Vacuworx and Vermeer.

Editor's Log

Just Say ‘No’ To Utility Poles

It’s no surprise that utilities in new subdivisions typically are placed underground. But what’s really encouraging is that a growing number of cities and states are suggesting or, in some cases, actually stipulating that older lines should be moved underground when feasible.


Common Ground Alliance Reports Underground Utility Damages Declining

According to the CGA, the estimated total number of underground utility damages occurring in the U.S. in 2008 has decreased to 200,000 from the 2004 estimate of 450,000.

Free Carbon Calculator Helps Construction Industry Cut Emissions, Replace Aging Infrastructure

British Columbia-based PW Trenchless Construction Inc. is sponsoring the upgrade of a carbon calculator tool.

GCTA Scholarships Awarded

The Gulf Coast Trenchless Association (GCTA) recognized the recipients of its college scholarships Aug. 12 at its monthly meeting. The association awarded $12,000 in scholarships to 12 students.

October Newsline: New England Gets Storm Sewer Complaints; Texas Maps Broadband; Trench Violations Mean Penalties

<a href="http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/october-newsline-new-england-gets-storm-sewer-complaints-texas-maps-broadband-trench-violations-mean#new">New England communities face actions to improve storm sewer pollution</a> <a href="http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/october-newsline-new-england-gets-storm-sewer-complaints-texas-maps-broadband-trench-violations-mean?page=2#tx">Texas to map broadband availability, prioritize federal stimulus funding</a> <a href="http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/october-newsline-new-england-gets-storm-sewer-complaints-texas-maps-broadband-trench-violations-mean?page=3#trench">Trench violations result in penalties</a> <a href="http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/october-newsline-new-england-gets-storm-sewer-complaints-texas-maps-broadband-trench-violations-mean?page=3#fiber">Fiber network could be deal breaker</a>

October Rehab News: CUES, Inland Pipe, Conco Spray, Quakewrap and Vac-Tron

<a href="http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/october-rehab-news-cues-inland-pipe-conco-spray-quakewrap-and-vac-tron#cues">CUES receives 2009 Best of Suwanee Award</a> <a href="http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/october-rehab-news-cues-inland-pipe-conco-spray-quakewrap-and-vac-tron#inland">Inland Pipe Rehabilitation human resources director named</a> <a href="http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/october-rehab-news-cues-inland-pipe-conco-spray-quakewrap-and-vac-tron#conco">Conco Spray Solutions joins Sprayroq Certified Partners</A>


ACPA 2009 Project Achievement Award Winner

Last September, tunneling was used to replace a 48-inch diameter corrugated metal pipe (CMP) culvert that had been in service for 25 years on Route 4 in New Castle County, DE.

HOBAS Pipe USA Celebrates 25 Years Of Growth

A quarter of a century ago, after 25 years of being manufactured and widely used in Europe, HOBAS pipe was introduced to the United States.

Leslie Equipment And ALLU Group Host Mass Stabilization & Attachment Seminar

More than 40 major soil remediation and construction companies attended classroom and demonstration sessions at Leslie Equipment Co.’s training facility at Cross Lanes, WV, July 15-16.

October Business: The Crossing Company Acquires The HDD Company; Pipefusion First Canadian Outlet for Connectra Fusion Tools; CONTECH Launches Grreen Concrete

<a href="http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/october-business-crossing-company-acquires-hdd-company-pipefusion-first-canadian-outlet-connectra-fu#crossing">The Crossing Company</a> <a href="http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/october-business-crossing-company-acquires-hdd-company-pipefusion-first-canadian-outlet-connectra-fu#pipefusion">Pipefusion Services</a> <a href="http://www.undergroundconstructionmagazine.com/october-business-crossing-company-acquires-hdd-company-pipefusion-first-canadian-outlet-connectra-fu?page=2#contech">CONTECH Construction Products</a>

Passing of Torch At KS Energy Services

Dennis Klumb, Jr. was promoted to the position of president and chief operation officer of KS Energy Services, effective Aug. 1.