September 2009 Vol. 64 No. 9


New Products

“Breeze” Micro Fiber Cable Blowing Machine Introduced

General Machine Products Company Inc. will introduce its Micro Fiber Cable Blowing Machine (Breeze) at the 2009 Fiber-To-The-Home Conference & Expo, Houston, TX, Sept. 27-Oct. 1.

HydraTech Engineered Products PolySpray SS100

PolySpray SS100 is a rapid setting elastic polyurea monolithic coating.

InfrastructureUSA jumpstarts community involvement in infrastructure is a new nonprofit web site focused on generating “Citizen Dialogue about Civil infrastructure.”

Multiquip EZ Grout Hog Crusher

The new EZ Grout Hog Crusher Job Site Material Recycler easily attaches to a skid steer loader or forklift.

PFERD Polifan Curve SG-Plus

The Polifan Curve SG-Plus has a new flap wheel design with a unique radial shape that allows for aggressive grinding.

Rain for Rent Radar Liquid Level Gauge

The portable Radar Liquid Level Gauge continuously measures liquid levels with a non-intrusive 26 GHz radar signal.

Seatek Co. VT-270 Vee-Twin

The VT-270 Vee-Twin is the simple, safe and fast way to strip cables from 5/16 to 2 1/8-inch O.D.

Taurman Distributing and Manufacturing Hydrant Setter

The Hydrant Setter is designed to eliminate free-rigging by safely and efficiently installing a fire hydrant into a trench.

Topcon Positioning Systems RL-VH4 Builder Laser Series

The RL-VH4 Builder Laser Series for use in interior and general construction incorporates GreenBeam technology, providing the most visible lasers on the market.

TT Technologies Grundomat pneumatic piercing tool

The Grundomat pneumatic piercing tool is economical, versatile and environmentally friendly.

Equipment Spotlight

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR): Ditch Witch

The Ditch Witch 2150GR can detect both metallic and non-metallic pipes and cables to depths of up to 19 feet, depending on soil conditions and antenna selection.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR): Geophysical Survey Systems Inc. (GSSI)

UtilityScan is the most accurate GPR system on the market for the non-destructive location of all subsurface utilities.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR): Hager GeoScience

GSSI SIR System 2, 2000 and a 3000 ground penetrating radar systems from Hager GeoScience Inc.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR): MALA Geoscience

The MALÅ Easy Locator finds non-metallic utilities and performs surveys for unknown buried objects and utilities.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR): Sensors & Software

Noggin is a complete GPR system in a single package.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR): Underground Imaging Technologies (UIT)

UIT’s proprietary multi-channel GPR system is a 14-channel, cart-based ground penetrating radar unit that is typically towed behind a vehicle during survey operations.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR): US RADAR Inc.

US RADAR Inc. manufactures the 500MHz System which detects non-metallic and metallic targets up to 14.5 feet.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR): Vermeer

Get underground metallic and nonmetallic object information quickly with the Interragator line of ground-penetrating radar systems.

HDD Rigs: Vermeer, TT Technologies, Ditch Witch and more

HDD Rigs: Equipment Spotlight

Plastic Pipe Fusion/Fittings: Central Plastics/Georg Fischer

The BS-4 Butt Fusion Machine is capable of butt fusing ½- to 4-inch IPS pipe and fittings.

Plastic Pipe Fusion/Fittings: Footage Tools

The compact B280 Butt Fusion System features a four-clamp system that is designed to fuse PE and HDPE pipe from 1 ¼ to 6 inches in diameter.

Plastic Pipe Fusion/Fittings: IPEX Inc.

For a stronger, more reliable leak-proof seal, Friatec has engineered a smarter than traditional fusion system.

Plastic Pipe Fusion/Fittings: McElroy

Forget about wrenching down four different clamps to make sure your stub end fitting is firmly in place and centered.

Plastic Pipe Fusion/Fittings: Q-TEK

Q-TEK Saddle Fusion Machines eliminate the need for shims, spacers, chains and complicated head changes.

Plastic Pipe Fusion/Fittings: Ritmo America

PROFITTINGS 6 is the table fittings machine for the construction of HDPE, PP, PVC segmented elbows, wyes, tees and crosses.

Plastic Pipe Fusion/Fittings:Georg Fischer Connectra

The 414HP’s hydraulic system is powered by an easy-to-maintain hand pump and pressure gauge.

Remote Inspection Equipment: Aries Industries

The Aries Pathfinder video pipeline inspection system provides unequalled productivity, reliability, and ease of use.

Remote Inspection Equipment: CUES

The Summit is a fully integrated power control system that is compatible with all CUES cameras, transporters, and the LAMP II wheeled lateral launcher.

Remote Inspection Equipment: Envirosight

The SuperVision SAT lateral launch system crawls 300 feet down mainlines 6-inches and larger, and then inserts its camera as far as 100 feet into laterals 3.5 inches and larger.

Remote Inspection Equipment: Radiodetection/SPX Corp.

The P350 flexitrax system supports three interchangeable, high-resolution cameras.

Remote Inspection Equipment: Ratech Electronics

The Portable Mini-Mainline is designed for small- to medium-sized municipalities and contractors looking for an affordable entry level Mainline Video Inspection System.

Remote Inspection Equipment: RedZone Robotics

RedZone’s Multi-Sensor Inspection (MSI) service integrates data from six sensors on the powerful Responder robotic platform, targeted for large diameter pipe 84 inches.

Remote Inspection Equipment: UEMSI

U-Tech Environmental Manufacturing Supply Inc. (UEMSI) showcases the new ProCam DVR system.

Wheel loaders: Volvo CE

Volvo L180F has the power of a fuel-efficient Volvo V-ACT D12-engine and is Tier 3/Stage IIIA approved for greater low-end torque.


Another Electric Utility Experiments With ‘Undergrounding’

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has authorized Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. to make its electrical distribution system less susceptible to power outages by, in some cases, converting to underground cable.

Company Overcomes Challenges To Complete Intersect Bore

Brent Lane and his business partner, Steve Parker, have witnessed the ups and downs of the horizontal directional drilling business.

Corrosive Environment Forces Innovative Solutions In Denver

The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (MWRD) of Denver, CO, successfully completed a significant manhole rehabilitation project on its South Thornton Interceptor this past summer.

Grout Boot Camps Provides Essential Training

Chemical grouting is a joint sealing and stabilization process used to stop ground water flow through soils surrounding structurally sound sewer pipes or structures.

Michels Completes Crucial Water Crossings On Rex Pipeline Project

According to FERC, the Kinder Morgan’s Rockies Express Pipeline is the largest currently under construction. Members of the Commission have unofficially dubbed it “The King of Pipelines.”

Mobile Port Project Requires Massive Underground Electrical Installations

"The opening of the Mobile Container Terminal makes the Port of Mobile very competitive with neighboring Gulf ports," says Brian Clark, the facility's director.

NTA Proves Effectiveness Of Regional Association

When it comes to associations, bigger isn't necessarily better – small local and regional organizations can be very effective in serving their members, especially for those serving specialized, niche markets.

Smithville Telephone Rebuilds Communication Systems

It is not unusual anymore to read that small communities and independent telephone companies are building state of the art fiber networks to serve relatively small, often rural service areas.

Telecom Waits, Hopes For Boost From Stimulus Funds

Various federal economic "stimulus" programs are under way to help bring America out of the crippling recession that has been affecting almost every segment of the economy.


Bobcat to consolidate operations in North Dakota

Bobcat Co. has announced that it is discontinuing production at the company's Bismarck, N.D., plant by the end of 2009. All North American machinery production will be transferred to Bobcat's original manufacturing facility in Gwinner, N.D.

EPA Takes New Steps To Improve Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made available comprehensive reports and data on water enforcement in all 50 states.

Indy-DPW/IUPUI New Product Review Process Introduced

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has signed an agreement with the Indianapolis Department of Public Works to provide technical evaluation of new products.

JEA Takes Lead In Proactive Sewer, Water Maintenance

Most major American cities today face multiple challenges to provide basic water and sanitary services.

John Deere’s Construction & Forestry Appoints New President

Michael J. Mack, Jr., the new president of John Deere’s Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division, has prepared for this leadership position through a variety of assignments at Deere.

New Acquisitions Position CONTECH For Future Growth

CONTECH Construction Products Inc. has announced that it has acquired certain assets of the Plateau Pipe Company and the Thompson Culvert Company.

Pipeliners Scholarships Presented

The Pipeliners Association of Houston recognized the recipients of its college scholarships June 1 during its final meeting of the 2008-2009 year.

Robert G. Darden To Lead Distribution Contractors Association

The DCA Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Robert G. Darden as executive vice president, effective Aug. 1. .

September Newsline: Stimulus impact on utility construction, 2009 infrastructure spending drop, and more

<a href="">Economic stimulus impact on utility construction</a> <a href="">Infrastructure spending to fall in 2009 despite stimulus</a> <a href="">Urban areas quest for broadband funds</a>

September Rehab News: New coating from 3M, Boston chooses Stantec, new pipeline contracts for Instituform

<a href="">3M introduces alternative to coating water pipelines</a> <a href="">Stantec to rehabilitate major Boston sewer line</a> <a href="">Insituform awarded contracts for pipeline projects</a>

Editor's Log

Always A Need For Education

I was pleasantly surprised recently when the annual American Society of Civil Engineers’ Pipeline Conference experienced strong attendance.


CNH Parts & Service, SRC Form Joint Venture

CNH Global has agreed to develop a full scale remanufacturing operation and services company as a joint venture with Springfield Remanufacturing Corp. (SRC) to be called CNH Reman.

Washington Watch

INGAA Pushes For Limiting ESA Consultation Procedures

Pipeline and other construction industries are pressing the federal government to make it easier for projects to pass muster with the Endangered Species Act.