August 2013, Vol. 68 No. 8



HCSS Releases Mobile Time Card App

Construction software developer HCSS has added a mobile phone time card to its selection of mobile apps available for smartphones and tablets.

Volvo Construction Equipment Expands Fuel Efficiency Guarantee

Volvo Construction Equipment continues to maximize operator fuel savings with advancements in product development and technology and is reinforcing this dedication with an expansion of its Fuel Efficiency Guarantee program.

Groff Tractor & Equipment Buys Assets Of Vernon E. Stup Company

Groff Tractor & Equipment has purchased the assets of Vernon E. Stup Company in Frederick, MD.

Kana Pipeline Apprenticeship Program Trains With Western Water Works

Kana Pipeline’s new superintendent apprenticeship program will begin special training sessions with pipeline vendor Western Water Works (WWW), comprising two weeks of cooperative training relating to water, sewer and storm drain pipe parts and installation.

PPI Presents 10-Year Service Award To Camille G. Rubeiz, P.E.

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) Executive Director Tony Radoszewski presented Camille George Rubeiz, P.E. with a 10-year service award during PPI's annual membership meeting in St. Pete Beach, FL.

Atlas Copco opens Ohio configuration center

Atlas Copco Construction Equipment celebrated a ribbon cutting at its new configuration center in Independence, OH on June 13. The 150-foot-long facility was built across from a current Atlas Copco service center. Staff in the 9,000-square-foot configuration center will assemble hydraulic attachments and WEDA submersible pumps. The existing service center will continue to refurbish and provide other technical services.

August 2013 Ad Index

Advertisers from the print edition of <em>Underground Construction</em>, August 2013, Vol. 68 no. 8.

New Products

Doosan Portable Power XP200WJD Tier 4i Air Compressor

Doosan Portable Power is delivering a new power level in its air compressor lineup with the introduction of the Tier 4i-compliant XP200WJD.

Denso North America Protal Air Cartridge Gun

The new Protal Air Cartridge Gun has been improved to now spray 1000 ml cartridges instead of the previous 400 ml cartridges.

Reed Manufacturing Co. 700APD Power Drive

Reed’s 700APD Power Drive is a portable, pneumatic, heavy-duty power drive which provides power for threading pipe and conduit up to two-inch diameter.

Felling Trailers Compact Loader Trailers

Felling Trailers redesigned its compact loader trailer line to accommodate a mini skid steer, regardless of the brand.

Trenchers and Equipment Eagle 7500 Wheel Trencher

Increase production and profit with the new Eagle 7500 Wheel Trencher. The heavy duty Eagle 7500 wheel trencher is efficient and well balanced.

Atlas Copco LPD-LD

Atlas Copco has announced completion of its post driver range with the addition of its lightweight LPD-LD. The fifth model in a family of drivers, the LPD-LD weighs just 39 pounds. Atlas Copco now offers a model precisely matched to any handheld or crane-lifted driving job from 3/8-inch to 6-inch poles, steel rods or profiles.

IBG 2K Hybrid-Grouting-System Tested

The IBG 2K Hybrid-Grouting-System designed by IBG Hydro-Tech rehabilitates lateral pipe joints or lateral connections with the main sewer after cured-in-place pipe lining has been completed.

HammerHead Introduces New CIPP Epoxy System

HammerHead Trenchless Equipment introduced its new epoxy system for the recently released HydraLiner Lateral Lining system.

More Power With Doosan DX140LCR Reduced Tail Swing Excavator

Doosan is adding more power, performance and speed to the 16-ton excavator market with the iT4 DX140LCR-3. Presenting contractors with an ideal machine for operating in tight quarters, the tail swing radius on the DX140LCR-3 is only 5 feet, which results in a tail swing overhang of just 9 inches over the side of the machine.

North American Specialty Products Offers Industry First

<strong>StraightShot</strong> To help contractors and municipalities achieve greater precision and efficiency in trenchless sewer infrastructure projects, North American Specialty Products introduces StraightShot, the industry’s first restrained-joint PVC pipe with a flush joint.


In Memoriam: Darold Wendell Falldorf

Darold Wendell Falldorf, 79, of Bemidji, MN, died, July 15 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

In Memoriam: Barbara Oliver White

Barbara Oliver White, born Aug. 21, 1938, passed away July 12 in Dallas, TX. She was married to the late James Thomas White, who at the time of his death on Jan. 22, 2012, was past president of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) and served as president of Dallas-based Price Gregory International Inc.

QuakeWrap awarded research grant for new pipe concept

QuakeWrap Inc. has been awarded a $150,000 Small Business Innovative Research Grant from the National Science Foundation to further develop InfinitPipe.

Corrugated HDPE pipe receives TDOT approval

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has approved the longitudinal installation of large diameter, corrugated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe for storm water drainage systems.

Speaker, scholarships highlight UCTA meeting

Attendees and their guests gathered to hear Daniel Magill, president for Avanti International, speak at the June 5 Gulf Coast Chapter UCTA (Underground Construction Technology Association) general luncheon meeting held at the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society Building.

Miami-Dade agrees to upgrade its sewer system

Under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced recently, Miami-Dade County in Florida has agreed to invest in major upgrades to its wastewater treatment plants and wastewater collection and transmission systems in order to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows.

Supreme Court sides with Oklahoma in Tarrant v. Herrmann

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 13 unanimously sided with Oklahoma in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann litigation, ending a long court battle over water in the Red River basin.

McElroy Reports Success of Certified McElroy Rental Program

Finding the most reliable fusion machine rentals is easy. Certified McElroy Rental machines have been available for more than two years, and are currently available at 96 percent of McElroy Authorized Distributor Locations. Certified McElroy Rental machines undergo a rigorous checklist and regimen by participating McElroy distributors in order to provide customers with the most reliable fusion machine rentals in the marketplace.

ASCE Pipelines Honors Industry Leaders Joe Castronovo, Ralph Carpenter

At the record-breaking ASCE Pipelines 2013 Conference in Fort Worth, TX, last June, long-time industry contributors Joseph Castronovo and Ralph Carpenter were honored for their years of service to the Pipeline Division.

EPA Survey Shows $384B Needed For Water Infrastructure By 2030

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released results of a survey showing that $384 billion in improvements are needed for the nation’s drinking water infrastructure through 2030 for systems to continue providing safe drinking water to 297 million Americans.

Equipment Spotlight

John Deere 644K Hybrid Loader

Whether your operators are jobsite veterans or just getting their boots dirty, the 644K Hybrid Loader will make them more productive and efficient.

Robotic Cutters: Equipment Spotlight

Robotic cutters from Pipeline Renewal Technologies, CUES, Aries Industries, AMerik Engineering and Global Pipeline Systems.

Skid Steer Attachments: Equipment Spotlight

Skid steer attachments from Bobcat, McLaughlin and Case.

Mini Skid Steers: Equipment Spotlight

Mini skid steers from Ditch Witch, Vermeer and Bobcat.

Skid-Steer Loaders: Equipment Spotlight

Skid steer loaders from Bobcat, John Deere, Volvo CE, Caterpillar and Case.


20 Years And Still Rocking

Since the inception of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) in the late 1970s, there have been remarkable advances in the technology and equipment that serves the trenchless construction industry. The equipment in the early 1980s was basic and not designed specifically for HDD, nor was it particularly reliable.

WESTT No-Dig Says Aloha To Hawaii

Are you looking for a one-stop place to learn about the latest technical information to ensure your trenchless construction job will be successful? The 9th Annual Western Regional No-Dig Conference & Exhibition offers that and more at this must-attend event to be held from Oct. 28-29 at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, HI.

Underground Rental Market Bounces Back Strong

Rentals of equipment in the United States are expected to exceed $38 billion in 2013 says the most recent quarterly forecast of the American Rental Association (ARA). The report projects that equipment rental growth compared to 2012 will reach 7.9 percent by the fourth quarter of 2013.

Who Should Perform Your Compact Machine Maintenance: You or Your Dealer?

The pace of business is picking up with the summer construction season. Combined with an improving economy, you may already be stretched thin to stay ahead of the curve with routine maintenance. Plus, any new compact machines you’ve purchased in the past three years typically have more sophisticated service needs than their predecessors.

Editor's Log

Editor's Log: Keeping It Pure

In this issue of <em>Underground Construction</em>, we’re proud to present our annual <a href="">Buyer’s Guide</a>. It includes the most comprehensive coverage of equipment available specifically for the underground construction and rehabilitation industry.

Washington Watch

Pipeline Approval Reform Bill Hits Headwinds

The pipeline approval "speed up" bill hit a couple of speed bumps on July 9. At hearings in a House subcommittee, the unofficial "pipeline" commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) pointed out some potential unintended consequences that might come about if the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (H.R. 1900) as initially written becomes law.