October 2017 Vol. 72 No. 10


New Products

MT9 Microtrencher Attachment Cuts Costs, Improves ROI

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, introduced the new MT9 microtrencher attachment, designed to improve productivity and reduce the cost-per-foot on small fiber job sites. Developed to work in tandem with the Ditch Witch line of mini skid steers, the industry-first system is the ideal sol..

Komatsu America introduced the new PC210LCi-11

Komatsu America, a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, introduced the new PC210LCi-11 hydraulic excavator. Money-saving efficiency and automatics, combined with operator-friendly, machine-control-enabled joysticks make it one of the most versatile and productive excavators on the market. It..

CX145D SR Minimum-Swing Excavator Offers Innovations

CASE Construction Equipment added the all-new CX145D SR minimum-swing radius excavator to its D Series lineup. Designed to provide ample digging and lifting power in a small footprint, the CX145D SR features a compact counterweight and modified boom placement. This results in a highly maneuverable a..


October Underground Construction Business: People

Interplastic Chris Deel joined the sales team as a senior sales representative, overseeing sales in Ohio, eastern Michigan, western Pennsylvania, and a small portion of western New York and West Virginia. He brings 25 years of experience in the composites industry, including manufacturing, technica..

Straightline Adapts Armadrillco Technology, Upgrades HDD Tooling Platform

Following its recent acquisition of Armadrillco, Straightline HDD has further solidified its position as a leader in hard-condition tooling. By announcing the adaptation of the Armadrillco transmitter housing to the RockEye Hammer System, Straightline has taken a significant step in diffusing the pa..

Volvo CE Fuels Workforce Development

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) continued to address the skills gap and help students start a career in the construction industry. “In the U.S., an estimated 600,000 manufacturing jobs went unfilled in 2011 and could grow to over two million in 10 years, according to a report from the Manuf..

ALLU welcomed FRC Ingeneria as a new distributor

ALLU welcomed FRC Ingeneria as a new distributor. The Colombian company supplies a comprehensive range of ALLU Transformer attachments, and provides full aftermarket care, spare parts and dedicated customer service. The Finland-based, global supplier of the Transformer series of material processing..

Sharewell Makes The ‘Right Turn’ For HDD Supply, Service

Sharewell HDD has teamed up with Right Turn Supply, which serves as exclusive authorized sales agent and represents Sharewell’s  entire line of innovative products. The partnership between the two Houston-based companies is intended to boost customer coverage as Sharewell continues to grow and intro..

Ditch Witch/Utilicor Technologies Partnership Offers Simplified Utility-Repair Solutions

A new partnership makes Utilicor Technologies Inc.’s advanced keyhole coring and reinstatement products available to contractors, municipalities and utilities through the Ditch Witch global dealership network. Rather than bringing heavy and physically demanding equipment like jackhammers and backho..


Video Industrial Services Joins Sprayroq Certified Partner Network

Sprayroq, Inc., industry leader in the development of spray-applied polyurethane solutions for infrastructure rehabilitation, corrosion management and infiltration control, welcomed Birmingham, AL-based Video Industrial Services Inc. (VIS), as a Sprayroq Certified Partner (SCP). A wholly owned subs..

Bursting In Grand Prairie

With much of the world’s water and sanitary sewer infrastructure in the ground for more than 100 years, trenchless technologies in many situations are the only practical or, in some cases, possible solution. Of those, pipe bursting offers several benefits. Using the old pipe as a “path,” a winch p..

Pipe Bursting: What Are The Technology Expectations?

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of an occasional series of articles discussing long-term performance needs, capabilities and requirements of various rehabilitation technologies. “Expectation” can be defined as the belief about (or mental picture of) the future. When it comes to trench..


Family, Customer Values Fuel Growth Of CMW

Ditch Witch has been a well-known and -respected name in the underground construction industry for decades. The world’s first small, service-line trencher carried the Ditch Witch name, and over the course of nearly 70 years, the product line has steadily evolved and expanded to include not only tre..

Utility & Communications Construction Business Update

In the wake of devastating storms in Texas and the Southeast, utility and communication contractors across the country are hard at work picking up the pieces, restoring power and will begin the process of improving the systems for the next weather challenge. While we pray storms never hit, the work ..

Vic Weston Named 2018 MVP

Join industry professionals in honoring the 2018 Most Valuable Professional at the annual UCTA/Underground Construction MVP Awards Banquet on Tuesday, Jan. 30, during the Underground Construction Technology (UCT) International Conference & Exhibition (UCT Conference. Victor (Vic) Weston, renowned an..

HammerHead Trenchless

HammerHead® Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works Company, manufactures and delivers a unique combination of rehabilitation, replacement and installation equipment and consumables for the underground construction market. HammerHead products are sold and serviced in more than 63 countries, with worldwi..

Contractors facing increased pressure to turn down the noise

Sound regulations dictate work hours and required equipment decibel ratings in residential and commercial neighborhoods. The rules vary by country, state and municipality, which can make it tricky for contractors to stay on top of the current guidelines. These regulations are already affecting contr..


With the approach of winter weather, Vacall offers a new step-in compartment on its AllExcavate hydro excavators to provide operators with warmth and protection from inclement weather. This feature, along with industry-leading vacuum and jetting forces, provides operator comfort while working on hy..

Hydraulic Excavation Brace Saves Contractor Time and Money

A Central Florida contractor was performing one portion of a water expansion project that would require a bore beneath existing rail tracks.  The contractor estimated the excavation would need to be about 40-ft long, 16-ft wide and about 19-ft deep to provide the necessary room to operate the boring..

A Buried Maze of Pipes Puts the FastBack System to the Test

Our customer was a large gas distribution contractor who was facing a tough challenge: they had a short bore job that required crossing six different utilities. This 120-foot bore to install a 3-inch polyethylene gas main meant weaving through one 6-inch high pressure gas main, one 6-inch low pressu..

Introducing SOLIDIBOND 1.1 and SOLIDIBOND 2.2

With increasing interest in solidification within the industry, Wyo-Ben is proud to announce SOLIDIBOND 1.1 and SOLIDIBOND 2.2 have been added to our product listing. Since being introduced to the market, SOLIDIBOND 1.1 and SOLIDIBOND 2.2 have proven effective in both cost and performance.  Ask your..


The BOREHEAD® pull head represents a new standard in the safe and efficient underground installation of polyethylene pipe (HDPE). By allowing installation crews to fuse the MJ adaptor to the pipe above ground, as opposed to in the trench, the reusable BOREHEAD® Pull Head removes personnel from hazar..

HDD Fluid Cleaning Systems, Reducing Increased Costs of HDD Operation

The environmental and financial impacts of drilling fluid on HDD jobsites continue to be a priority for HDD contractors. The visibility of jobsites due to social media increases exposure to “visual prosecution” by the general public, who are often uniformed about the nature and purpose of HDD drilli..

Your Proven Partner Since 1973

OUR EQUIPMENT SYSTEMS Akkerman develops, manufactures and supports powerful and versatile guided boring, microtunneling, pipe jacking, and tunneling systems that accurately install 4-inch through 14-foot pipe diameters in a broad range of ground conditions. DRIVEN FOR CUSTOMER SUCCESS Symmetry wi..

Versatile, Durable Family of Ditch Witch® Mini Skid Steers

The Capabilities Guide is a special advertising section in Underground Construction highlighting advertiser’s products and services. The newly enhanced line of Ditch Witch® mini skid steers offers construction-grade durability and versatility to conquer a variety of complex landscape and irrigation..

McLaughlin adds PTO-driven options to MEGA VAC line

The Capabilities Guide is a special advertising section in Underground Construction highlighting advertiser’s products and services. McLaughlin has extended its Vermeer MEGA VAC vacuum excavator product line with PTO-driven options that were designed in response to industry requests for a productiv..

IR Risk – A Holistic Approach

The Capabilities Guide is a special advertising section in Underground Construction highlighting advertiser’s products and services. For better or worse, HDD drilling is front page news. This increased publicity is also intersecting with increasing environmental scrutiny of infrastructure projects,..

Industry Rallies To Bring Hurricane Relief

Editor’s Note: Underground Construction salutes companies that have donated money, supplies and volunteers to cleaning up and rebuilding Hurricane Harvey’s  devastating impact on the Greater Houston area. At press time, Florida and Puerto Rico were starting their relief and rebuilds, and we know t..

Washington Watch

Pipeline Construction Projects Move Forward With Full FERC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is off and running now that it has three commissioners to form a quorum, with two more likely to fill out the five total chairs once confirmed by the Senate, maybe as early as September. The commission started to work through the backlog of pipeline co..


Water Reuse Capacity To Increase 37% Over Next Decade

An increasing focus on resiliency and water-supply risk is driving investment in water reuse, or reclaimed wastewater solutions. New capacity additions in the U.S. municipal water sector are forecasted to surpass $21.5 billion from 2017 to 2027, according to a new report from Bluefield Research, U.S..

Louisiana Pipeliners Association Awards $1 Million In Scholarships

The Louisiana Pipeliners Association awarded its first two scholarships exactly 20 years ago and this year reached a major milestone, awarding a total of $1 million in scholarships since then. The Louisiana Pipeliners Association is a non-political and non-profit corporation formed in 1996 for the ..

Editor's Log

Bridge Over Troubled Water: Benefits Of Undergrounding Utilities

Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, is a day not many in Southeast Texas will soon forget. By midday, light to moderate rain began to fall, the precursor to landfall of the infamous Hurricane Harvey. The 1,000-year storm did not want to leave the state, hanging around for several days before moving off to plague..