December 2020 Vol. 75 No. 12


Editor's Log

Movie Titles, Politics & Hope

As the year ends, the country is still going through many transitions with politics, journalism approaches and the lingering COVID-19.



CGA Research on Utility Locating Points to Stressed Damage Prevention System  The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) published a new White Paper that is based on recent research among locating stakeholders that points to an often strained damage prevention system.  The CGA White Paper analyzes data from..

Washington Watch

GAO Report Cites Transmission Pipelines As ‘Generally Reliable’

By Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor Transmission pipelines received something of an endorsement from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a study that found “Reports of serious interruptions of service that interstate transmission pipeline operators submitted to FERC from 2015 to 2019 sho..


UCT 2021 Includes Host of New, Traditional Elements

Changes are on the horizon for the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition, better known as simply UCT.  As previously announced, the first and most obvious change is the conference date. For 2021, UCT has shifted from its historic late-January date to May 18–20, 2..

Directional Drilling

Intersect HDD Gets Better with Experience

Jeff Griffin | Senior Editor    An “intersect” project may be the most complex application in horizontal directional drilling (HDD).  Two pilot holes – one at each end of the projected bore path – meet somewhere in between to make a single pilot hole for pulling in the product. Each segment usual..

Delivering Clean Water to Canadian First Nation Communities

For residents in the Wauzhushk Onigum and Obashkaandagaang First Nations, clean, safe drinking water from the faucet is a luxury that hadn’t existed in nearly a decade. Located near Kenora, a small city situated on the Lake of the Woods in northwestern Ontario, Canada, about 124 miles east of Winnip..

Rehab Technology

Rehab News

Vortex Companies Acquires Parson Environmental  The Vortex Companies, a trenchless infrastructure solutions provider, acquired Parson Environmental Products Inc., a national provider of sanitary sewer rehabilitation and stormwater retention products.  Since its founding in 1985, Parson Environment..

The River and the Highway: How an Interceptor Failure Produced Solutions

By Reyna Johnson and John Van Hoosier Very few are unacquainted with the truth of Murphy’s Law: “What can go wrong, will go wrong.” Even fewer infrastructure engineers would disagree with one small change to the age-old law: “What can go wrong, will go wrong, especially when too many existing utili..

Companies in the News


Felling Trailers’ Drop-Deck Industrial Tilt Equipment Named Top Product  Two industry publications selected the Felling Trailer (FT) -16 IT-I drop deck industrial tilt equipment trailer as a favored product of 2020.  Equipment Today listed it in the “Contractors’ Top 50 New Products” feature. In a..

New Products

New Products

Vermeer Expands HDD Fluid-Management Equipment Line  Vermeer has expanded its horizontal directional drilling (HDD) fluid management equipment line with the new R600T reclaimer. Successor to the popular R9x12T model, R600T features enhanced performance and serviceability.  The 600-gallons-per-minu..