August 2021 Vol.76 No. 8


Editor's Log

Up Close and Personal

By Robert Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief After many anxious, nerve-racking, nail-biting moments, the stars aligned just perfectly and in July, the 2021 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition was held face-to-face and with great success in Nashville.  ..



PG&E to Move 10,000 Miles of Power Lines Underground  Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has announced a major new initiative to expand the undergrounding of electric distribution power lines in High Fire Threat Districts (HFTD) to further harden its system and help prevent wildfires.  ..

Washington Watch

Democrats Lay Out Speculative Marker for Water Infrastructure

By Stephen Barlas, Washington D.C. Editor The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Invest in America Act (H.R. 3684) in June, which is the Democrats’ bid for the infrastructure piece that could be included in whatever bipartisan infrastructure bill Congress passes and President Biden signs. The..


Creative Construction Sequencing Aids Light Rail Construction

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – LA Metro – is in the final stages of constructing an underground light rail trunkline that will allow riders to travel through downtown LA with far fewer transfers and more direct service. Known as the Metro Regional Connector Transit Pr..

Five Steps to a Successful Sewer Bypass Project

By Neil Ripley, Regional Product Development Manager for United Rentals Fluid Solutions Sewer overflows are a daily occurrence. Clearing, repairing or replacing a pipe usually requires a temporary sewer bypass to divert the discharge from point A to point B and create a work area.  ..

Taming a Mammoth: Innovative Interconnect Improves Houston Water Operations

By Christine Kirby and Ram Chakradhar With an astounding 21.6-percent population growth over the last decade, the greater Houston region is expected to double in population by 2050. To meet future demands, and in response to the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District mandate to reduce groundwater pum..

Vacuum Excavators: Today's Do-It-All Machines

By Jeff Awalt, Executive Editor It’s little wonder that vacuum excavators have grown to become one of the fastest-growing equipment categories in the underground construction industry.  Whether they’re being used for directi..

CUIRE Completes NCHRP Pool-Funded Project on Structural Design for Spray-Applied Pipe Liners

In April, the Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education (CUIRE) submitted the final report, fact sheet and design worksheet to Ohio Department of Transportation (Ohio DOT) project leader and six other Departments of Transportation (DOTs) including Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, Nor..



Felling Trailers Acquires Larson Cable Trailers  Felling Trailers Inc., based in Sauk Centre, Minn., acquired the assets of Larson Cable Trailers Inc., a Huron, S.Dak., leader in fiber-optic cable handling trailer products.  Founded in 2000, Larson provides solutions for the power and fiber optic ..

Rehab Technology

Rehab News

Brown and Caldwell to Lead Water Treatment Facility Improvements  Brown and Caldwell has been engaged by the city of Boulder, Colo., to provide professional engineering and design services at the city’s Betasso Water Treatment Facility (BWTF).  Built in 1964 and significantly renovated in 2018, BW..

New Products

New Products

CASE G Series Upgrades Boost Performance, Connectivity, Intelligence, Uptime  CASE Construction Equipment introduced comprehensive enhancements to its entire line of G Series wheel loaders to improve performance and productivity, increase uptime, and empower the operator with greater control and un..