NASSCO Convention Addresses Industry Needs, Concerns

A large number National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) members, spouses and guests converged at the La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, April 11-13, for the association’s 42nd annual convention. As always, the attendees tackled many important issues and needs of the sewe..

Tech Tips: Keeping Your Field Measurements Current

The need for current and accurate asset data is as real in our industry as emojis are to American teenagers! For over a hundred reasons, owners, engineers, and contractors require accurate measurements of their collection system assets to properly manage and maintain them. This includes pipe inverts..

Sheila Joy Named NASSCO Executive Director

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) has appointed Sheila Joy as its new executive director. In this role, she leads NASSCO in its ongoing mission to set standards for the assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure, and to assure the continued ac..

PPI Creates New Geothermal Steering Committee

The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI) has created a new group within its Building and Construction Division, which represents plastic pipe manufacturers that produce various types of (pressure) piping systems used within buildings and on their premises. Those activities are now focused, through the..

CIGMAT 2018 Highlights Growth, Challenges, Changes of Major Cities

The University of Houston’s Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT), and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosted its 23rd-annual conference and exhibition. “Infrastructure, Energy, Geotechnical, Flooding and Sustainable Issues Related to Houston and Other Ma..

PCCA Convention Provides Education, Memorable Times

Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) President Jim Dillahunty recently welcomed more than 330 association members, family and friends to the 73rd annual convention in Kauai, Hawaii. Dillahunty, president and chief operating officer of Henkels & McCoy, in Blue Bell, Penn., told the o..

NASSCO Standard Bearer: Ed Kampbell, P.E.

I’m a product of Little Rock, Ark. Even though the year was 1971 when I graduated from Little Rock Central High School, there was still some residual turmoil from when the school became integrated in 1957. After Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus surrounded the school with National Guard troops to preve..

NASSCO Names Joy Executive Director

After an extensive, nationwide search, the Executive Board of the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) today announced the appointment of Sheila Joy as Executive Director, effective April 2, 2018. Joy will report to NASSCO’s Board of Directors and lead NASSCO in its ongoing missi..

NASSCO Launches Nation-Wide Search for Executive Director

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) has opened a search for its next executive director. Recently, the NASSCO board of directors accepted the resignation of Ted DeBoda, P.E., who served as executive director for eight years. DeBoda will continue his role as a Pipeline Asses..

NASSCO Celebrates Strong Year of Accomplishments

In 2017, NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) continued to expand its influence in the industry with numerous active programs. NASSCO is a national organization dedicated to improving standards relating to the assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground wastewater i..

INGAA Tries to Ward Off Attempt to Force Rate Cuts

Interstate gas pipelines are trying to convince the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to ignore pleas from gas producers and other shippers to cut the rates pipelines charge their customers to reflect lower tax rates enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. A number of gas shippers a..

Standard Bearers: Philip Wildbore

EDITOR’S NOTE: NASSCO just completed its 42nd year and continues to set standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As the association experiences remarkable growth, this series profiles those who have made significant contributions, and impacted the continued ac..

NASSCO Announces Change in Leadership

The Board of the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) announced in mid-January the acceptance of the resignation of Executive Director Ted DeBoda, P.E. He will continue his role as a Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) Master Trainer and will provide consulting servi..

CGA Transitions Leadership; Growth Continues

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) has become the primary driving force in bringing together every organization and each person that should be concerned about preventing damage to underground utility infrastructure. Obviously, it is in the interest of owners of utilities, and contractors and organiza..

PCCA Prepared for a Productive 2018

Following a busy 2017, the Power & Communications Contractors Association (PCCA) charges into 2018 with plans to expand its education initiatives, vigorously pursue advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., and hold fun and valuable meetings that provide opportunities for members to network with their c..

NASSCO Standard Bearers: Jeff Tinlin

EDITOR’S NOTE: NASSCO just completed its 42nd year and continues to set standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As the association experiences remarkable growth, this series profiles those who have made significant contributions, and impacted the continued ac..

DCA President Mykyte Sees Progress On Workforce, OQ Issues

By Jeff Awalt, Executive Editor DCA Puts Spotlight On Workforce At 57th Annual Convention The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) expects another year of record-breaking attendance when more than 500 members and guests meet on the California coast for its 57th Annual Convention. DCA’s bigg..

PLCA Members Experience Construction Rebound

The year 2017 was one of the busiest on record for the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA), said association President Robert Osborn. “In an industry where workloads run on ups and downs,” Osborn said, “2017 was an upturn. The increase of work from 2016 to 2017 was 45 percent, quite dramatic i..

CIGMAT Strives To Transfer Research To Actual Applications

Research studies performed at the University of Houston’s Center for Innovative Growing Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) are focused on maintaining energy, water and wastewater infrastructure and pipelines; developing new, smart materials for construction, maintenance and repairs; and detecting and..

NASSCO Standard Bearers: Heather Myers

Growing up in Shippensburg, PA, I was lucky enough to have parents who fostered in me a love for culture and the arts. When I entered college, there was no question about my course of studies. I poured my fascination with dance, music, theatre, travel, language and food into the French for Internati..

AEM Launches ‘Behind Every Product’ Campaign

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) launched a major advertising campaign, “Behind Every Product,” to promote the economic contributions of the industry among Washington influencers. “Equipment manufacturers want to be sure that President Trump, members of Congress and other leaders in..

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NASSCO Joins UESI As Charter Organizational Member

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) has become a Charter Organizational Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute (UESI). This partnership furthers UESI’s mission to foster a collaborative and growing institute to mee..

NASSCO Standard Bearers: Mark Metcalf

This month, NASSCO honors Mark Metcalf who epitomizes the association’s commitment to serving the industry in a positive manner. My original career plan was to get into real estate. I received my bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from Arizona State University in 1973, but inst..

INGAA Foundation Names Incoming Executive Director

Industry-veteran Jason M. Goldstein will formally assume the role of executive director of the INGAA Foundation, upon the August 31 retirement of Richard Hoffmann. As executive director, Goldstein will be responsible for managing the Foundation’s technical and economic studies, implementing its str..

DCA, AGA Joint Workshop Engages New Subjects, Expands Existing Efforts

The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) and American Gas Association (AGA) held their third annual Utility Contractor Workshop at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago on April 18-19. Since the first joint workshop, the event has expanded both in attendance, as well as the scope of issues address..

PPI Division’s New Name Reflects Expanding Use Of HDPE Conduit

The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), the major trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry, has renamed its Conduit Division as the Power & Communications Division (PCD).  This change was prompted by growth within the division, uses of conduit in rapidly developing applica..

How To Get The Most From Your PACP-Certified Software

By NASSCO Member Ronnie Flannery-Guy, Business Development, Aqua Data Software certified by NASSCO’s Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) is required to generate and import a standard database file that is fully compatible with PACP. Contractors and system owners across the country have..

Big Crowd Enjoys PCCA Convention

Max Clark didn’t drop the mike when he closed the 2017 Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) annual convention, but he did drop some serious knowledge on an appreciative audience about how to look at your life’s work, how to run a business, and how to love your family. Max provided a ..

ASCE Publishes Updated Practices For Auger Boring

Horizontal Auger Boring Projects, Second Edition, is a comprehensive manual of practice covering horizontal auger boring techniques for pipeline crossing. The second edition of MOP 106 presents current practices for the planning, design and construction of pipelines under highways and railroads usin..