Education & Workforce

UCT Moves to Late Spring

The Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) has been moved from late January 2021 to May 18-20 at Music City Center in Nashville.

New Fusion Guides for Gas Piping Available from PPI

The Plastics Pipe Institute has developed two technical new reports on the fusion of polyethylene and PA12 pipe.

How to Build a Customized Excavation Protective System

Some excavation projects are clear-cut and just require selecting the right excavation protective system for the job. Other projects, such as deep or complex trenches, need a custom-engineered solution.

Suicide Serious Issue for Construction Industry

CIASP’s stated goals include increasing awareness about the risk of suicide within the construction industry and to develop suicide prevention resources and tools to create a zero-suicide industry.

Underground Utilities Take Center Stage in Nashville

Scheduled for Jan. 26–28 in Nashville, UCT is a true business event for the underground utility infrastructure professional. You can network with representatives from companies involved in operational, engineering, construction, rehabilitation, maintenance and services from every segment of the underground utility pipe industry.

UCT 2021 Tunes in to Education, Networking in ‘Music City’

The underground utility infrastructure is an essential service and now, more than ever, maintaining it effectively and efficiently is crucial. By attending the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT), Jan. 26–28, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn., you will enhance your ability to do just that.

CUIRE Graduate Students Receive Scholarships

Zahra (Ellie) Kohankar Kouchesfehani Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering with research in the design of spray-applied linings (SAPLs) for structural applications Society of Iranian American Women for Education (SIAWE) Endowed Scholarship, 2020 Outstanding Civil Engineering Ph.D. Student Award,..

CUIRE, NASSCO Continue Strategic Partnership

Together, NASSCO and CUIRE promote the need for quality assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation standards to sustain wastewater collection systems, as well as for thoroughly trained, qualified and certified practitioners, as critical components of the public health infrastructure.

Use of Spray Applied Pipe Linings as Structural Renewal for Gravity Stormwater Conveyance Conduits

Since December 2017, a group of researchers from CUIRE at the University of Texas at Arlington has been developing design methodologies for structural applications of spray applied pipe linings (SAPLs) in the renewal of culverts and drainage structures.

CUIRE 19th Annual Certification Schools

CUIRE, of the University of Texas at Arlington, will hold its 19th annual Pipeline and Trenchless Technology Training and Certification Schools in conjunction with the Underground Construction Technology (UCT) International Conference & Exhibition.

Cross Bore Risk Reduction Protects Contractors

Published in February 2020, by the Cross Bore Safety Association, Leading Practices for Cross Bore Risk Reduction is the direct result of the industry’s expressed desire to have a high-confidence guidance document to help ensure cross bores are not created and, if existing, eliminated.

Common Ground Alliance Announces Damage Prevention Conference & Expo

The Common Ground Alliance has announced its 2021 CGA Conference & Expo from March 2-5, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

Eagerly Waiting to Welcome and Educate you in January

Unfortunately, every major live trade show opportunity since March has been cancelled. It’s time to get back to serious business by attending the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT). UCT will be held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 26–28..

Trenchless Technology Center Report: Diverse TTC Programs Provide Industry Benefits

The Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University once again had an active year of research, training and growth, with its Industry Advisory Board (IAB) continuing to meet its mission to advance trenchless technology by serving as an independent source of knowledge, research and education in the industry.

Operator Qualification Integrity Process Website Now Live

The website of the Operator Qualification Integrity Process or OQIP is now live at

NUCA of Middle Tennessee Announces Winner of 2020 Trench Safety Stand Down Week Contest

The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Utility Contractors Association of America (NUCA) has announced the winner of it's first every Trench Safety Stand Down (TSSD) contest last week as part of the association's annual TSSD Week.

New Industry Survey Shows Construction Activity Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels

A new survey released by the Association of General Contractors (AGC) of America shows that construction activity across the country is returning to levels from before the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the economy.

New Mexico Offers COVID-19 Testing for Utility Workers

The state of New Mexico is offering COVID-19 testing to utility workers as part of a statewide effort to keep essential workers healthy and to meet state testing goals.

WEFTEC 2020 Moves to Virtual Event

The annual Water Environment Federation conference has been renamed to WEFTEC Connect and moved to a virtual event over concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

22nd Annual Directional Drilling Survey

This exclusive Underground Construction industry research was conducted during March and April. It surveyed contractors and utilities that actively own and operate HDD units to enable a statistical portrayal of the market.

UESI Pipelines 2020 Conference Moves to Virtual Event

The Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI) Pipelines 2020 Conference originally scheduled for August 2020 in San Antonio, TX has been moved to a virtual event in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

NACE Partially Reopens Houston Training Center, Offers Online Courses

NACE International will begin reopening its Houston-based training center at the end of the month.

DCA Restructures Industry Meetings

DCA has canceled its previously scheduled meetings for this year and reorganized both events into a single event.

NACE International Corrosion 2020 Conference Cancelled Due to Pandemic

NACE International has officially canceled its Corrosion 2020 Conference and Expo.

Volvo CE Produces, Donates Personal Protective Equipment to Local Healthcare Workers

Volvo CE employees have contributed their time and talents to building personal protective equipment for healthcare workers in the American North East.

TTC Publishes Environmental Impact Study of Steam-Cured CIPP

In response to recent questions about the environmental impact of emissions from steam cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) projects, the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University has published results from its extensive study related to the issue.

UCT Showstopper Winners Draw Attention

Three companies exhibiting at the 2020 Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) took home prestigious UCT Show Stopper Awards earlier this year.

AGC Survey Shows 28% of Contractor Projects Impacted by Coronavirus

A recent survey by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) shows that over 25% of contractor projects have been delayed or halted in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Construction Industry Calls on Local Leaders to Keep Work Sites Open

Construction industry organizations are asking local leaders to view construction work as essential and keep job sites open around the country.

Working in Confined Spaces: Be Safe, Not Sorry

In construction and industry, some potential hazards are visibly manifest, such as the risk of falls from heights. Others are more hidden. A confined space may not look dangerous, but workers perish each year because someone assumed the air inside was safe to breathe, when testing would have revealed that it wasn’t.