Education & Workforce

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 www.oqip.org

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.

PPI Announces Oil and Gas Pipeline Training and Fusion Course

The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), the major North American trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry, announced that its next training seminar for the energy industry will focus on the proper use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and composite pipe for oil and gas gathering including process water lines.

Rosendin Engages, Encourages Students in Construction Careers

Electrical contractor Rosendin participated in the 18th Annual Arizona Construction Career Days, held at the Arizona Army National Guard in Phoenix. Nearly 3,500 students and 400 teachers from 130 schools and 12 counties attended, traveling from as far as Yuma, Winslow and the Navajo Reservation.

United Rentals Tackles Worksite Challenges with Digital Solutions, Innovation

United Rentals has launched a comprehensive effort to help construction and industrial companies tackle the challenges of today’s worksite, where projects are getting larger and more complex, equipment is often underutilized, labor markets are tighter, regulations more stringent, and the gap between productivity and opportunity is widening.

PLCA Effectively Tackles New Industry Challenges

Members of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) closed out a strong year in 2019, but the year’s workload totals fell short of the previous year.

Survey Recognizes Company Leaders for Underground Infrastructure

A recent in-depth survey by Underground Construction magazine revealed the most recognizable companies among personnel within the underground utility and pipeline infrastructure market place.

New for UCT 2020: Hands-On Assessment Zone Highlights Modern Methods, Technologies

Another unique, interactive education and demonstration zone has been added to the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition scheduled Jan. 28 -30, 2020, at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas.

Doosan Infracore Demonstrates Automated Construction Site Solution

Doosan Infracore has unveiled ‘Concept-X’, an automated worksite control solution, at its Proving Grounds in Boryeong City, Korea.

PPI Publishes New Documents

Two guides detailing the steps for electrofusing joints and couplings for HDPE pipelines are available from the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI).

Virtual Reality Training Prepares Gas Field Personnel for Emergency Leak Calls

A new virtual reality training module for natural gas leak emergency first responders is now available for use by the industry.

Discussions Continue on Potential Combining of NACE International and SSPC

Leadership from both NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings continue to discuss a potential combining of the two industry organizations.

NASSCO Standard Bearers: Jerry Botts

EDITOR’S NOTE: NASSCO, now in its 45th year, continues to set standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. A vast array of individuals has contributed to the success of the association, both in the past and present, that has driven NASSCO’s industry mission. This se..