Education & Workforce

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..

Upper Trinity’s Patterson to Deliver UCT Sewer/Water Keynote

Larry N. Patterson, P.E., executive director of the Upper Trinity Regional Water District, will deliver the keynote address for the water and sewer industry at the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT), Jan. 28–30, 2020.

New John Deere Facility Supports Training Needs, Customer Visits, Events

John Deere’s new 7,500-square-foot facility in Coal Valley, Ill., is part of the Construction & Forestry Training Campus and includes three classrooms that can be used separately for training purposes or combined to hold more than 250 people for larger events. In addition, nearly 4,000 square feet of covered canopy space provides outdoor training and equipment walkarounds.

CUIRE Board

Abu Abraham, P.E. Technical Manager Instituform Technologies   Robert  A. Carpenter Editor-in-Chief Underground Construction   Walter Chiang, P.E. Founder & Director CP&Y Inc.   Bruce Hollands Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association   Aaron Houming Ni Asoe Hose Manufacturing Inc.   Julia J. H..

The 14th Annual Trenchless Technology Class is Offered

This summer, the 14th annual trenchless technology and pipeline construction course was offered at the University of Texas at Arlington.

NASTT Student Chapter Members Visit Dallas Tunneling Site

In May, 42 construction engineering and management students, and members of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology Student Chapter at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) visited the construction site for the Mill Creek Tunnel in Dallas.

CUIRE Holds Annual Conferences

CUIRE Schools at UCT CUIRE held its 17th annual trenchless technology inspector training and certification schools on Jan. 28–29, at the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention Center in conjunction with the Underground Construction Technology (UCT) conference. This year’s program included two sessions focu..

No Dig India Show 2019

No Dig India Show (NDIS) 2019 will discuss core issues where trenchless technology can provide sustainable solutions for underground space, a most vital asset for any smart city and smart society. NDIS 2019 will be held Dec. 11–13 at Aerocity, New Delhi, India.

Trenchless Book Goes Into 2nd Edition

The most comprehensive and popular trenchless technology book available today, published in 2005 by McGraw-Hill, goes into its second edition in late 2020.

Najafi to Receive TTC’s Distinguished Alumni Award

In its 30th year of operation, the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) at Louisiana Tech University has decided to award the first Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Mo Najafi, director of CUIRE.

CUIRE Laboratory Receives a 330-kip Actuator

In February, CUIRE purchased a 330-kip actuator from MTS Company for its soil box testing of underground pipes. This actuator will be used for the NCHRP SAPL Project to develop structural design methodology for Spray Applied Pipe Liners (SAPLs) in gravity stormwater conveyance conduits through actual size soil box testing.

CTAM Workshop Returns to Atlanta

The Buried Asset Management Institute-International (BAMI-I) has teamed up with the city of Atlanta, Department of Watershed Management (DWM) to hold the fourth classroom format of the Certificate of Training in Asset Management (CTAM 100-400) course on Sept. 9-12.

WasteWise Winners Divert Waste from Landfills

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 10 winners of its 2018 WasteWise program, which encourages organizations and businesses to achieve sustainability in their practices and reduce select industrial wastes. For 2018, winners collectively prevented more than 356,000 tons of waste from entering landfills and saved their organizations more than $19.6 million in avoided landfill fees.

TC Energy Funding ‘Pipeline Academy’ at Louisiana Technical College

A Louisiana technical college has received a $1 million donation from TC Energy to enable students to gain hands-on pipeline experience at its new “pipeline academy.”

NASSCO Annual Convention Brings New Traditions

NASSCO’s 2019 Annual Conference kept traditions alive at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Ritz Carlton Hotel in April, by welcoming members and guests to the event with a poolside reception. Other traditions included activities such as the golf tournament and awards banquet, where the incoming and outgoing board of directors were recognized, the Trainer of the Year was announced and two new members were inducted to the Select Society of Sanitary Sewer Sleuths.

National Excavator Initiative Launches with Help of Celebrity

The importance of pipes, wires and cables buried underground that support our daily lives is being “unearthed” with the help of Executive Producer, Host and Author Mike Rowe and his animated alter ego “micro Mike Rowe.”

Surveying & Geomatics 2020 Conference Issues Call for Abstracts

The Steering Committee of the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute’s 2020 Surveying & Geomatics Conference is accepting abstracts for presentations and special panel sessions at the conference. Submissions can be made until Sept. 26, 2019, by visiting the conference website – surveyingconference.org – and selecting “Call for Submissions,” then “Submit Now.”

Canadian CGA Schedules Symposium

The 7th annual Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) Damage Prevention Symposium will take place Oct. 8-10 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Focusing on critical issues specific to Canadian stakeholders, this event features training and networking opportunities with those committed to damage prevention throughout Canada.

TTC, BAMI-I Present One-Day Asset Management Workshop

The Buried Asset Management Institute (BAMI-I) presented a one-day, overview version of its comprehensive certification program for water asset managers, CTAM, for the New Jersey Water Environment Association in early May. More than 40 professionals attended the workshop and received CEU/PDH credit...

Diversified Infrastructure Providers Reshaping Private Water Landscape

The U.S. municipal water landscape is undergoing a transformation, as critical infrastructure services – water, gas, and electricity – converge under single investor-owned utility banners. This trend is highlighted by the growing roster of diversified infrastructure service providers owning water and wastewater utilities in the U.S., according to a new report from Bluefield Research.

NASSCO Standard Bearers—Tad Powell

NASSCO, now in its 45th year, continues to set standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. A vast array of individuals have contributed to the success of the association, both in the past and present, that has driven NASSCO’s industry mission. This series of articles recognizes those who have not only been critical to the success of NASSCO, but the industry as well.

Convention Review: APCA Holds Successful Key Largo Convention

Basking in beautiful weather and world-class hospitality, nearly 300 American Pipeline Contractors Association members, family and friends convened at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., for the 2019 APCA Convention. Attendees took advantage of topical education sessions, a variety of networking opportunities, fascinating tours and the 2nd Annual Associates Exhibit & Breakfast. They also honored outgoing APCA President William Schettine of Meridien Energy and enjoyed a lively keynote speech from football legend and American hero Rocky Bleier.

Convention Review: APCA Holds Successful Key Largo Convention

Attendees took advantage of topical education sessions, a variety of networking opportunities, fascinating tours and the 2nd Annual Associates Exhibit & Breakfast. They also honored outgoing APCA President William Schettine of Meridien Energy and enjoyed a lively keynote speech from football legend and American hero Rocky Bleier.

HDD Contractors Share Successful Approaches to Modern Workforce Challenges

The North American HDD market is booming, and opportunities for growth appear limited only by the size of the industry’s workforce. At a roundtable sponsored by Underground Construction magazine, industry leaders discussed common workforce challenges faced by contractors today and successful approaches to address them.

DCA Supports SkillsUSA for Workforce Development

The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), headquartered in Richardson, Texas, has partnered with SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit focused on workforce development.

PPI Offers Free Course on Selecting, Specifying HDPE for Power, Communications

The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI) launched a new Continuing Education Unit (CEU)-style course about design, installation and specification of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit and duct. Selecting & Specifying HDPE Conduit for Power and Communications Applications can be downloaded free from the PPI website.

WSSC Now Accepting Applications for Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarship Program

LAUREL, Md. – Why is tap water better than bottled? That’s what engineering students will answer as part of their application to WSSC’s annual Commissioners’ Engineering Scholarship Program, worth up to $10,000 in scholarship money and paid internship experience over four years. The scholarship prog..

NASSCO: Active Year Marks Diverse Efforts For NASSCO

Welcoming a new executive director, continuing programs to establish and improve wastewater infrastructure standards, and educating the industry about maintaining and rehabilitating sewer infrastructure kept members and staff of NASSCO busy throughout 2018.

Maryland Stormwater Partnership Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget

A stormwater partnership between Prince George’s County, Maryland and Corvias reported it has completed its initial pilot phase ahead of schedule and under budget.