Education & Workforce

John Deere Integrates SmartGrade Technology Into 750K, 850K Dozers

John Deere is building on its lineup of SmartGrade crawler dozers with the integration of the machine control offering on the 750K and 850K models. “The launch of our 700K SmartGrade dozer was a huge hit earlier this year, and many of our customers asked for the grade control technology to be integ..

UT Austin Engineering Becomes New Home for EPA Water Infrastructure Center

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $3.9 million to researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin to establish the new Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management, which will develop and improve open source water infrastructure mo..

Vactor HXX ParaDIGm® Vacuum Excavator Wins Award at 15th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

The Vactor HXX ParaDIGm®, a compact vacuum excavator, has been named a winner at the 15th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. The Chicago Innovation Awards recognize the most innovative new products or services brought to market or public service in the Chicago area each year. The award was presented..

Utility Eyes Burning Thinning Debris to Protect Water Supply

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona water and power utility is conducting an experiment to add forest-thinning debris to coal burned by an electricity-generating plant. It aims to make thinning more economical to help avoid devastating wildfires producing runoff that would contaminate reservoirs. A tes..

Brooklyn-to-Staten Island Drinking Water Tunnel is Activated

NEW YORK (AP) — A $250 million drinking water tunnel from Brooklyn to Staten Island that had been delayed by Superstorm Sandy has been activated. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday that the tunnel is a critical backup that can deliver up to 150 million gallons of safe drinking water per day t..

Agency to Help Oklahoma Cities Map Water Infrastructure Digitally

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Bert Curtis said the city of Davis‘ water infrastructure is mapped in his head, after working in the public utilities department for more than three decades. Now that map is on the web, and the division director’s employees can find water meters and fire hydrants using an iPad. ..

Water Research Foundation Releases Results from Ongoing Study on Direct Potable Reuse

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has released interim results from the project “Blending Requirements for Water from Direct Potable Reuse Treatment Facilities.” The objective of this project is to provide guidance for the appropriate use of blending as part of a direct potable reuse (DPR) project..

New Chief Technology Officer Joins the Water Council

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and The Water Council have named Dr. David Garman as the new Chief Technology Officer for The Water Council. Dr. Garman will specifically lead The Water Council’s new initiative called the ICE (Innovation Commercialization Exchange) Institute while continu..

Promising Earthquake Resistant Steel Pipe For Water, Oil, Gas

Devastation caused by major earthquakes is well-known – dramatic video clips vividly document the destruction of collapsed buildings, caved-in highways, fallen bridges and debris scattered across the landscape. However, not all damage is visible. Violent shifts underground can rupture water, sewer..

Hydromax USA and Detection Services Propose Exclusive Licensing Agreement

Hydromax USA announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Detection Services, Australia, to enter into an exclusive licensing agreement to deliver pipeline inspection services to the water and sewer sectors in the United States, Canada and other selected markets. Under the proposed ag..

North America and Europe Expected to Account for over 90 Percent of Investment in Water Management Solutions Through 2025

A recent report from Navigant Research examines the landscape for water management technologies and services in intelligent buildings, including global market forecasts for revenue, through 2025. Investment in water management delivers economic and sustainability benefits, but the pace and scale of..

Electro Scan Announces Integration With Innovyze® InfoMaster for Sewer

Electro Scan Inc. has completed data integration between its flagship sewer condition assessment solution and the Innovyze® InfoMaster for Sewer product. Electro Scan’s breakthrough technology evaluates 360-degrees of a pipe wall to accurately locate and measure defects in gallons per minute (GPM) ..

UCTA Gulf Coast Debuts “Innovative Technology Transfer”

As a change-up to its usual lunch-and-speaker format, the Underground Technology Association (UCTA) Gulf Coast chapter hosted an Innovative Technology Transfer event on Aug. 3. Eleven vendors exhibited and presented the latest construction, restoration and rehabilitation products and services. Disp..

Trenchless Technology Center to Present Mini-Seminars

The Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University has launched a series of special educational programs aimed at providing detailed information about modern trenchless construction, rehabilitation and asset management. The TTC Min-Seminars are offered each fall quarter at the university..

Life Cycle Cost Assessment Tool Developed For Utility Decision Makers

University of Michigan researchers have developed a life cycle cost assessment (LCCA) tool for use by utility decision makers to evaluate both economic and environmental impacts on water pipelines throughout their service lives. The tool allows for different pipe sizes, flows and locations, providin..

AGA White Paper: Reducing Pipeline Damages from the Use of Horizontal Directional Drilling

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Xylem's UV Disinfection Technology Approved in California

Xylem’s Wedeco LBX 850e and LBX 1500e ultraviolet (UV) disinfection systems have received acceptance from the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water*. These closed-vessel UV systems are now validated and approved for unrestricted reuse applications to meet the st..

WaterTAP Announces Better Best Practices Initiative

The Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) has launched its Better Best Practices Initiative. Better Best Practices is a series of collaborative projects that seek to continuously improve water management and leadership in Ontario by addressing challenges that can represent barriers to th..

Geotechnics For Trenchless Short Course

Planning is being finalized on a Geotechnics for Trenchless Construction short course co-sponsored by the Colorado School of Mines Center for Underground Construction and Louisiana Tech’s Trenchless Technology Center. The three-day session will be held Nov. 1-3 at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM)..

CUIRE To Hold Trenchless Technology Inspector Training School

CUIRE will hold its 15th annual trenchless technology inspector training and certification schools Jan. 29-30, 2017, in conjunction with the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, TX. This year’s program includes a full-day of Geote..

Gear up for Annual Fall Grout Boot Camp

The tradition continues as Aries, Avanti and Logiball join forces to produce the Annual Fall Group Boot Camp in Lithia Springs, GA, Sept. 14-15. Designed to enhance understanding of how and why injection grouting stops water infiltration in collection systems, the two-day boot camp caters to those ..

HCSS to Award $50,000 in Scholarships to Construction Interns

Construction software developer HCSS is now accepting submissions for the company’s 2016 Construction Intern Awards, where $50,000 in college scholarships will be awarded to students in construction-related fields. The winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship. In addition, four other finalists will..

TTC Announces Second Annual Auger Boring School

The Trenchless Technology Center has announced details for its second annual Auger Boring School to be held Oct. 3-7 at the National Trenchless Technology Research Facility at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. The school is being sponsored by Underground Construction magazine, American Auger..

p-CAT Quickly Tests Thousands Of Feet Of Pipe To Identify Hot Spots

Hydromax USA and Detection Services have come together to deliver p-CAT, a low-cost, non-invasive, non-destructive, reliable and safe solution for pipe condition assessment, while the system is in operation. Often described as a pipe screening tool, p-CAT can quickly test thousands of feet of pipe ..

New Water Research Foundation Reports Showcase Utility Innovations in Water Conservation and Energy Recovery

The Water Research Foundation (WRF), a leading sponsor of research supporting the water community, has published two projects on innovative methods to pursue water conservation and energy recovery. The water conservation technology project (#4227) explored the use of “smart” irrigation controllers t..

Melfred Borzall adds new transmitter housing for mini drill rigs

New to Borzall’s housing line-up is a 2.5″ diameter housing that is compatible with Borzall’s new line of 3.5″ blades, as well as small OEM blades. Made for mini drills with up to 10,000 lb. thrust, this housing is smaller, shorter, and lighter to make those service bores quick and easy. Manufactur..

DCA/AGA Workshop Dives Into New Issues, Workforce Development

The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) and American Gas Association (AGA) recently held the Third Annual DCA/AGA workshop in Chicago. The workshop has grown in interest, attendance and in the range of issues addressed by a host of panels and speakers. These sessions discussed ways to improve..

Mitsubishi Electric and Sembcorp Industries to Testbed Ozone Backwashing Energy-Saving Membrane Bioreactor

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will collaborate with Sembcorp Industries Ltd in late-stage testing of its Ozone Backwashing Energy-Saving Membrane Bioreactor (Eco-MBR), a new technology for low-energy wastewater treatment and water recycling. According to Mitsubishi Electric, initial tests have sh..

PG&E Tests Safety Drones For Infrastructure Inspections

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced its current testing of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, to enhance the safety and reliability of its electric and gas services. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorized PG&E’s use of drones to assist with electric and gas infra..

Interceptor Condition Assessment Program Spurs Environmental, Economic Benefits

The Fort Worth (Texas) Water Department earned a 2016 Texas Environmental Excellence Award – the highest environmental honor in the state – in the category of Innovative Operations/Management for its Interceptor Condition Assessment Program (ICAP), This new technology allows for more effective inspe..