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Plastic Pipes Institute introduces free online Conduit Design Calculator

Plastic Pipes Institute introduced a free online calculator that allows you to input your project details and tells you the safe wall thickness for your intended installation.

New Ditch Witch MT164 brings added flexibility to power and fiber-optic jobsites

Built to help power and fiber-optic contractors easily create a clean, narrow trench in one pass, the new Ditch Witch MT164 microtrencher attachment offers maximum compact cable installation performance.

Tips to Keep Equipment Running in Cold Weather from United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. shared maintenance best practices to help keep excavators, aerial work platforms, skid steers, loaders and other equipment running smoothly and productively on worksites during the cold season.

George Kurz Honored as MVP at UCT Conference

George Kurz was honored at a MVP luncheon on July 13, the first day of Underground Construction Technology conference, in Nashville, Tenn.

John Deere and National Grid Joint Test the Partnership’s First Electric-Powered Backhoe

John Deere has announced an electric backhoe concept.

Eliminating the Need for Pulling Augers

S.J. Louis Companies recently deployed an auger-boring steerable rock system to complete an on-grade sewer install in record time.

Barbco Adds Another Patent to Growing List

Barbco, Inc. Co-Owner and CEO, Anthony R. Barbera was granted a U.S. Patent for the “Material Exhaust Connection For Horizontal Bore” on Jan. 7.

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.

Making the Grade: Tracking On-Grade Bores

Two 300-foot bores, 17 feet deep, through 44,000 psi of basalt – all at a 0.75 percent grade. It’s just another day’s work for Logan Kallwick and his crews.

Steering Through Sandy Soils to Upgrade City Sewer System

The economy in Garden City, Kan., is strong with the recent opening of a Dairy Farmers of America plant. Approximately 4 million pounds of milk from regional farmers makes its way to the plant each day, which has led to expansion for many other companies throughout the area. To keep up with the expected growth from the dairy industry and retail stores being constructed nearby, Garden City is upgrading existing utilities to ensure they are prepared to handle current and future needs.

2018 Drilling Fluids Guide

BENTONITE Baroid Industrial Drilling Products, (281) 871-4613, baroididp.com Aquagel: Premium grade Wyoming sodium bentonite used as viscosifier and filtrate reducer in freshwater drilling fluids. Meets the requirements of API Specification 13A, Section 9. NSF/ANSI Standard 60 certified. Bore-Gel..

Vermeer Introduces MUD Hub Slurry Solidification System

The new Vermeer MUD Hub slurry solidification system helps control the costs, time and complexity of drilling fluid management. Using the Vermeer ST2000 slat tank and the Surface to Surface (STS) FL-243 solidification mixer, MUD Hub helps create stackable material for convenient transfer and disposa..

HDD: DRILLING FLUIDS

Wyo-Ben wyoben.com Wyo-Ben Inc. has responded to increasing regulatory pressure and customer inquiries on the disposal of spent drilling fluids by introducing SOLIDIBOND 1.1 and SOLIDIBOND 2.2.  Slurries solidified with SOLIDIBOND pass the paint filter test, allowing for less-expensive disposal as..

CETCO

cetco.com CETCO introduced HERCULA-EZ, a cutting-edge additive used in conjunction with its bentonite-based drilling muds for horizontal directional drilling (HDD). With proper formulation, the system will produce a unique drilling fluid with excellent shear-thinning characteristics. At low shear ..

TTC Auger Boring School Garners Support, Success

In February, the Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) and the National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) held the second annual auger boring school (ABS) on the Louisiana Tech campus in Ruston, LA. The ABS program, initially conceived by Leo Barbara, is now supported by both the TTC and NUCA. Wi..

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..

Georgia’s Mixed Geology Requires Unique Solution: Two-Headed Cutting Machine

Can one machine tackle vastly different types of ground? That’s the problem a Georgia-based contractor faced. When beginning the installation of a new 54-inch-diameter water main in Cobb County, GA, which included three trenchless crossings through multiple ground conditions, Strack Inc. needed one..

American Augers Introduces Electric Auger Boring Machine

American Augers has introduced a new electric auger boring machine (ABM), the 600,000-pound-thrust model 36/42-600E. “Because it produces no exhaust, there are many situations where electric power offers significant benefits,” said Richard Levings, American Augers director of product management. “..

Coach Turned Auger Boring Contractor Has Plays To Save Time, Resources

Basketball and auger boring are two completely unrelated topics unless Mike Boyd has a say in it. At the end of a lengthy career of coaching basketball, he knew he’d miss the excitement and strategy he left on the court. He took that dedication and applied it to his new contracting company, Three Po..

Georgia’s Mixed Geology Requires Unique Solution: Two-Headed Cutting Machine (1)

Can one machine tackle vastly different types of ground? That’s the problem a Georgia-based contractor faced. When beginning the installation of a new 54-inch-diameter water main in Cobb County, GA, which included three trenchless crossings through multiple ground conditions, Strack Inc. needed one..

Poland Pipeline Crossing In A Single Step Using Direct Pipe Technology

In the fall of 2016, drilling contractor PPI Chrobok S.A. installed two new gas pipelines in Poland. The alignment, which runs along existing gas lines and through geologically challenging terrain, marked the first use of Herrenknecht’s Direct Pipe technology in Poland. With the construction of a n..

M-I SWACO Drilplex HDD Inorganic Viscosifier

M-I SWACO, a Schlumberger company, offers Drilplex HDD inorganic viscosifier, specially engineered for water-based bentonite drilling fluids to accommodate both maxi and mini HDD rigs. Drilplex HDD allows the formulation of fluids with shear-thinning properties, resulting in a drilling fluid with bo..

CETCO VELOXITY-PRO Drilling Fluid Improves Cuttings Removal

CETCO’s newest drilling fluid has been created to improve cuttings removal, as well as circulation. This high-quality bentonite drilling fluid increases viscosity and lowers fluid loss. VELOXITY-PRO mixes quickly and easily in freshwater and will improve borehole stability. This NSF/ANSI Standard 60..

TRU-BORE Designed For Difficult Drilling Operations

TRU-BORE® is a highly concentrated bentonite based drilling fluid designed for difficult drilling operations in both vertical and horizontal borings. It is extremely effective high performance viscosifier for horizontal drilling applications to maintain hole integrity during pullback. It is non-toxi..

Updated TTC Auger Boring School Slated For February 2017

The Trenchless Technology Center  (TTC) will hold its second Auger Boring School (ABS) on Feb. 13-17, 2017, at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, LA. Auger boring has been around since the 1930s when the first homemade machines were used to mine coal. For years, knowledge and information about the auger bor..

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..

Cradle Boring Makes A Comeback

Installing pipeline across the United States, once a booming business in the 1960s, slowed in the late 80s and 90s. Today, thanks to the discovery of shale oil and gas, it’s back – and so is the cradle boring machine. In fact, there has been a dramatic increase in pipeline projects worldwide in rec..

McLaughlin On-Target Auger Boring Steering System

The McLaughlin On Target auger boring steering system allows contractors to control the direction of the bore in a lateral movement for improved accuracy. The steering head is controlled by hydraulic actuated panels that keep the bore on the intended path. Auger boring is a cost-efficient way to ins..

Filter Out Solids From Drilling Fluids With The Vermeer R9x12T Reclaimer

The Vermeer R9x12T Reclaimer utilizes a series of shakers, cones and screens to filter out solids from drilling fluids, and it can hold up to 8,560 gallons (32,403.1 L). Powered by a 3 phase 250 kW (313 kVA) generator, the R9x12T has four shakers that can clean 600 gpm (2271 L/min). Depending on the..

MCT 450 “Mud Man” Drill Fluid Mixing and Cleaning System from Mud Technology

The MCT 450 “Mud Man” Drill Fluid Mixing and Cleaning System from Mud Technology has cutting edge technology. The 2400 gallon, two-section tank includes 450 plus gpm of cleaning capacity. It features high “G” force “AWD” linear shaker, five-inch cone desilter bank, high shear/low pressure mixing hop..