Underground Infrastructure

Two Cities Add HDPE for Reliable Water Infrastructure

The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. This is a dependable indicator in psychology, but two cities in Minnesota found this to be especially true when applied to pipe performance.

2020 Outlook and Utility & Communications Construction Update

The United States construction market is steady and growing slightly amidst the second-longest period of sustained economic expansion since 1964. Despite fears of an impending slowdown, FMI Research projects that construction put-in-place will increase year-over-year by slightly less than 1 percent in 2019 (down from 3 percent in 2018).

$234 Billion CAPEX Expected over Next 10 Years for Water/Wastewater Infrastructure

More than $234 billion of capital expenditures (CAPEX) are forecasted over the next decade to address aging municipal water and wastewater pipe network infrastructure. Precipitated by decades of underinvestment, municipal utilities are under increasing pressure to address deteriorating linear assets at a faster pace.

USDA to Invest Over $630 Million in Water Improvement for Rural Communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy has announced that the department is investing $635 million in 122 projects to improve water systems and wastewater handling services in rural communities in 42 states.

New Jersey Capital City Spending $150 Million to Replace Lead Pipes

All 37,000 of the lead water pipes in New Jersey’s capital city will be replaced over the next five years at an estimated cost of $150 million, Trenton officials said Thursday.

Construction Begins to Repair Damage From 120 Million Gallon Sewer Leaks in Florida

Construction has begun to repair damaged sewer lines in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida after nearly 130 million gallons of sewer water leaked over several days last December.

FERC Approves Chesapeake Utilities Pipeline Expansion

Chesapeake Utilities has announced that FERC has issued an order approving the Company's proposed Del-Mar Energy pipeline project.

USDA to Invest Over $630 Million in Water Improvement for Rural Communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing over $630 million in water infrastructure improvements for rural communities across 42 states.

Proposed ASTM Standard Supports Water Main Pipe Rehabilitation

ASTM International’s committee on plastic piping systems (F17) is developing a proposed standard for replacing old and failing distribution water main pipes.

Quadex’s Stag Technologies Division Transitioning into Materials Development Group

As part of its long-term growth strategy, Quadex LLC, a division of the Vortex Companies, is renaming and positioning its Stag Technologies division as its Materials Development Group.

Perma-Liner Rolls Out Road Shows, New Product for Tackling Infrastructure Rehab

With aging infrastructure and broken sewer lines being common themes that more and more communities are experiencing, Perma-Liner Industries LLC hosted events to share innovative, trenchless technology, and state-of-the-art equipment and materials to tackle these issues in the least disruptive manner.

East Trunk Sewer Project Solves Weather Risk

Kimberly Paggioli, P.E. While rain is often a welcome sight along the western shore of Lake Michigan, some Mequon, Wis., residents and business owners began to eye the prospect of precipitation with dread. After numerous hazardous and costly sanitary sewer backups, it was clear that a plan of acti..

Stormwater Pipe Replacement in Florida

Communities large and small across the United States are facing a hidden crisis – failing underground water and sewer pipes.

Plaquemines Parish Gets $4 million for Water Infrastructure

The federal government is giving one Louisiana parish a $4 million grant to help improve the water infrastructure.

Kentucky Infrastructure Project Awarded Engineering Design Feat of the Year

A Kentucky-based sewer collection system improvement project has been awarded Best-in-Class by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) during its 2019 National Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition.

UC Survey Reveals Major Trends for Underground Infrastructure

A comprehensive survey of our readers has provided a unique snapshot of market expectations for future underground construction trends. Topping the list: More trenchless applications and HDD.

South Carolina: Google can Pump Drinking Water for Servers

South Carolina is allowing Google to cool its servers by pumping nearly 550 million gallons of water annually from a declining aquifer.

New Jersey Gas Utility Pipeline Project Named Project of the Year

A $900 million gas main upgrade project responsible for upgrading over 500 miles of gas lines has been named as Project of the Year by the Project Management Institute - New Jersey Chapter.

New Orleans Could Get Up to $111 Million Loan for Sewer Upgrades

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a $111 million loan for the City New Orleans to help upgrade and improve its aging sewer infrastructure.

Utility & Communications Construction Update

The summer construction season of 2019 saw further decline for the Utility & Communications Construction Index (UCCI) companies relative to the S&P 500. From June through September, the S&P 500 is up over 3 percent, while the UCCI had declines of approximately 1.4 percent.

Queens, New York Breaks Ground on $139 Million Upgrade Project

A New York neighborhood has broken ground on a $139 million renovation across 25 blocks which will include, among other things, several miles of sewer and water infrastructure upgrades.

Plaquemines Parish Gets $4 million for Water Infrastructure

The federal government is giving one Louisiana parish a $4 million grant to help improve the water infrastructure.

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.

Michigan Offers Grants for Rural Industry, Infrastructure

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is offering grants supporting land-based industries and infrastructure that benefit rural communities.

Gas Explosion Hits Office, Shopping Complex

A powerful natural gas explosion badly damaged a Maryland office complex and shopping center Sunday morning, ripping away part of the facade and exposing twisted metal, authorities said.

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.

New Publication Promotes SUE Understanding, Up-to-Date Practices

Subsurface utility engineering (SUE) is ideally knowing as much as possible about a subsurface project prior to starting the design process. SUE incorporates existing and emerging technology to identify, characterize, and map underground utility facilities.

Aegion Corporation Awarded $5.7 Million Wastewater Pipeline Rehabilitation Contract in Montgomery, Alabama

Aegion Corporation has announced that its subsidiary, Insituform Technologies, LLC, has been awarded a $5.7 million wastewater pipeline rehabilitation contract in Montgomery, Alabama.

Utility & Communications Construction Update

Mixed revenue and profitability results marked the second quarter of 2019 for the utility and communications industry, particularly among the publicly traded members of the Utility & Communications Construction Index (UCCI). Quanta Services continues to increase both its revenue and profitability. UCCI companies are near all-time highs of revenue, but experienced declines in profit margins during the quarter.

Worker Rescued After Trench Collapse in Western Michigan

A construction worker has been hospitalized after being rescued from a trench that collapsed in western Michigan.

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