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Southeast Directional Drilling Puts the Bend in Hickory Bend Project Southeast Directional Drilling Puts the Bend in Hickory Bend Project
Nov 14, 2014
When Associated Pipe Line Contractors needed approximately 16,800 ft of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) work done on the Hickory Bend gathering and processing system in Pennsylvania and Ohio, the Houston-based company turned to Southeast Directional Drilling. more >>

 

Know Your Bits Know Your Bits
Nov 14, 2014
HDD rock drilling brings with it a number of technical challenges. The bidding process alone is challenging because oftentimes the customer who is requesting bids has little information available about ground formations. Many drilling contractors find themselves conjecturing about what kinds of conditions they will encounter on many jobs, especially when they’re unfamiliar with the area. more >>

 

Drilling Fluids:  It’s About the Chemistry Drilling Fluids: It’s About the Chemistry
Nov 14, 2014
Drilling fluids are critical to success in horizontal directional drilling (HDD) applications. Since drilling fluid is required to perform a variety of functions, it is important to know why and how it can be such an effective tool and, at the fundamental level, it really is all about chemistry. more >>

 

Japanese Manufacturer Considering Move to U.S. Market Japanese Manufacturer Considering Move to U.S. Market
Nov 13, 2014
The latest company looking to take a bite out of the North America’s growing pipe relining market is Ashimori Industry Co. Ltd., of Japan, with its PALTEM family of products. more >>

 

P3: What’s in a Name and What Does It Mean for Utility Contractors? P3: What’s in a Name and What Does It Mean for Utility Contractors?
Nov 13, 2014
P3 — folks that deal with public construction have become as familiar with this little abbreviation as the world is with Einstein’s E=mc˛. Yet the name recognition rarely equates to a genuine understanding of what either stands for or how they work. Fortunately for you and this writer, understanding P3s doesn’t require an advanced science degree. more >>

 

Rocky Mountain Ramming Rocky Mountain Ramming
Nov 13, 2014
Trenchless pipe ramming continues to prove its value, especially in situations that require quick mobilization, effective casing or culvert installation and extra care regarding surface protection in sensitive areas like roadways and rail lines. 2013’s massive rainfall event in Colorado created just that type of situation. more >>

 

Trenchless Technologies Used for Unusual Rehab Project Trenchless Technologies Used for Unusual Rehab Project
Nov 13, 2014
Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) in New Jersey had a problem on its hands, specifically a leaking 6-in. gas main. PSE&G distribution technology manager George Ragula has seen his share of complicated and unusual rehab projects over the years but the one in Moorestown, N.J., was unique even by his standards. more >>

 

Key to Arlington National Cemetery Water Main Replacement Program Key to Arlington National Cemetery Water Main Replacement Program
Nov 13, 2014
At the beginning of the Civil War, Union soldiers occupied Arlington, Va., realizing that the location offered a great strategic location, just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. When the Union started taking large amounts of casualties during the war, the Army Quartermaster General ordered an examination of possible sites for military cemeteries. more >>

 

Using Grout to Stop I/I Using Grout to Stop I/I
Nov 13, 2014
For the past decade, a small company in central Ohio has created a business around the daunting task of assisting small communities with issues at their wastewater treatment plants. The largest objective, typically, is combating the inflow-and-infiltration (I/I) that overwhelms and plagues most of our nation’s municipalities. This couldn’t be more evident in its most recent challenge in the Village of Ashley, Ohio, which called upon its services. more >>

 

Cost-Effective I/I Reduction Programs with SSES and Comprehensive Sewer System Rehabilitation Cost-Effective I/I Reduction Programs with SSES and Comprehensive Sewer System Rehabilitation
Nov 13, 2014
Countless municipalities face consent decrees and regulatory orders to reduce infiltration and inflow (I/I) in their sanitary sewer system. Municipalities will spend millions to achieve the common goals of regaining system capacity through I/I reduction and complying with regulatory mandates. more >>