The longest horizontal directional drilled (HDD) installation of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe in the United States and Canada was recognized as Project of the Year by the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI). The award was presented to PPI member company ISCO Industries at the association's annual membership meeting in May 2017. PPI is the major North American trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry,
Underground & Utility News
Two culverts on Highway 125 near Sainte-Julienne, 45 miles north of Montreal, Quebec, had failed almost entirely. Dirt and sediment accumulations had obstructed more than three-quarters of their flow capacity. Water seepage and pooling was jeopardizing the highway substructure's integrity.
Large underground projects such as rapid transit tunnels are today being built through highly congested areas, both above and below ground. One of the most complex challenges involves accurately locating existing utilities during the design phase and discerning whether the utility can be accommodated or if it must be relocated.
GSSI, the world's leading manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, will be highlighting its latest GPR technology at the 2018 World of Concrete conference, to be held January 23-26, 2018, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Booth #C3719. On display will be a new affordable UtilityScan GPR System, StructureScan Mini XT all-in-one concrete inspection GPR system, and the new Palm XT miniaturized GPR antenna for the StructureScan Mini XT.
TT Technologies' redesigned Grundopit pit-launched mini directional drill is well suited for difficult fiber-to-the-home and utility service line installations in tight working conditions. The unit is compact, 54 inches long, 43 inches wide and 57 inches tall. The Grundopit delivers 13,489 lbs. of thrust and pull back and 553 ft. lbs. of torque with bore length up to 150 feet. The Grundopit is an ideal entry-level system for utilities, cable industries or as a supplement to larger units.
Terex Utilities and its dealer Xuzhou Handler Special Vehicles Co., Ltd. have signed a letter of intent for Xuzhou to purchase 5,000 units of insulated aerial devices from Terex over a five-year period, with a total value of more than USD$250 million. These products will support the continuing improvement and ongoing adoption of live line work practices in the Chinese public utility sector.
Terex Utilities has debuted completely redesigned Terex A330 and A650 auger drills, which were introduced at the recently-concluded International Construction & Utility Equipment Expo (ICUEE). "Innovation is at the foundation of all continuous improvements Terex makes to its equipment," said Joe Caywood, Director of Marketing.
McLaughlin has introduced two new mid-range vacuum excavators to the underground utility contractor market — the ECO75 truck-mounted vacuum excavator and the VX75 trailer-mounted vacuum excavator — to answer the market's demand for a compact vacuum excavation system with a 5-inch (12.7 cm) boom option that focuses on performance and improved fuel efficiency.
The new Vermeer SPX25 vibratory plow is designed for fast and efficient cable/fibre and irrigation system installation. It features a full-function remote control that gives the operator a 360-degree view of the jobsite, helping to avoid potential obstacles and an unobstructed view of the product being installed. The SPX25 vibratory plow is compact, powerful and built with tracks to minimize ground disturbance.
The American Augers DD-240T Midi Rig introduced a whole new design concept in horizontal direction drills to the 2017 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE). Many of the features that make the 240,000-pound class HDD rig fully configurable are industry firsts in direct response to HDD contractor input gathered by American Augers in an extensive industry survey.
While new technologies have continuously improved utility locating and HDD guidance, the tracking process on HDD bores has remained relatively unchanged since the introduction of horizontal directional drilling. Subsite Electronics, a Charles Machine Works Company and leader in HDD Guidance System solutions, plans to change that. New technologies from the company have made possible an HDD process they are calling Green Ops that will reduce risk and improve efficiency and profitability on HDD bores.
Vactor Manufacturing has unveiled the successor to the legendary Vactor HXX vacuum excavator at the 2017 International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) Show October 3-5, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. The concept vacuum excavation truck makes its first public appearance at Vactor's outdoor exhibit (K381) at the Kentucky Exposition Center. "The new HXX concept showcases our latest design thinking in terms of improvements in payload capacity, weight distribution, operation and performance," said Ben Schmitt, product manager at Vactor Manufacturing. "Our goal in previewing this HXX concept at ICUEE is to gain feedback from customers and other industry professionals before launching the next generation of this truck."
Improved weight distribution
HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works company, introduced its new 22-ton, radio remote-controlled HydroGuide® HG2200 cable winch at the 2017 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville, Kentucky. The HG2200 completes the HammerHead line of next-generation winches designed for maximum efficiency and ease-of-use in pipe-bursting, slip-lining and pipe-slitting applications.
Ring-O-Matic's has launched its largest-capacity PTO-driven vacuum-excavator system at ICUEE 2017. The 1300 VXT Extreme/PTO is an ideal vacuum-excavator solution for utility construction, horizontal directional drilling support and mud management, vacuum excavation and daylighting operations preferring a single-engine configuration. The mechanical PTO option offers the benefits of single-engine emissions compliance and single-engine maintenance and a shorter chassis rig with 1,300 gallon spoil capacity.
To enhance utility contractors' efficiency while drilling and steering in hard rock, Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, has released the new AT40 All Terrain horizontal directional drill (HDD). The machine features an advanced, two-pipe All Terrain drilling system that provides 33 percent more torque than competitive units. The newly optimized All Terrain drilling system includes multiple patent-pending designs that improve downhole operation. An inner-rod design provides a flush system that improves tool-joint durability and steering in hard rock conditions. To further improve steering and optimize fluid flow, a reliable All Terrain connection reduces the risk of collar damage.
The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works company, is planning to unveil a wide variety of new and enhanced underground construction equipment, parts, tools, and technology—all designed to boost productivity at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) Oct. 3-5 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Public works managers across the nation have welcomed the use of keyhole coring: a less-costly, safer and less-disruptive approach to underground roadway and sidewalk utility repairs than traditional, large excavation techniques. Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, announced a partnership with Utilicor Technologies, Inc. to bring the benefits of advanced keyhole technology and reinstatement to contractors, municipalities and utilities globally.