Canadian horizontal directional drilling operator Fast Forward HDD could be called a specialist - more than 90 percent of the company's work hours have been spent on oil pipeline jobsites.
Vacuum excavation growing in popularity and awareness
The right-sized mixing system is key for drilling operations. With a redesigned, slim rectangular profile tank, the new Vermeer MX300 mixing system helps horizontal directional drilling (HDD) contractors optimize productivity and offers customizable mounting configuration options. Equipped with a 23 hp (17.2 kW) Kohler ECH 7300 EFI gas engine that outputs 350 gpm (1,324.9 Lpm) of flow, the MX300 mixing system power unit can be paired with up to two tanks at once to help decrease time spent mixing and refilling drilling fluid tanks. The unit's narrow rectangular tank design also helps maximize fluid volume, and a small footprint can help with convenient transporting and storage.
Excavation of Turkey's longest water tunnel came to an end on December 18, 2018. To get there, a 5.56 m (18.2 ft) diameter Robbins Crossover (XRE) TBM and the contractor JV of Kolin/Limak had to overcome dozens of major fault zones and water pressures up to 26 bar. The completed national priority water line is set to go into operation in March 2019.
multiVIEW Locates Inc. (multiVIEW), a leading professional services firm that specializes in utility locating, announced the 30th anniversary of the company's inception. For the past three decades, multiVIEW has supported safe construction practices throughout the province by offering a diverse range of services that include Private & Public Locating, Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE), CCTV Sewer Inspection, Concrete Scanning, Hydro Vacuum Excavation, Ticket Screening and Near-Surface Geophysics.
HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works Company, have announced their new product intros for the 2019 WWETT show in Indianapolis February 21-23. Visitors to their booth #5206 will be able to see their all-new QuickLok inversion drums along with new cam-locking nozzle adaptors.
Rental demand for compact vacuum excavators continues to grow as global renters seek non-traditional and versatile machines for a variety of small-scale cleanup, potholing and landscaping jobs. Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, will showcase the HX30 vacuum excavator Feb. 18-20 at The ARA Show in Anaheim, California, (Booth 4501) for rental companies who are looking to add a low-maintenance vacuum offering to their fleet.
Vactor Manufacturing, Inc., a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation, has announced the introduction of TRUVAC, a brand of premium vacuum excavator trucks designed specifically to satisfy the safe-digging requirements of businesses or organizations that locate and verify underground utility lines and pipes. The TRUVAC brand will focus on vacuum excavation, while the Vactor brand will continue to focus on equipment solutions for cleaning and maintaining sewers and catch basins.
Vermeer Corporation has announced its purchase of Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC, and its plans to bring the Florida-based company together with McLaughlin Group, Inc. which was purchased by Vermeer in 2017. This acquisition and integration of the two companies builds on the Vermeer strategy to provide a comprehensive suite of vacuum excavation technology, equipment, training and support to the growing underground utility and soft dig markets.
Traditional methods for trenching on asphalt or concrete roads require trucking away chunks of asphalt and concrete after it has been cut, and then obtaining additional material to backfill the trench to complete the work. The Tigercat T726G street trencher is an ingenious machine that eliminates those steps.
Cansel, a software, hardware, and service provider to engineering, surveying, construction, architecture, government and printing industries announced today that it has acquired the precision location business of Trenchless Utility Equipment Inc. in Ontario and Alberta. First established in 1992, Trenchless Utility Equipment Inc. was formed to specialize in the relatively new Horizontal Directional Drill Industry. Over the years the company has become a leader in protecting underground utility infrastructure.
John Hart Lake, near Campbell River on Vancouver Island, has for decades provided the people of British Columbia with electrical power and local residents with a generous source of clean, fresh water. However, an aging facility meant that BC Hydro needed to upgrade the John Hart Generating Station, which left the nearby city to rethink its drinking water source.
The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has updated its line of fluid management systems to increase productivity and reduce costs on horizontal directional drilling (HDD) jobsites. These advanced models incorporate new design features to meet the highest standards for jobsite productivity, improved drilling fluid flow, increased durability, and faster mixing cycles and yield times.
Custom Truck One Source (Custom Truck) has entered into a strategic partnership with Hi-Vac Corporation. This partnership positions Custom Truck as an authorized dealer of Hi-Vac products in the United States.
Installation of underground infrastructure has become more challenging in today's sprawling urban centres. For many types of utility and service, the need to dig under existing roads, buildings and other obstructions has brought a growing interest in horizontal directional drilling.
Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, released a new JT20XP horizontal directional drill (HDD) package featuring a JT20XP drill and XP44 mixing system. The industry-first solution is the only drilling system in its class to utilize all on-board horsepower for thrust and rotation. Together, the full 118-hp solution provides operators industry-leading power and superior productivity for larger utility-installation jobs.
A strong dealer support network combined with a safe and reliable product are yielding satisfied customers and increased revenue for Texas First Rentals, sister company to Holt Cat, one of the largest Caterpillar dealers in the U.S.
Dumping liquid spoils from directional drilling is highly regulated, costly and time consuming. To combat these challenges, Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, has partnered with MetaFLO Technologies to be the exclusive provider of SolidState 2 and SolidState 6 solidification reagents. This partnership will provide a more accessible and efficient process for the solidification of drilling spoils to an extended network of users and contractors.
Vac-Tron Equipment is proud to announce the release of its new 6-way hydraulic boom design for its trailer vacuum excavation equipment and industrial vacuum equipment. This hydraulic boom maximizes job performance by supporting the weight of the vacuum hose.
Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, introduced its largest trencher to date, the HT275, to boost productivity and versatility on a broad range of trenching jobs. The unit was designed to increase year-over-year return on investment (ROI) on water, sewer, gas, power and underdrain installations, pipeline distribution and other heavy-duty trenching tasks.
Nepal's first tunnel boring machine, a 5.06 m (16.6 ft) diameter Robbins Double Shield, is living up to the nation's high expectations. The TBM, supplied in summer 2017 for the Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project (BBDMP), recently bored over 1,000 m (3,280 feet) in one month and has been averaging an impressive 800 m (2,630 feet) per month. The project is owned by the Government of Nepal's Department of Irrigation (DOI) and operated by contractor China Overseas Engineering Group Co. Ltd. Nepal Branch (COVEC Nepal).
As vacuum excavators expand use beyond horizontal directional drilling (HDD) jobsites to other industrial applications such as microtrenching, operators require new technology, tools and information to be productive and safe on the job. Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, recently introduced the Ditch Witch Certified Vacuum Excavation Training program to help both novice and experienced operators maintain performance and safety when using vacuum excavators on today's diverse jobsites.
The new Vermeer MUD Hub slurry solidification system helps control the costs, time and complexity of drilling fluid management. Using the new Vermeer ST2000 slat tank and the Surface to Surface (STS) FL-243 solidification mixer, the Vermeer MUD Hub helps create stackable material for convenient transfer and disposal.
When a contractor is looking to get the most out of their excavator they utilize a variety of attachments that can get more jobs done. What is often overlooked is how those attachments are coupled to the machine – and how a tiltrotator can not only allow that equipment to do more, but to do it faster, safer and with less labour.
For most wastewater and sanitary system cleaning jobs, it takes several minutes for sewer cleaner operators to lift additional debris tubes off the racks, maneuver the truck's boom and clamp the tubes into place - a process that can lead to operator fatigue. To improve this time-consuming process, Vactor Manufacturing introduced the Vactor RDB 1015 rapid deployment boom as an option for the company's 2100 Series combination sewer cleaners, which include the Vactor 2100i and 2100 Plus trucks.
As a manufacturer of ground penetrating radar technology, GSSI is an organization that understands the rigour of field work, and their customers operate in environments that are as tough as it gets. GSSI's technology aids field work across industries, from construction sites to public utility work and even search and rescue missions following a natural disaster. Despite their reputation for industry leading software, they can't do it alone. GSSI relied on a custom controller that was hardened for field work. While it met the unique hardware requirements for their ground penetrating radar (GPR) technology, the controller couldn't keep up with the design cycle and the hardware too frequently became outdated. In a market that requires staying ahead of technological advancements, GSSI sought a new hardware partner to accompany their best-in-class software.
The new Ditch Witch C12X walk-behind trencher provides rental companies with exceptional return on investment while enhancing ease of use, reliability and serviceability. The C12X trencher is equipped with a compact frame, equipped with a powerful 12-hp engine and digging depths up to 24 inches.
ECHO Utility Engineering and Surveying focuses on a specific aspect of Utility Engineering: Subsurface Utility Engineering.
New, low-profile Ditch Witch HX vacuum excavators enhance performance on compact and large-scale jobs
Ditch Witch has released a new, advanced lineup of vacuum excavators to boost operator productivity and versatility on municipality and underground construction jobs. The new HX-Series models feature innovative and patent-pending designs that meet the diverse and evolving customer needs on a range of applications - from compact, urban projects to large-scale excavation, potholing, slot trenching and microtrenching applications.
Regulations focused on various types of trucks and equipment in the province of Ontario have had a small loophole in them for quite some time – a fact discovered recently by the Provincial Government during a licensing review that was undertaken to raise fees on heavy commercial vehicles. For owners of vacuum excavators, the loss of that loophole may mean a loss of payload, which would mean a loss of efficiency. One long-standing Ontario dealer, Joe Johnson Equipment (JJE), took the concerns expressed by its customers straight to the manufacturer, Vactor Manufacturing, which has responded by developing a truck that can meet regulations both in Ontario and throughout other regions where operators face weight-limit challenges.
Truck-mounted vacuum manufacturer Cusco has introduced a new Sewer Jetter. Designed with versatility and durability in mind, the new Cusco Sewer Jetter is a reliable and rugged vacuum truck that will allow municipalities and contractors to handle sewer and water line maintenance with ease and efficiency.
Two of the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry's leading equipment and tooling manufacturers, Vermeer Corporation and Mincon Group PLC, have formed a distribution alliance to expand contractors' access to quality rock tooling worldwide. As part of the agreement, Vermeer dealers are now the exclusive channel for Mincon HDD air hammer systems, HDD pull reaming hammers and HDD support equipment, including HDD support stations and oilers.
Vermeer expands its line of utility installation equipment with the launch of the D8x12 Navigator horizontal directional drill. This new compact and highly productive drill is sized for working in tight spaces, features straightforward controls and delivers quiet operation. With two drill rod options for added versatility, the Vermeer D8x12 is well suited for small service installations, including gas distribution, power, water and telecommunication networks.
XPR series of HammerHead Trenchless pneumatic hammers features newly designed high-flow valve system
HammerHead Trenchless has released the first model of its new XPR series of high-performance pneumatic hammers for pipe ramming and pipe bursting applications. The XPR series features a newly designed high-flow valve system that produces a more powerful impact. The first model to utilize this new technology, the 26XPR, is the most powerful pneumatic hammer in its class, according to HammerHead.
Trimble has introduced a new green Dialgrade laser for the installation of gravity flow pipelines: the Spectra Precision DG613G pipe laser.
The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has released an advanced version of their industry-first, web-based tool that helps customers be more efficient and reduce downtime by quickly finding the service parts they need. The Ditch Witch Parts Lookup gives customers easy access to detailed parts information and a direct line of communication to dealerships for part verification and pick-list creation.
The Markham/Pickering area of southern Ontario, east of Toronto, has been growing steadily, and is expected to continue that growth in coming years. Greater population and the development needed to serve those increasing numbers will strain the current sanitary sewer resources.
Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, has supplied a temporary utility bridge to the City of Cambridge in Ontario for use during a project to upgrade the Hespeler wastewater treatment plant.