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Xylem solutions for the entire water cycle to be displayed at WEFTEC

Xylem a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, will highlight its comprehensive solutions to address ‘urban resilience’ at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) at the Morial Convention Centre in New Orleans from September 24-28. Xylem will showcase a range of proven, smart water technologies and highlight the company’s deep application expertise, which together can help communities tackle critical water challenges and support sustainable, resilient water management.

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Water & Sewer Rehabitiation

Regular replacement governs Kitchener’s underground program

Engineering staff work on a two-year road and utility reconstruction project on
Pleasant Avenue and Glen and Binscarth Roads in Kitchener.

The city of Kitchener, located in the Waterloo region of southern Ontario, has a population of just under a quarter million. Kitchener’s history dates back to 1784, when land was given to the Six Nations by the British as a gift for their allegiance during the American Revolution. Originally called Berlin, the name was changed to Kitchener in 1916, after Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, who died that year while serving as the Secretary of State for War of the United Kingdom.

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Locating, Inspection

New guidelines for utility relocations

Utility coordination efforts on the TTC Union Station Expansion Project.

Utility relocations typically present one of the largest potential risks to delivering major capital infrastructure projects on time or on budget within urbanized areas. Until now there has been little in terms of a standardized process in place regarding the coordination of the utility impacts and the management of the effects of the utility relocations on a project.

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Storm Water

Six critical emergency response steps

The Intergraph Planning & Response Map Module provides users the ability to place symbols for units, tactile symbols and other annotations by dragging and dropping from a list. The red circle signifies the ‘Danger Zone’ and the green areas are ‘Evacuation Areas’ for a scenario depicting a train accident in Calgary.

For many living in urban environments, mornings involve an alarm clock, a shower, a cup of coffee, and a commute of some sort – often including underground public transportation. However, while many are catching a subway on the way to work, not many understand how complex and vital their city’s underground infrastructure is to their morning routine. That is, at least, until something goes wrong.

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Horizontal Directional Drilling
Tunneling

Extend your mud recycler’s lifespan

When moving equipment, John Miller advises to wash the machine thoroughly
to remove all mud and debris.

Equipment maintenance is a topic that no contractor particularly wants to address, but in light of the ever growing need to maximize production and cut down time it is extremely important. Your equipment will only continue to work properly if you take the time to perform simple routine maintenance.

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Horizontal Directional Drilling
Locating, Inspection

Cross bore problem in the crosshairs

They are two words no contractor or municipal engineer wants to hear: cross bore. A cross bore is what happens when one underground utility intersects another. Most worrying is when a gas line punches through a sewer main or lateral. Cross bore risk has risen with the use of trenchless technologies like horizontal directional drilling, because the operator can’t physically see what’s in the immediate vicinity of the drill bit.

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Water & Sewer Construction

Polyurethane grouts from Avanti now certified by WQA for use with potable water applications

AV-248-LV Flexseal LV, AV-275 Soilgrout and AV-315 Microfoam are now certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA)

Avanti International’s AV-248-LV Flexseal LV, AV-275 Soilgrout and AV-315 Microfoam are now certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) as tested and certified against NSF/ANSI Standard 61 - Drinking Water System Components. Avanti’s products are used to stop leaks, stabilize soil, and control groundwater in municipal, industrial, and geotechnical applications. According to technical director Roger Borremans, “These three products join three other Avanti resins earning Potable Water Certification. Engineers now have more choices between hydrophilic and hydrophobic resins for specifying the exact right product in potable water applications.”

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Ritchie Bros. to acquire IronPlanet; enters into strategic alliance agreement with Caterpillar Inc.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated, the world's largest industrial auctioneer and a leading equipment distributor, and IronPlanet, a leading online marketplace for used heavy equipment and other durable asset sales, today jointly announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Ritchie Bros. will acquire IronPlanet for approximately US$758.5 million, subject to customary closing adjustments.

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Caterpillar to design and manufacture full line of mini excavators as alliance with Wacker Neuson is phased out

The 301.7D CR mini hydraulic excavator manufactured by Wacker Neuson will phase out in mid-2018.

Caterpillar will shift design and production of its smallest hydraulic excavators to Caterpillar facilities beginning in 2018 as a successful, six-year strategic alliance with Wacker Neuson is phased out. Caterpillar will focus on growing its global mini excavator business as it leverages existing facilities and design teams to deliver cost effective and efficient new machines weighing less than three tons.

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Locating, Inspection

Cost-effective site sampling tools for environmental assessments

Geophysical surveys can be the bedrock (pardon the pun) of today’s environmental projects, from locating abandoned underground storage tanks (USTs) and utilities, to complex mapping of geology in remedial investigations, to finding landfill boundaries and other buried unknown problems. In the past few decades, a variety of non-destructive testing methods have gained in popularity over expensive and time-consuming drilling and digging for environmental projects. Among these, the method of pairing ground penetrating radar (GPR) with electromagnetic (EM) induction instruments is one that shows great promise in significantly reducing survey time and costs.

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Water & Sewer Construction

New Milton sewer tunnels through environmentally sensitive areas

The population growth of the Town of Milton, Ontario in recent years has been phenomenal. With the province’s Places to Grow legislation, this growth is expected to continue for many years. The Boyne Trunk Sanitary Sewer was identified in the Halton Region’s Wastewater Master Plan as being critical to convey existing and future flows to the Mid Halton Wastewater Treatment Plant in Oakville. The existing sewage pump station and force main conveying sewage from Milton was at its maximum capacity. The commissioning of a new major trunk sewer to replace the existing system and to convey future flows from the northern part of the region was of critical importance.

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Water & Sewer Construction

Finding the keys to Rebecca Trunk

The microtunnel drives were located up to 14 metres below ground surface and excavated with an MTBM on a grade of approximately 0.15 percent.

In order to balance the needs of growing the Region of Halton with the protection and preservation of its natural and heritage resources, Halton initiated Sustainable Halton which developed goals that serve as a blueprint for building a sustainable and healthy community. The need to upgrade the existing wastewater network to service future intensification in Oakville’s Urban Growth Centre was identified as part of the process.

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Dig or drill? An ecumenical question

Andrew Topf, Editor

If trenchless construction could be compared to a religion, then we are currently in a period where the converts are many and the critics – let’s call them the hangers-on to the old dogma – are getting fewer and fewer. Twenty years ago trenchless contractors had to do a real selling job on municipal managers who were skeptical of this new “religion”, with its nascent technologies and often higher costs.

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Water & Sewer Rehabitiation

4 key elements to maintaining your sewer infrastructure: Clean, inspect, assess and repair

To minimize costly overhead, it’s important to maintain your sewer systems.

Let’s face it, sewers are susceptible to wear and tear just like any other infrastructure. Although not visible from the surface, pipelines are prone to deterioration from both the inside and out. To minimize costly overhead, it’s important to maintain your sewer systems. There are four key factors to keeping your infrastructure operating at optimum efficiency.

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MegaMc is mega player in fusible pipeline construction

The McElroy MegaMc 1648 Series 2 butt fuses pipe sizes from 16” OD to 48” OD (450mm to 1200mm).

Versatility and power are the key components of McElroy’s new fusion machine, the MegaMc 1648 Series 2. The fusion carriage is mounted on a rugged wheeled chassis and is removable for in-ditch or close quarters work. The carriage can convert from 4 to 3 jaws as needed and interchanges easily with its tracked counterpart to create a self-propelled, all-terrain, track-mounted fusion machine.

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