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CCOHS workplace survey seeks insights to inspire positive changes in safety

What are the top barriers and issues affecting the health and safety of workplaces in Canada, and what can we do about them? The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is inviting workers and employers to take part in an online survey that continues the conversation sparked at CCOHS’ Forum 2016: The Changing World of Work, held earlier this year in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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TT Technologies to display full line of trenchless tools and equipment at CONEXPO

TT Technologies will be displaying its full line at CONEXPO 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.

TT Technologies will be displaying its full line of trenchless piercing tools, pipe ramming tools and pipe bursting tools, at CONEXPO 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees will be able to see the complete line of trenchless equipment including the Grundoburst static pipe bursting system and Grundocrack pneumatic pipe bursting tools.

The Grundoburst static pipe bursting system utilizes a specially designed bladed cutter head to make bursting ductile iron and steel pipe possible. The Grundoburst systems range in size from 45 to 287 tons of pullback force and can be used to burst pipe from 4 to 48 inches. Grundocrack pneumatic pipe bursting tools can be used to burst fracturable pipe from 4 to 54 inches in diameter. Grundoram pneumatic pipe ramming tools can be used to ram steel casings ranging in size from 6 through 144 inches in diameter.

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Water & Sewer Construction

Ditch Witch introduces SK1050 mini skid-steer for superior versatility and productivity on demanding jobsites

The SK1050 mini skid steer, offers easy access to the machine undercarriage and no daily maintenance points or grease zerks to help ease maintenance and reduce total cost of ownership.

Ditch Witch has introduced the construction-grade SK1050 mini skid-steer, ideally suited for a variety of demanding landscape, hardscape and irrigation jobs. The unit improves versatility and productivity by directing more hydraulic power to the attachment.

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Tunneling

Introducing the Guide Rod Swivel (GRS-50) family of cutter heads

The GRS-50 Cutter Heads meet the outside diameter of common steel casing pipe in 24-inch (610 mm), 30-inch (762 mm), 36-inch (914 mm) and 42-inch (1,067 mm) diameters.

To achieve guided boring steel casing installations in deep, densely compacted ground and soft rock, Akkerman announces the newest solution in the Guided Boring Machine (GBM) equipment line, the Guide Rod Swivel (GRS-50) family of cutter heads with a universal bearing swivel. The robust GRS-50 family contains four sizes of high thrust bearing upsizing tools able to withstand up to fifty tons of continuous thrust loads on guided boring, guided auger boring, and soft rock pilot tube projects.

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Storm Water

New commercial development in Moncton meets strict runoff regulations

The excavation was 3.3 metres deep that allowed for 2.13 metres of cover above the chambers.

The new McLaughlin Place retail centre found the solution to meeting the local mandate of eliminating any increase in storm water runoff while maximizing the number of parking spaces. Instead of using a detention pond or sump, the designers decided to use a system of chambers under the parking lot that would collect and hold storm water runoff from the lot and rooftops. The one hectare commercial development with five buildings will open this year and is located near the Université de Moncton. Plans call for apartment buildings to be added in the future.

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Locating, Inspection

GSSI announces flexible, configurable ground penetrating radar system for utility detection

The UtilityScan Pro features the SIR 4000 control unit and is configurable to provide the flexibility to address a wide range of utility applications.

GSSI, a leading manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, announces the release of the UtilityScan Pro, the latest addition to the company’s popular UtilityScan GPR product line. UtilityScan systems are the industry standard for efficiently identifying and marking the location and depth of subsurface utilities, including gas, sewer, and communication lines. Featuring the SIR 4000 control unit, the UtilityScan Pro delivers the configurability and flexibility to address a wide range of utility applications.

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Ditch Witch boosts drill power with JT60 and JT60 all-terrain HDD Tier 4 upgrades

JT60 horizontal directional drill.

Today’s horizontal directional drilling (HDD) operators face plenty of challenges on large installation projects, including difficult terrain and tough soil conditions. To provide operators with the power and performance to conquer any job, Ditch Witch has introduced Tier 4 emission standard upgrades to the JT60 and JT60 All Terrain directional drills.

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Storm Water
Water & Sewer Rehabitiation

Dewatering pumps help reconstruct Galveston

Storm surge attacks a seawall protecting coastal city.

When dealing with a construction site that is underwater or where the water table is just above sea level, contractors have to insure that the excavation stays dry and safe for workers. This can be extra challenging where you have conditions affected by water depth and conditions such as silt and sand. Additionally, these conditions may vary based on seasonal weather or tides. It is extremely important to have contractors who have investigated historical data and who monitor fluctuations in water levels and speeds of flow, thereby decreasing risks to workers and the success of the project.

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Vermeer Corporation and DMACC partner to train and certify in-demand HDD operators

DMACC is an accredited two-year college and their administration reviewed, approved and agreed to include the HDD Circuit program curriculum as part of the college’s academic non-credit class offering beginning fall 2016.

Vermeer has created a partnership with the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) — Iowa’s largest two-year college serving more than 75,000 students — to certify the Vermeer HDD Circuit training program. Individuals who complete the two-week, instructor-led program will be classified as a certified horizontal directional drill (HDD) operator.

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MSA launches Leading Edge Retractable Lanyard

 The Latchways Leading Edge self-retracting lifeline utilizes modern engineering and innovative design, they are the most advanced leading edge self-retracting lifelines available.

MSA is pleased to announce the launch of Latchways Leading Edge Retractable Lanyard.

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Tunneling

Robbins' TBM dubbed “Driller Mike” digs Atlanta

The Robbins Main Beam TBM, dubbed “Driller Mike”, was launched on Atlanta, Georgia, USA’s Bellwood Tunnel in October 2016.

After an Onsite First Time Assembly (OFTA) lasting just 2.5 months, Atlanta Georgia, USA’s newest TBM, dubbed “Driller Mike”, made its initial startup on October 13, 2016 and ramped up to full production two weeks later. Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed and city officials gathered with local and national media to celebrate the occasion. The 3.8 m (12.5 ft) diameter Robbins Main Beam TBM is now boring the 8.0 km (5.0 mi) Bellwood Tunnel after being walked forward 100 ft into a starter tunnel. The Bellwood Tunnel path will travel from an inactive quarry and run below a water treatment plant and reservoir before ending next to the Chattahoochee River.

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Locating, Inspection

multiVIEW opens new office location to meet growing demand across Southwestern Ontario

multiVIEW, a leading professional services firm that specializes in locating and mapping buried infrastructure is pleased to announce the opening of its London, Ontario office. The strategically situated office location will allow multiVIEW to complete local contract-based work and quickly deploy to meet growing demand across Southwestern Ontario for utility locating, hydro-excavation and CCTV camera inspection services.

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HammerHead Trenchless releases first of next-generation winches

New HammerHead HydroGuide HG1200 winch.

HammerHead Trenchless Equipment, a Charles Machine Works company, has introduced the powerful, new HammerHead HydroGuide HG1200 winch optimally designed to be more efficient and easy to use in pipe-bursting, slip-lining or slitting applications. This new iteration of the popular HydroGuide line of winches features a patented, self-deploying hydraulic downrigger, improved performance and additional safety features.

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Pure Technologies awarded new work in U.S. worth up to CAD$14 million

Pure Technologies Ltd. is pleased to announce that, over the past month, its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pure Technologies U.S. Inc. ("Pure U.S."), has been selected by several U.S. water agencies to lead multi-year programs to provide services related to the inspection and management of critical water pipelines. The Calgary-based company has been chosen to lead this new work based on its experience, expertise and industry-leading technology-based solutions for the management of water pipelines consisting of multiple pipe types and sizes around the world. In aggregate, the new work is worth up to $14 million over three to four years.

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Advanced Drainage Systems hosts ceremonial event to mark construction of new Harrisonville, Missouri manufacturing facility

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. - At the groundbreaking for the new ADS plant here were (left to right) Greg Bohn, Bill Shaffer, Joe Chlapaty, Kevin Kish of ADS, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Brian Hasek, Mayor of Harrisonville, Gary Ashley, ADS, Tom Fussner, ADS and Sen. Ed Emery (R-Lamar).

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. a leading global manufacturer of water management solutions, hosted community leaders, elected officials and prospective employees at the site of its in-construction new manufacturing facility in Harrisonville, Missouri. This will be the Company’s 62nd manufacturing plant, and its first in Missouri.

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NASTT will celebrate another incredible year of trenchless innovation and education at NASTT’s 2017 No-Dig Show

North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) — the leading association serving and promoting the North American trenchless industry — celebrates another incredible year of trenchless innovation and education at NASTT’s 2017 No-Dig Show, April 9-13, 2017 in Washington D.C., USA at the Gaylord National Convention Center.

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