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HDD virtual reality simulator developed by Ditch Witch to improve training and safety

Operators can use the new Ditch Witch-developed VR training simulator to improve safety and efficiency on the job site.

More than 50 percent of reported underground utility damages are the result of insufficient excavation practices according to the 2017 DIRT Report. The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced an industry-first Virtual Reality (VR) Simulator to better prepare horizontal directional drill (HDD) operators for safe underground construction through cutting-edge training technology. 

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Locating, Inspection

CUES launches new pipeline inspection tool

CUES has developed a new pipeline inspection tool designed to significantly reduce unplanned downtime. The CUES REDI (Remote Evaluation Diagnostic Inspection) Kit is the first pipeline inspection troubleshooting kit available on the market today designed to help diagnose electrical issues, allowing for quicker and more accurate troubleshooting and repairs of problems while in the field. The release of this new product reflects CUES continuing commitment to offer the best customer support services in the business.

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Cansel acquires Trenchless Utility Equipment precision locating business

Cansel acquires Trenchless Utility Equipment precision locating business

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. 

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Microtunneling taps fresh water for B.C. project

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. 

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Horizontal Directional Drilling

Ditch Witch updates fluid management systems to improve HDD productivity

Ditch Witch has updated its water management systems to improve efficiency in horizontal drilling operations.

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.

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Tunneling

Robbins TBM breaks through on Ohio Canal project

On August 29, 2018, a 9.26 m (30.4 ft) diameter Robbins Crossover (XRE) TBM crossed the finish line at the Akron Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT). A press day followed on September 5, where companies and members of the media were invited to view the giant machine. The machine — dubbed "Rosie" in honor of Rosie the Riveter, an icon representing American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II — overcame tough ground conditions during the bore.

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In-depth report: Horizontal directional drilling

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.

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New, innovative directional drill package released by Ditch Witch

The new JT20XP drill package utilizes all onboard horsepower for thrust and rotation.

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. 

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Vac-Tron introduces 6-way hydraulic boom design

Vac-Tron's new hydraulic boom design provides easier operation on the company's trailer units.

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. 

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Trenching

Heavy-duty trencher from Ditch Witch offers purpose-built design

The HT275 trencher from Ditch Witch boosts jobsite performance.

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.

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Tunneling

Robbins Double Shield tunnel boring machine is conquering the Himalayas

A 5.06-m (16.6-foot) Robbins Double Shield TBM has bored over 1,000 m (3,280 feet) in one month at Nepal’s Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project (BBDMP).

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).

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Water & Sewer Rehabitiation

Purpose-built trailer from Hammerhead designed for CIPP applications

A new purpose-built trailer by HammerHead offers CIPP operations a useful base to work from.

HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works company, has introduced a new, purpose-built trailer for cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) applications that gives installers a uniquely versatile and efficient workstation suited to almost any job they encounter. 

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