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Bauma 2016 sees record attendance

The seven-day show attracted around 580,000 visitors from 200 countries to Munich between April 11 and 17. That’s a rise of more than nine percent. After Germany, the top 10 countries of origin among the visitors were Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, UK, Sweden, the Russian Federation, Poland and the Czech Republic. A total of 3,423 exhibitors – 1,263 from Germany and 2,160 from abroad – from 58 countries presented their products, developments and innovations on a record 605,000 square metres of exhibition space. Exhibitors from outside Germany accounted for 63 percent of the total – higher than ever before.

Schneider Electric to integrate IntelliView’s leak detection technology in pipeline management system

Telvent Canada Ltd. (part of Schneider Electric) and IntelliView Technologies Inc. have formed an agreement to collaborate and deliver IntelliView’s video analytics based leak detection technology as an integrated offer in the Schneider Electric Enterprise Pipeline Management System (ePLMS) applications suite, specifically within the OASyS DNA SCADA system platform. The agreement is effective immediately.

ePIPE from Pipe Restoration Technologies gets US patent

Pipe Restoration Technologies, LLC, (PRT) has been awarded its 14th U.S. patent, titled, "Process for Coating the Interior Surface of Water Service lines." Granted by the USPTO, this patent covers the in-place coating of metallic pipes, including lead, copper and steel pipes, curing the resin in at least one hour. ePIPE in-place lining technology reduces lead leaching from lead pipes and other in-line lead contributors, such as lead solder from leaching into the drinking water supply.

Caterpillar collaborates with pipeline industry leaders to produce safety leadership training program

Caterpillar, in collaboration with PipeLine Machinery International, Inc. (PLM) and a group of industry leading companies, presents the Pipeline Safety Leadership Program, a first-of-its-kind training course produced specifically for pipeliners. With a focus on personal accountability for safety and incident prevention, the program will support the industry as it shifts from traditional to world-class safety management.

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Chemline Inc. acquires T.A. Davies (TADCO)

Chemline, Inc. of St. Louis, Mo has purchased the T. A. Davies Company (TADCO) of Rancho Dominguez, CA. TADCO has been a formulator of specialty cold-cast polyurethane chemicals since 1972. For many years, the company focused on urethane technologies for bowling ball cover stocks, flexible architectural trim moldings and a variety of roto-moldable urethane compounds to produce items such as fashion mannequins and after-market automobile styling accessories. The acquisition of TADCO provides Chemline with a growth platform for expansion into the West Coast region, as well as introducing new formulation technology, says the company. 

Aegion acquires Underground Solutions for $85 million

Aegion has executed a definitive agreement to acquire Underground Solutions, Inc. for $85 million in cash and expects to close the transaction during the first quarter of 2016. The Company will separately pay for the discounted value of tax benefits (estimated today to be approximately $5 million) associated with Underground Solutions' net operating loss carry forwards at closing. Aegion will fund a substantial portion of the purchase price with existing cash and the remainder from borrowings against the Company's line of credit. Aegion expects the transaction to be accretive to 2016 GAAP earnings per share with revenues of approximately $50 million and operating margins in excess of 10 percent. Several key members of Underground Solutions' senior management, who average more than 20 years of industry experience, will join Aegion to form an expanded team dedicated to trenchless rehabilitation of existing pressure pipelines.

GSSI updates ground penetrating radar control unit

GSSI has announced the release of updates to the SIR 4000 ground penetrating radar (GPR) control unit. The controller is designed to bridge the legacy of GSSI’s traditional analog antennas with next-generation of digital offerings, giving it the flexibility by supporting a wide range of users in numerous applications. The updates bring the StructureScan 2D collection module to the controller, simplifying its use for the concrete construction industry.

WSSC approves infrastructure repair solutions from LMK Technologies

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), one of the largest water and wastewater utilities in the United States, has approved two infrastructure repair solutions from LMK Technologies for use in the Commission’s sewer systems. LMK’s Insignia End Seals and LMT (Lined Main Tap) Saddle were evaluated by the WSSC’s Materials Evaluation Committee (MEC) and approved for applications in Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George's counties, a region representing 1.8 million people.

Smith chosen to lead Hammerhead Trenchless Equipment

Charles Machine Works has appointed Kevin Smith as HammerHead Trenchless Equipment president. Rick Johnson, CEO of Charles Machine Works and interim HammerHead president during the candidate selection process, has endorsed Smith as the ideal choice for the Charles Machine Works company which offers trenchless repair and rehabilitation solutions, as well as pneumatic tools for a variety of applications.

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Vermeer Introduces Job Ready Pre-Owned Equipment Program

The Vermeer Job Ready program provides a new solution for the pre-owned equipment market. Designed to give contractors peace of mind that used equipment will be productive long after it’s sold, the Job Ready program combines the support of the Vermeer dealer network; detailed, up-front inspections; and a robust service contract that covers major component failure for up to six months or 750 operating hours after purchase.

ICUEE 2015 Breaks Attendance Record With More Than 18,000

ICUEE 2015, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, has set a show record as the largest ever with more than 18,000 registered attendees – surpassing the last show by 13 percent. ICUEE 2015 runs September 29 – October 1 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ericsson Teams with Ditch Witch and Vermeer for Fiber Deployments

Ericsson has joined forces with world-leading underground equipment companies, Ditch Witch and Vermeer. The companies will work together to leverage recent breakthroughs in technology to bring new deployment capacity, construction techniques and tools to fiber deployments, all of which are designed specifically to support the needs of today's telecom operators.

B&T Drainage Inc. Named Winner of Vermeer Ultimate Crew Contest at ICUEE

The judges’ votes are in. B&T Drainage Inc. from Marshall, Illinois, has been named the winner of the Ultimate Crew contest, sponsored by Vermeer. B&T Drainage bested three other crews during the Ultimate Crew Underground Showdown, a live drilling competition held at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Rental company targets their services

Jerry LaBoret has lived his dream of starting and owning his own company, Compact Rentals, in Calgary, Alberta. Established in 1980, Compact Rentals does not offer a full line of rental equipment, nor do they rent to homeowners: their market is underground and paving contractors.

GSSI to Host Advanced GPR Interpretation Course

GSSI, a manufacturer of ground penetrating radar (GPR) equipment, will host a 3-day advanced GPR interpretation course at its brand new training facility in Nashua, New Hampshire. The course will be held October 23-25, 2015. It will be led by world-renowned GPR expert Dr. Larry B. Conyers, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Denver, along with GSSI training professionals. Users will learn about techniques and best practices for GPR data interpretation, trouble-shooting data quality issues in the field, and post-processing. Attendees will also receive an overview of GPR theory and data processing using RADAN software.

The Productivity Imperative

Our September / October issue's focus on horizontal directional drilling had me thinking a lot about productivity – specifically, how utility contractors can become more productive on the jobsite and in the back office. Those in the drilling business know that using the right equipment for whatever application the winning bid demands, can mean the difference between a job characterized by unnecessary downtime and money wasted, versus one that ticks along according to plan and budget.

Vermeer Announces Ultimate Crew Contest Finalists

Vermeer has introduced the Ultimate Crew contest finalists. Four crews from across North America are headed to the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky, where they will compete in the Underground Showdown live skills competition. B&T Drainage Inc., from Marshall, Illinois, Martin Hildreth Company Inc., from Rockwell City, Iowa Precision Underground Inc., from Bismarck, North Dakota Tru Tek Drilling, from Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania

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LMK Technologies Receives Favorable Ruling from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board

On August 24, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled in favor of LMK Technologies, LLC, declining institution of inter partes reviews on two petitions filed by BLD Services, LLC. The decisions were issued in IPR2015‐00723 (Paper 7) and IPR2015‐00721 (Paper 9).

Agenda Set for ASCE Pipelines 2015

ASCE Pipelines 2015 provides a forum for pipeline pioneers and practitioners from all around the world to share their experiences in meeting the challenges of today’s pipeline infrastructure. The theme of this year’s conference is “Recent Advances in Underground Pipeline Engineering and Construction.”

ICUEE Wants Photos of Your Dirty Boots

With summer utility work in full swing, ICUEE has launched a social media photo contest that gives the hardworking men and women of the utility industry a chance to showcase their livelihood and win a new pair of work boots.

WEF Launches MS4 Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program

The Water Environment Federation (WEF), has announced a new national municipal stormwater and green infrastructure awards program. Developed through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the program aims to recognize high-performing regulated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) and inspire them to exceed requirements through innovative and cost-effective approaches.

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