The resulting waste mud and fluids from the hydro excavation process can be effectively managed, making life easier for drilling operators and creating possible new revenue streams.
NASTT 2020 No-Dig Show offers scholarships for municipal and public utilities
Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas will showcase its equipment solutions for the utility industry when it participates in the October 1–3 ICUEE (International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition) show. Attendees will find Hyundai in Booth K345 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
Toro has enhanced its TRX walk-behind trencher line with two new models that are designed for exceptional performance, serviceability, ease of use and operator comfort.
Thermal Dynamics, an ESAB brand, has launched its new Cutmaster Black Series of enhanced performance plasma cutting consumables, which extend operating life by 60 percent compared to standard life electrodes. They are featured on the SL60QD 1Torch, which comes with the Cutmaster 60i handheld air plasma cutting system. Coupled with internal enhancements on the Cutmaster 60i, the new electrode design increases the unit's rated cut and piercing capacity to 3/4 in., a 16.6 percent improvement. The Cutmaster 60i can sever metal up to 1-1/2 in.
Ford is charging ahead into the electric pickup truck market with their recent confirmation that they will bring an all-electric F-150 to market. The company is now putting the power of its prototype to the test.
On Friday, Vermeer Corporation held the groundbreaking for a monument commemorating the buildings destroyed by an EF3 tornado last July, while celebrating the strength of the Vermeer team and the growth and progress that is happening along the Vermeer Mile.
Check out this video from the Prelinger Archive showing 1950s construction equipment, including a Gradall, installing underground electrical infrastructure – but perhaps don't take any safety cues!
The LUBE-A-BOOM team is proud to introduce LOOSE-N-IT. Customer service and satisfaction is LUBE-A-BOOM's top priority, along with providing dealers superior lubrication products. After speaking with several industry leaders, a lubrication niche not being adequately satisfied by competing brands was identified: a product that allows technicians and parts managers to quickly remove old, stripped, and/or rusty bolts from equipment. The LUBE-A-BOOM team found that many times these crucial bolts and screws had become so worn and stripped that removing them was a time-consuming process. To alleviate this service-related pressure point, LUBE-A-BOOM set to work to develop a product that could easily be used in the field to assist in the removal of old and worn bolts. Thus, the LOOSE-N-IT product came to fruition.
The rise in underground utility projects is good news for contractors across the country. However, whether it be due to fiber build-out or aging infrastructure replacement, this growth requires underground utility contractors to find and employ more horizontal directional drill (HDD) operators. This demand has resulted in a shortage of qualified, skilled and confident operators in the underground construction industry.
Simone Giertz, a Swedish inventor, robotics enthusiast and YouTuber, took tools to her brand-new Tesla Model 3 to turn it into "Truckla," the Tesla electric pickup truck of her dreams.
It is with deep sadness that The Robbins Company announces the passing of Richard James Robbins, President and CEO from 1958 to 1993. Dick passed away surrounded by family on Thursday May 30, 2019 in Seattle, Washington, USA. He is survived by his wife Bonnie, son Jim and daughter Jennifer.
Step-N-Secure announced the launch of a new, economical pickup truck accessory that adds simple safety and security features to the bed of all Ford, GM and Dodge pickup trucks.
GSSI has launched a new video series as part of their GPR training academy. The video series features short and informative videos focusing on individual product lines to help users through frequently asked questions.
The 2020 Ram 1500 will become Canada's most powerful half-ton diesel pickup with 480 lb.-ft. of torque and most capable light-duty diesel, with towing capability up to 5,697 kg (12,560 lb), the manufacturer states. The all-new third-generation 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V-6 is also expected to lead the segment on fuel economy.
Vermeer's new Navigator horizontal directional drill designed to deliver in rocky, congested environments
The new Vermeer D23x30DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill (HDD) integrates dual-rod technology into a compact machine design to efficiently maneuver through rock in congested cities, busy neighborhoods or tight jobsites. Featuring a class-leading narrow footprint and a weight of 16,500 pounds (7,484 kg), the D23x30DR S3 is the lightest rock drill on the market and is well suited for fibre, electrical, gas and water installation in hard rock, as well as other challenging ground conditions.
On May 23, 2019, a celebration was in order: The last of six 8.93 m (29.3 ft) diameter EPBs had completed excavation at Lot 4 of Mexico City's Tύnel Emisor Oriente (TEO), a feat marking the completion of ten years and 62.1 km (38.6 mi) of tunneling. "We are proud of having successfully finished the excavation, despite all the adversities we faced, such as large inflows of water, hydraulic loads and constant changes in geology. We solved these by adapting the excavation mode according to each type of geology found," said Hector Arturo Carrillo, Machinery Manager for Lot 4 contractor Carso Infraestructura y Construcción (CARSO).
Vermeer MV Solutions is building upon its already strong customer service in the drilling industry with the addition of Jason Dewitt as the new West Coast regional sales manager based out of Exeter, California. In his new role, Dewitt will manage sales activities within his region and provide quality support to the dealers in those territories by determining dealer sales and marketing needs.
With congested underground easements and roadways, it is becoming increasingly important to visually identify the location of underground utilities – gas, fibre, water, telecommunications and sewer – to prevent an accidental utility strike. However, using a compact excavator or a shovel to expose the line could also damage a utility. To reduce the risk of damaging existing utilities, underground contractors and municipalities have started using vacuum excavators, commonly called soft excavation, and over the last two decades there has been a rise in demand for these machines.
Implementation of European Stage V emissions regulations this year has been a driver of much work in the diesel engine sector, as most major manufacturers have taken the opportunity to improve their existing models while ensuring the meet the reduced emissions levels. In the process, some have launched new engines of various sizes or updated existing equipment.
For 2020, Chevrolet makes the strongest, most advanced Silverado even more so with several new features that include the new 10-speed automatic transmission paired with the 5.3L V-8 standard on the LT Trail Boss and available on the High Country; the legendary 6.2L V-8 offered on Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss and RST trims; and available technologies including new trailering features and Adaptive Cruise Control - Camera.
Doosan Portable Power is expanding its small air compressor lineup with the introduction of the Doosan XP185WDO. This high-pressure model produces 185 cfm and 125 psi, making it ideal for a variety of applications such as general construction, sandblasting, pneumatic tool operation, pipeline testing and fibre optic cable installation.
GMC is taking premium to the next level with all new availability for a carbon fibre bed, 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel and 10 speed automatic transmission, plus additional technology like Adaptive Cruise Control - Camera to elevate the ownership experience in the 2020 Sierra 1500. The updates add to a robust portfolio of technologies that deliver an innovative and premium ownership experience.
Registration is officially open for 2019 ICUEE-The Demo Expo, set for October 1–3 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY.
Atlas Copco Power Technique North America has launched a high-pressure booster range to the market. The booster enables the operator to increase the pressure of the primary compressor for better productivity on the jobsite, offering solutions up to 5,000 PSI.
York Fluid Controls partners with many great manufacturers to provide the best pumping products to Canadian businesses. One of these partners is Hydra-Tech Pumps, which produces variable-speed, hydraulically driven submersible pumps and purpose-built hydraulic power units. Hydra-Tech dedicates itself to designing and creating quality solutions.
In April 2019, a Robbins 3.5-m (11.5-foot) diameter Main Beam TBM broke through into open space, completing its 2.8 km (1.7 mi) long tunnel. It was not the first time the machine had encountered open space: twice during tunnelling, the machine hit uncharted caverns, the largest of which measured a staggering 8,000 cubic metres (283,000 cubic feet) in size.
Vacuum trucks have been a part of the sewer and water maintenance scene for quite some time, offering contractors a powerful approach to sewer cleaning and other similar tasks that could otherwise be challenging.
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.
With more than 620,000 visitors from over 200 countries, bauma 2019, the world's leading trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment, generated the best results in the exhibition's 65-year history. The number of visitors rose by about 40,000 over the total produced during the previous event in 2016. More than 250,000 visitors came from countries outside Germany. The top 10 visitor countries after Germany were: Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Poland and Great Britain. The trade fair also experienced a strong increase in attendance from overseas visitors. Significant gains in this group were produced by China, Australia and Japan. More than 5,500 visitors came from China alone. The number of exhibitors totaled about 3,700 from 63 countries - likewise a record.
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.
Municipalities across Canada are burdened with aging transportation infrastructure, much of which was constructed in the post-war era and is nearing the end of its useful life. The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) found that one third of municipal infrastructure across the country is in fair, poor or very poor condition, and this includes 39 percent of roads and 26 percent of bridges. Cold weather and the use of corrosive de-icing salts further threaten the reliability of the transportation infrastructure we rely on every day.
The 2019 edition of the National Heavy Equipment Show is quickly approaching this March 28 and 29 at the International Centre in Mississauga. With a sold-out show floor and thousands of visitors pre-registered, the key trade event is ready to mark its 22nd year in just three weeks' time.
HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works Company, introduced the HeatWave, an all-in-one, hot-water curing system, at the recent WWETT exposition in Indianapolis, February 21-23. The HeatWave is a field tested, user-friendly, fully integrated unit that provides for quick activation of the resin and shortened curing times.
Vactor Manufacturing, Inc., a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation and a manufacturer of sewer and catch basin cleaners, jetters and industrial vacuum loaders showcased tandem- and single-axle configurations of the Vactor 2100i combination sewer cleaner at Federal Signal Environmental Solutions Group's exhibit in Indianapolis at (Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show).
Vactor Manufacturing, Inc. has announced plans to expand its Streator, IL manufacturing facility. The project is expected to increase Vactor's production capacity and add up to 90 additional jobs.
Westech Vac Systems, a provider of rugged, high-quality vacuum truck-mounted solutions, has showcased the Westech Code Combo Vac unit at Federal Signal Environmental Solution Group's exhibit in Indianapolis at WWETT 2019 (Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show).