Trenchless Technology magazine, the leading publication covering the trenchless marketplace, has announced the winners of its 29th annual Projects of the Year for 2021. Projects are awarded in New Installation and Rehabilitation categories.


The announcement was made during a special live webinar event on Sept. 23, as part of World Trenchless Day.


This year’s overall winning projects for New Installation and Rehabilitation feature the trenchless applications of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and cured-in-place lining (CIPL).


“The entries for the 2021 Projects of the Year represent a wide spectrum of work and uses for trenchless technology methodologies,” says Trenchless Technology managing editor Sharon M. Bueno. “An added caveat to most, if not all, of all these projects was the COVID-19 global pandemic, requiring project owners and contractors to navigate their projects’ challenges in the midst of our new normal. The COVID-19 pandemic added another layer to their safety protocols to ensure the protection of the workers, while of getting down to business and getting the projects successfully completed.


“We want to thank everyone who submitted their projects for consideration, making the decisions of our New Installation and Rehabilitation Committees such a difficult task,” she adds.


The Project of the Year for New Installation is the Line 1021: Greys Point to Rappahannock Station—Rappahannock River Crossing. This incredible HDD crossing utilized the intersect method to cross the Rappahannock River near White Stone, Virginia. As we all know, undergrounding power lines has been in the news a lot of late.


This HDD project showcases the very timely use of HDD for undergrounding of power lines; the project owner is Dominion Energy Virginia and was completed by Mears Group, a Quanta Services company. The project involved installation two parallel 12,200-ft power lines, replacing overhead lines and providing a much-needed capacity upgrade. The project involved a multitude of challenges to successfully complete this crossing.


Other projects recognized in the New Installation category are: YDSS Force Main Twinning Project,  (Runner-up); City of Fort Lauderdale: Venice of America, Using 17 Horizontal Directional Drillings to Upgrade 7 Miles of Large-Diameter HDPE Force Main (Honorable Mention); and Sunoco Mariner East II – Spread 6 Trenchless Crossings (Honorable Mention).


This year‘s Project of the Year for Rehabilitation is the “The Mess” Emergency Gas System Repair in South Orange, New Jersey. Leading the project were George Ragula (PSE&G) and Progressive Pipeline Management. They had to dig deep into their trenchless toolbox to ensure the success of the emergency rehabilitation project.


It is interesting to note that a gas project has received this recognition. Often our Rehabilitation Project of the Year awards go to sewer or water works. This is indicative of how much trenchless technology is now being considered for oil and gas projects. Previously this market sector has been principally identified with HDD.


Other projects recognized in the Rehabilitation category are: Front Street Interceptor Cleaning – City of Memphis SARP10 Program, (Runner-up); Fletcher’s Creek Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation (Honorable Mention); and Cottonwood Siphon Slipline Project (Honorable Mention).


Winners are featured in the October 2021 issue of Trenchless Technology and formally recognized at the 2022 NASTT No-Dig Show, to be held in Minneapolis, April 10-14. Winners are chosen on the basis of technical advancement, technical complexity, milestones and records achieved, interaction and cooperation and advancement of the trenchless industry. They are selected by two committees of experts representing a cross section of the industry.


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