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Canada
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More than 166 windmills, 300 megawatts, 140,000 homes and just one drill; when the numbers are all added up, they total a successful boring project and installation of Canada’s largest wind energy project to date. In summer 2013, two of North America’s largest wind energy companies — Enbridge and EDF EN Canada — came together to complete a massive alternative energy expansion in Vulcan County, Alberta.

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Over years of use, sewer lines suffer damage that can include holes, cracks and erosion. To ensure the continued function and safety of aging collection systems, owners must routinely undertake extensive pipe repairs and rehabilitation. Various technologies are used for this purpose.

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Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) — the term has come a long way since first introduced in Canada back around 2002. The adoption of this practice has set a high but attainable bar for the collection and depiction of existing utilities. This was the goal — achieve a common standard that could be followed regardless of state and provincial boundaries.

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The success of a recent water main replacement in Moorhead, Minn., backed by positive readings from a digital pressure and pullback monitor, helped change some minds about restrained-joint PVC pipe’s resilience in static pipe bursting applications.

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Mount Pleasant Waterworks (MPW), the water and wastewater service provider Mount Pleasant, S.C., was presented with a complicated problem: underground force mains in unknown conditions.

Directional Drilling
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Desert Boring Excavation LLC arrives at a hot, sunbaked jobsite. The company has been called in for a utility expansion project in Arizona. The underground construction company is dedicated to locating underground utilities and using HDD technology to improve the infrastructure of the cities and towns in Arizona.

Pipe Cleaning
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Ten years ago, Spartan Tool nearly burned to the ground.It was an accidental fire that happened overnight, and by morning, 250,000 sq ft of the company’s manufacturing facility was destroyed. “It was a major challenge to satisfy customer needs in both the short- and the medium-term while we struggled and raced to get back into business,” said Spartan Tool president Tom Pranka.

Directional Drilling
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Every workday morning, five Global Underground Solutions horizontal directional drilling (HDD) crews are busy installing underground utilities for a broad range of clients. Based in Chesapeake, Va., Global Underground Solutions serves electrical and telecommunications service providers, water and sewer companies and general contractors in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

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Based on the Golden Rule of treating others the way that you want to be treated, AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company has grown into a company with annual sales of more than $1 billion.Within that business are five sales divisions, three of which manufacture pipe that are used in trenchless applications from water and sewer systems to gas and oil pipelines. AMERICAN’s Ductile Iron Pipe, SpiralWeld Pipe and Steel Pipe divisions serve those needs.

Business/People
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Engineers are a distinctive, creative and somewhat mysterious group — who are they really? The comic strip character Dilbert comes to mind when I try to describe the stereotypical engineer. Not really fair to the profession! But in the real-world, these individuals are critical to all construction projects — they are incredibly smart, problem-solving, solution-oriented people who seemingly can untangle any tangled knot they come across.

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TT Technologies has literally grown up with the trenchless technology industry, coming into being before the term “trenchless” became synonymous with the rehabilitation of underground infrastructure that it is today.This Aurora, Ill.-based business is one of a handful of companies that drew its first breaths at the onset of the trenchless technology revolution…

Features John Milligan Sahara Desert
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John Milligan sets goals and challenges that push him to be a stronger person and to live life without regret — a credo he encourages others to follow as they navigate through their lives.

Applications Kim Staheli
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The cliché “bigger is better” has been drilled into our brains.Over the years, marketing gurus have become genius at burning ideas into our psyches that we need a bigger car, a bigger TV, a bigger house — a bigger piece of the proverbial pie to get ahead.But in the world of technology, it’s a total opposite dynamic: Everything that is cutting-edge and innovative is getting smaller, such as cameras, phones and computers.

Pipe Relining Insituform Intracoastal Waterway Rehab
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Forty years ago, the rehabilitation of an egg-shaped sewer was successfully completed in the London Borough of Hackney.

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