ICUEE 2013 Attracts Trenchless Professionals

The International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) will hold its 2013 conference Oct. 1-3 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. New for 2013 is an exhibit pavilion designed to highlight the many services and expertise offered by contractors to the utility industry. ICUEE will again work with the H2O-XPO show of the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) and the Incident Prevention (iP) Safety Conference and Expo.

More than 16,000 attendees will experience the “hands down best place for hands-on.” Approximately 800 exhibitors will bring their best and brightest construction and utility equipment for attendees to operate hands-on. ICUEE covers more than 1 million net sq ft of indoor and outdoor exhibits of equipment including, but not limited to: all-terrain carriers, attachments, components, earthmoving, environmental, light, overhead and maintenance, material handling, recycling, safety, testing, transportation, trenching, trenchless, trucks and utility materials/supplies. Machinery is exhibited in job-like conditions and attendees can experience first-hand equipment in action, working at ground level, underground and overhead.

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In addition to trying out equipment, ICUEE will also provide more than 40 educational sessions aimed at those wishing to understand new technologies and learn safety and regulatory practices. These sessions include underground construction education, as well as NASTT’s Cured-in-Place Pipe Good Practices course. This well-known “Good Practices course” offer trenchless professionals, both experienced and new to the field, an in-depth, high-quality learning experience.

The new ICUEE Exhibitor Demo Stage will run during show days; exhibitors will offer concentrated 20-minute educational and interactive segments that highlight the performance or merits of a product/service in actual use or simulated situation. A moderator will host the sessions, introducing each segment and facilitating questions and answers.

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Highlighted below are some products that will be featured at the 2013 ICUEE. For more information about the show, please visit

Sharon M. Bueno is managing editor of Trenchless Technology.

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Akkerman Inc.Akkerman Inc.
Akkerman is introducing the 4815A jacking frame as part of its Guided Boring Machine (GBM) line of equipment. The 4815A has a maximum jacking thrust of 265-tons with a fast advance speed rated at 100 tons. The rotational torque operates in two ranges, 0 to 10,500 ft-lbs and 0 to 26,000-ft-lbs maximum torque. Each torque range offers a two-speed option, 35 rpm and 50 rpm in the low torque setting; and 23 and 35 rpm in the high torque setting. The 4815A is designed to work out of 15-ft minimum round or square shaft. The dogging frame’s 7.5-in.cylinders have a 30-in. stroke and reposition on center every 24 in. to allow for up to 96-in. pipe segments without the need for spacer cans; 100-tons is available for pull-back tooling operations. The 4815A performs with all existing GBM tooling currently used on 240, 308 and 4812 jacking frames. An optional Power Cutter Head/Power Reaming Head Hydraulic control package is available.

American AugersAmerican Augers
The latest midsize horizontal directional drill from American Augers will be featured at ICUEE.  The DD-155T features: a low noise design with advanced Quiet Pak technology, an incredible 30,000 ft lbs. of torque and unique drilling angles from 12 to 22 degrees. Demo-ing in Lot K will also be the new midsize Exit-Side Wrench ESW-M. This patent-pending device offers up to 60,000 ft lbs of break-out torque, up to 45,000 ft lbs of make-up torque, 2,000 ft lbs of torque on 60 rpm spinner and remote control. The ESW-M is to be used with an excavator; easily pick up pipe or tooling from a stack.

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Baroid Industrial Drilling ProductsBaroid Industrial Drilling Products
QUIK-BORE high-yield boring fluid system is specially formulated for use in horizontal directional drilling, tunneling and microtunneling applications. The use of QUIK-BORE high-yield boring fluid system assists or promotes functional gel strength for cuttings suspension, improves borehole stability, reduces filtration, and lubricates pipe in micro-tunneling operations. The QUIK-BORE fluid system is NSF/ANSI Standard 60 certified and disperses readily in water for very easy mixing. The product helps provide lubrication for pulling product line and can also be used in unconsolidated formations. Additionally, this fluid system efficiently improves filtration control by forming a thin filter cake with low permeability, while providing gel strength to compensate for low annular velocity. Using the QUIK-BORE system can help minimize the number of boring fluid products required and ultimately reduce jobsite costs.

Buzzi Unicem USABuzzi Unicem USA
Buzzi Unicem USA Ulti-Pave3, a one-component, rapid hardening, cementitious patching material formulated to meet ASTM C-928 R3. It can be used in the rapid repair of roadways both concrete and asphalt, military and commercial airport runways, taxiways, and ramps, parking decks, warehouse floors, sidewalks, manholes and utility valve boxes. Ulti-Pave3 provides 30 minutes of workability, reaching compressive strengths of approximately 3,100 PSI within one hour after product placement, allowing traffic to return in one hour or less, under normal weather conditions. Ulti-Pave3 is available in a cold weather formulation to extend use of the product during less than normal weather conditions.

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Condux InternationalCondux International
The comprehensive Condux line of Gulfstream Fiber Optic Cable Blowers can accommodate almost any fiber-optic cable installation need and will be on display at ICUEE 2013. From long haul, middle mile projects to last mile and micro fiber enterprise installations, Condux has developed a line the Gulfstream line of fiber-optic cable blowers to meet a wide range of installation needs. Condux blowers are specially designed to handle all types of fiber and all types of installations. The Gulfstream 400 is ideally suited for long-haul and middle-mile projects, while the Gulfstream 200 micro fiber-optic cable blower is ideal for FTTH and Enterprise micro fiber installations. The APS75 Hydraulic Underground Cable Puller provides up to 7,500 lbs of continuous pulling power to tackle a comprehensive range of pulling applications. Designed for installing underground cable, the APS75 is completely self-contained and transports easily from jobsite to jobsite.

Ditch WitchDitch Witch
Designed for the utility contractor, the Ditch Witch JT25 Horizontal Directional Drill is the quietest drill among all drills. Offering 27,000 lbs of thrust and pullback and 4,000 ft-lbs of rotational torque, the JT25 HDD is ideal for installing utility pipe and cables of up to 12 in. in diameter at lengths of up to 500 ft. It has a 130-hp, Tier 4i Cummins diesel engine that is seven decibels quieter than the engine of its main competitor. And the JT25 has no grease zerks, eliminating this common maintenance requirement.

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GapVax Hydro-excavators are multi-purpose systems for virtually every wet/dry vacuum project imaginable. The HV56 has a 15 cu yd debris body and water tank options from 350 to 1,200 gals. The HV56 specs include a positive displacement vacuum pump rated at 3,500 cfm with 28-in Hg. The patented design prolongs the life of the filter bags and eliminates the costly threat of material entering the vacuum pump. Optional equipment includes cold-weather recirculation package, sludge pump, patented auger unloading system, body pressurization system, remote pendants and wireless remotes, high rail package, Washdown system, stainless steel body, new High Dump option and more. Whether you are excavating, locating utilities, digging pot holes, tunneling, slot trenching, conveying dry gravel and sand, or general cleanup, the GapVax can handle any of your vacuum needs. 

The UtilityScan DF Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system helps utility locators determine the position and depth of metallic and non-metallic objects, including service utilities such as gas, communications, sewer lines, as well as underground storage tanks and PVC pipes. The UtilityScan DF is GSSI’s premium GPR unit for utility locating. It incorporates our innovative digital dual-frequency antenna (300 and 800 MHz) and an easy-to use touchscreen interface to view shallow and deep targets simultaneously in a single scan. With an operation life of up to eight hours and a survey speed up to 10 km/h (6.25 mph), data collection is fast and efficient. Typical uses: Utility detection — metallic and non-metallic; Environmental remediation; Damage prevention; Geological investigation; Archaeology; Forensics; and Road inspection.

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HDD BrokerHDD Broker
HDD Broker announces the pending rollout of the all new InfoCheck Feature, a listings enhancement for the company’s website at InfoCheck provides a checklist for each listing that shows how comprehensive the information within a listing is and website users can search and sort listings by their InfoCheck rating. This new system will help to increase buyer confidence and motivate sellers to provide even more information about their equipment.  Look for the new feature to roll out in September.

Mala GeoScienceMala GeoScience
MALA’s relentless pursuit to provide its customers worldwide with the most advanced ground penetrating radar technology for utility detection yields the Easy Locator HDR.  HDR means High Dynamic Range, delivering to the user higher resolution and deeper depth penetration than prior GPR technology for utility detection. A single frequency transducer now performs the work of two-a direct result from MALA’s engineering break-through HDR concept that allows the detection and imaging of targets from small near surface service connections to deeper larger transmission facilities. With the new zoom function and other upgrades incorporated into HDR monitor the user can zoom in for visualization of small near surface targets or out for maximum range to view the deepest targets. The detection limits span a broader range of various size utility targets particularly non-metallic, non-conductive utilities such as plastic, asphalt composite, concrete or terracotta and more.    

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McLaughlin has designed a core drill attachment for use with its 500-, 800- and 1,200-gal vacuum excavators. The optional core drill provides utility contractors the ability to use vacuum excavation technology in locating existing underground utilities beneath hard surfaces such as asphalt and concrete. The McLaughlin Mini Core Drill is capable of cutting holes at 6-, 8- and 10-in. diameters. The drill cuts a uniform hole into pavement or asphalt, minimally impacting the surface structure. Once the vacuum excavation process has been completed and utility located, backfill material is used for reinstatement, the fill material is compacted, and the core is grouted back in place, leaving the road surface with minimal disruption. The McLaughlin Mini Core Drill features an integrated cutting tool available in 6, 8 or 10 in. A patented vacuum suction base uses a sealing gasket between the core drill base and the pavement surface. The vacuum pressure keeps the base securely in place and eliminates the need to drill bolts and pins into the pavement used with conventional designs.

Melfred BorzallMelfred Borzall
For tough cobble conditions and a successful bore the first time out, Melfred Borzall’s Iron Fist bit rocks. The Iron Fist features a contoured design ideal for drilling in cobble conditions. Rebuildable carbide blocks across the face and wear edges of the bit are available in two configurations — one with conical cutters for fracturing soft rock formations; another with rounded carbides to more effectively roll past cobbles. All other wear areas are treated with chunky carbide hardfacing for longevity. With ¼-in. recessed fluid holes set back from the face of the bit to reduce plugging, a built-in check valve to prevent fluid holes from clogging, and built-in wrench flats for easy removal, the Iron Fist is one aggressive, dependable and long lasting bit.

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MTI EquipmentMTI Equipment
What does “Drill Ready” mean to you? Has your sales rep actually put rod in the ground with the drill you want to purchase? Does your salesman even know how to drill? When you buy a drill from MTI we don’t just tell you it’s ready to work… we prove it. The MTI Process begins with a thorough inspection and full service of the machine during which time we change the engine oil, oil filter, fuel filter(s), hydraulic filter(s) and air filter(s). We make sure the machine is safe to operate and inspect the overall condition of the drill including the hydraulic system, cooling system, electrical system, and frame. If the drill passes this inspection we will perform a test bore to check for flaws that we believe can only be found by putting rod into the ground. At this point we will bring the drill back into the shop and fix everything we discovered during the drilling process. We will perform these steps as many times as it takes to make your drill one that will be reliable, powerful and “Drill Ready.”

Radius HDDRadius HDD
Rock drilling is hard. Rock reaming can be an even bigger challenge.  As part of its rock tooling line, Radius offers hole-openers for just such challenges.  Along with a large selection of hole-openers in stock, Radius also offers custom built reamers for even the most difficult conditions. Radius hole-openers feature oversized steel plates and shafts, as well as, re-enforced frame construction to transfer the maximum amount rig torque to the cutting face for greater performance and durability.  All Hole–Openers are available with new TCI or mill tooth cutters. Premium re-run cones are also available as a more economical option.  

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Safe digging practices are essential for underground contractors to help protect your customers, your equipment, your people and your business. Vacuum excavation is the utility industry’s only widely endorsed best practice for digging around underground utilities. Ring-O-Matic offers some of the safest and fastest vacuum excavators on the market to help you when locating buried utilities, potholing, trenching, key holing, slot trenching and many other jobs. Ring-O-Matic has been a leading innovator in the industry, manufacturing vacuum excavators for more than 30 years. Ring-O-Matic offers a full line of vacuum excavators with spoils tanks from 150 to 3,000 gals and vacuum ranges from 600 to 3,000 cfm using rugged Gardner-Denver blowers powered by reliable CAT engines.  We will be displaying our newly redesigned patented Cyclo-Jet Pothole Excavator with even better cutting power, faster digging times and lower operator fatigue.
The Robbins Co.The Robbins Co.
Robbins has developed a new small diameter boring unit for line and grade critical bores up to 500 ft in hard rock and mixed ground. The Motorized Small Boring Unit (SBU-M) is available from 30 to 48 in. and fills a niche traditionally occupied by microtunneling and pipe jacking operations. The Robbins SBU-M is a cost-effective alternative that delivers impressive results due to laser-guided steering capabilities, an easy-access cutterhead and a unique vacuum system for spoil removal. It is typically used with a concrete casing; however, this can be pushed out with Reinforced Concrete Pipe (RCP) on longer drives. A 38-in. diameter machine was launched in early July, and is being used for six mixed ground crossings. Stop by booth #L251 to learn more about this project, and our entire line of trenchless equipment.

Roose Mfg.Roose Mfg.
Since 1971 Roose Mfg. Co. of Pella, Iowa, has been manufacturing quality trailers. We carry various sizes for single, double or triple reel carriers, with many different accessories available. Our Model RR-335 carries three 3,500-lb, 120-in. diameter, 60-in. wide reels. This trailer is designed for easy loading of three reels by opening the rear gate, and then rolling the reels into the trailer. With the reels in a boxed in area and a low center of gravity, the reel mover is safe and convenient. Features include Dexter Never-Lube axles and five years or a 100,000-mile bearing life warranty. The RR-335 is equipped with a Honda Engine that has six valves to control raising and lowering of the reels.

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Sensors & SoftwareSensors & Software
Sensors & Software, a pioneer in ground penetrating radar (GPR) innovation, announces the release of its LMX100 and Utility SmartCart products. LMX100 is a very effective tool for locating and marking metal, plastic or concrete utilities. You can also use LMX100 to detect utilities with broken tracer wires, discover undocumented utilities and find unexpected obstacles. The low cost LMX100 allows you to confidentially excavate and drill (HDD) safely. The Utility SmartCart helps you to effectively design installations using its Locating, Mapping and Reporting features. This easy to use SmartCart allows you to accurately define locations and depths for buried infrastructure and unscramble densely packed installations. Stop by booth #2954 for a live demonstration of these tools.

Sewer Equipment of AmericaSewer Equipment of America
Large capacity and great features: The HX-12 brings all of the great Ramvac advantages to you in a conveniently sized hydro excavator. The HX-12 features a 12-yard debris tank for when you can’t leave a big job to unload the material. HX-12 features the industry’s only Temperature Controlled Environmental Chamber and a Directional Discharge System so you can off load your debris back into the excavation site when you are done — without a mess of dumping your truck.

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Super ProductsSuper Products
Super Products’ line of purpose-built hydro excavators include 12- and 16-yard units that offer industry-unique capabilities that can enhance performance efficiency — regardless of how challenging the job site conditions — as well as increase operator convenience. The Mud Dog 1200 and 1600 each feature a rear-mounted boom capable of 335-degree rotation, 27-ft reach, and 45-degree upward and 25-dgree downward pivot. For fast, thorough and easy debris removal, Mud Dogs use Super Products’ exclusive ejector plate unloading system.  And their “tilt-unloading” feature ensures liquids in the collector body are cleared quickly and efficiently even when unloading in an up-slope/nose down position. In addition to many standard features, an array of equipment options can be specified to tailor each unit to specifically meet customers’ most common and toughest hydro excavation challenges.

The Toro Co.The Toro Co.
The Toro line of underground construction equipment makes its debut at ICUEE. The booth will feature Toro’s lines of horizontal directional drills, ride-on trenchers and vibratory plows. Toro’s new DD2024 HDD incorporates a compact footprint with 20,000 lbs of pullback force and up to 2,400 ft-lbs of rotary torque. The unit features field-proven quad rack-and-pinion drive with adjustable force limiter. The onboard mud pump flows 15 gpm at 1,250 psi and the floating carriage has two speeds, including a 120 ft/min fast mode. Toro will also have its walk-behind trenchers, compact utility loaders and all new compaction equipment in the booth.

Tric ToolsTric Tools
The completely revised TRIC X30 lateral bursting system is the culmination of over 15 years of field service, replacing 4- and 6-in. laterals day after day all over America. Every aspect of the new X30 has been improved, reflecting TRIC’s dedication to reliability and value for our customers. Ergonomically designed pick-points on the hydraulic puller and resistance plate make handling safer and easier. A more robust pulley wheel provides extra durability and worry-free operation. Adjustable angle, O-ring boss-mounted hydraulic fittings make it even easier to operate the X30 in close quarters. Combined with a whole new series of TRIC high-flow hydraulic power-packs, the X30 is now faster, more adaptable, and more affordable than ever before. TRIC has always set the standard in lateral bursting equipment, and the new X30 raises that standard.

TT TechnologiesTT Technologies
TT Technologies will be displaying its full line of trenchless Grundomat piercing tools, Grundoram pipe ramming tools and Grundoburst and Grundocrack pipebursting tools, at ICUEE 2013.  Attendees can see industry leading trenchless equipment including recently introduced pipe ramming adapters. The new standard components are able to facilitate direct connections to 108- and 120-in. steel pipe. TT Technologies offers world’s largest, in-stock inventory of pneumatic pipe ramming gear able to accommodate 4- to 120-in.casing installations. TT Technologies will display its the line of Grundomat horizontal boring tools, as well as the Grundoburst static pipebursting system and Grundocrack pneumatic pipebursting tools.  Seventeen models of Grundomat tools, from 1 3/4  to 7 in. diameter, are available for horizontal boring distances from 50 to 150 ft. 

United City GroupUnited City Group
UCG has successfully repaired thousands of broken transmitters considered non-repairable in the past including Digital Control Digitrak Mark, Mark II, Mark III, Mark IV, Mark V, Eclipse, F2, F5, LT and SE, as well as McLaughlin Spot D Tek saving customers millions of dollars. At UCG, we believe our customer support exceeds the manufacturers. We offer immediate response, technical support, Intelligent Routing System, extended hours of operation, free FedEx/UPS pickup. Expert repair work accompanied by our world class 100 day warranty, and swap out options make our repair services a must have for all horizontal directional drilling contractors.

Underground Tool Inc.Underground Tool Inc.
Underground Tools Inc. will be displaying its expanded line of premium quality directional drilling pipe and HDD tooling, as well as high-quality trencher parts. UTI’s comprehensive line of HDD down-hole tooling features improved designs and includes drive chucks, starter rods, reamers, sonde housings, pilot bits, carriage chain and more. UTI offers drill pipe for nearly every make and model of drill rig. UTI’s drill pipe is readily available, and made from top quality materials, with careful consideration given to precise threaded connections. UTI’s trencher parts line includes chains, cutting systems and sprockets.  All are made with the finest steel and carbide and heat-treated to ensure strength. Trencher parts are lab tested and field-proven for durability.

Vacall AllExcavate hydro excavation models are available with a popular cold weather package, assuring smooth, reliable performance during frigid winter weather. The package includes heated cabinetry that encloses the boiler, warming the water for hydro excavation when temperatures drop below freezing. Another popular option — high dump capability — allows the operator to use a wireless remote control to raise the debris tank as much as 76 in. aboveground level and then shift the tank horizontally 21 in. beyond the rear bumper. Unique to the industry, this option makes it possible to dump debris into roll-off containers, avoiding the need to travel off-site for dumping. Vacall AllExcavate hydro excavators use just one engine for mobility, as well as to generate water flow at 10 to 25 gpm and pressures up to 3,000 psi. 

Vactor Mfg.Vactor Mfg.
The Vactor HXX Hydro-Excavator provides a safer, easy-to-use alternative to handle potholing, waterline repair, slot trenching, directional drilling, sign and pole installation, pipe and line installation and other large-volume excavation. This machine provides up to seven hours of continuous operation with the on-board water. Lower water flow results in less operator fatigue and a cleaner, more precise digging process. Features include a 12-cu yd debris body fabricated from corrosion- and abrasion-resistant steel; a 1,200-gal high-density polyethylene (HDPE) water tank that retains heated water temperature longer, reducing the likelihood of freezing during operation in harsh winter weather; and a top-mounted, 7-ft hydraulic extendable boom that provides 320-degree rotation. Heated pump cabinets and a built-in boiler allow the HXX to work on frozen ground in sub-zero temperatures. The Vactor HXX is available in positive displacement (PD) and fan configurations.

Vermeer engineered the D36x50DR Series II Navigator HDD for the unique demands of mixed ground conditions, including rock. This new drill has been designed from the drawing table of the popular D36x50 Series II Navigator HDD, but has been modified to accommodate the distinct rock drilling technology. The D36x50DR Series II features a dual rod design with dual threaded makeup. With a rated 1500 ft-lb of inner rod rotational torque, a downhole tri-cone powers through tough formations as the outer rod provides steering and backreaming rotation. The dual threaded rod design also enables a drilling fluid course both through and around the inner rod to help meet the volume requirements needed for efficient removal of the cuttings. An automated rod makeup and breakout system can be utilized to reduce manual operator interface, though it is equipped with a manual override for operators who prefer it. The D36x50DR Series II also employs an onboard rod carrying capacity up to 500 ft of Firestick drill rod.

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