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Formerly known as the Tulsa Pipeline Expo, the rebranded and expanded The Pipeline and Energy Expo was held in August at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa.

Rita Tubb, Executive Editor

The United States and Canada will require an annual average midstream natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids midstream infrastructure investment of nearly $30 billion per year, or $641 billion total over the 22-year period from 2014 to 2035, a new study finds.

Irv Gemora

EDITOR’S NOTE: In 2016, NASSCO will celebrate its 40th year of setting standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As we look forward, we also look back to those who have made significant contributions and have impacted the continued acceptance and use of trenchless technologies.

Special to Underground Construction

Jon Haas had been using piercing tools as part of a military experiment, installing pipes under roads and runways. After completing some of the bores, he was puzzled to see water coming from an elevated fill section of the pavement he was working on. The only possible explanation for water at this highpoint was that it must have been trapped under the pavement. The bore from the piercing tool released it.

You don’t have to listen hard to hear the housing boom occurring in Portland, OR. Growth and development echo through the Columbia River Valley, bounding off hundreds of new rooftops — symbols of rebirth and renewal for Phoenix Excavating, Vancouver, WA.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Consumers Energy Company, Michigan’s largest utility provider, plans to spend $150 million this year to expand and upgrade its natural gas system that includes 28,000 miles of distribution and transmission pipelines serving 1.7 gas million customers throughout the state.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Improvements in equipment continue to expand capabilities, experience and project owner recognition of the benefits of horizontal directional drilling.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Tulsa Rig Iron has added to its product line a hydrostatic test pump package designed specifically to fill and pressure up new and repaired pipelines for integrity testing before they are put into service.

Randy Happel, Contributing Editor

Given the remarkable capabilities of trenchless technology, crossing a body of water known as the Little River in Massachusetts using horizontal directional drilling (HDD) doesn’t seem like it would be all that difficult.

Summing up the largest diameter pipe burst performed by his company to date, John Newell, general manager of No-Dig Tec of Dallas, quipped, “It was just a walk in the park.”

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