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John Allen, outgoing president of the Pipe Line Contractors Association and president of Pipeline Constructors LLC, welcomed 625 delegates to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, FL.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The nation’s One-Call system is considered a vital element in on-going efforts to prevent damage to buried pipes and cables – a telephone call to 8-1-1 rings the nearest state One-Call center which arranges for utility providers who are members to locate and mark buried lines at a specified construction site.

With attendance soaring, the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) held their 38th annual meeting in February at the historic Marriott Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, CA.

The Downers Grove Sanitary District (DGSD) is located in Downers Grove, IL, a community located 25 miles west of Chicago. The District serves 20,000 residential and business customers in Downers Grove and surrounding communities.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Working deep underground inside a large pipe or other enclosure requires specialized training, equipment, work procedures and safety practices.

John W. Jaeger, Senior Project Manager, Binkley and Barfield Inc.

The Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Group of Binkley & Barfield Inc. (BBI) has established a systematic methodology to manage risk through the Quality Level A through D system (QL-A – test holes, QL-B – designation, QL-C – surface feature survey and QL-D – records information) as prescribed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

More and more each day we are seeing statistics reflecting what most of us in the pipeline industry already know: the economic impact of a booming energy industry – pipelines included – is primarily responsible for economic condition of the United States.

While typically, the Houston area of southeast Texas experiences mild winter weather conditions, January 2014 proved that the city is not immune to the horrific winter weather being experienced across most of the nation.

Oliver Klinger, Publisher

Attendance set a record as over 420 delegates attended the Distribution Contractors Association 53rd Annual Convention at the Ritz Carlton in Cancun, Mexico. Many of those delegates were attending their first ever DCA convention.

The convention was presided over by outgoing president Tim Bell of Midwestern Contractors, Elburn, IL.

Some of the largest wind farms in the United States are using large diameter, solid wall high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit to protect electrical cables and the environment.

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