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No matter what part of the country you're in, utility constructionis a vital part of everyday life. As communities develop, so does the need for standard utility construction like water infrastructure, including septic systems and storm water handling, power infrastructure, telecommunications work both above and below ground, power lines and other utility lines.



Support (And Practice) Safe Digging: Why It's Important for AEM Members to Do Their Part

While many have adapted to working remotely, one thing that may have not crossed our minds is the importance of utility infrastructure. None of the video calls that we've all grown to love so much would be possible without high-speed connectivity to our homes....


SAE Vacuum Excavation and Sewer Cleaning Equipment Standards Published

SAE has published a second standard for vacuum excavators and sewer cleaning equipment with the publication of J3107 to complement the already published J3106 Standard. The members of AEM's AEM's Underground Equipment Manufacturers Committee (UEMC) understood the need for standards for the growing vacuum excavation equipment industry....


The most important thing when it comes to energy infrastructureis having a professional who has been working with energy infrastructurefor a period of time. A live wire in underground utility constructioncan cause sudden death, and the same goes with live wire with energy infrastructure with power lines.

Four Ways to Bore Under a Paved Surface

Installing something below a paved surface sounds like a daunting task. While breaking and repairing the surface is one approach to adding pipes, cables and lines below a driveway or sidewalk, that method comes with extra labor, cost and challenges....


Cross Bore Safety Association to Participate in 2021 Global Excavation Safety Conference

The Cross Bore Safety Association (CBSA), an association dedicated to minimizing the occurrence of cross bore damages, injuries and loss of life, will be holding the first ever course on cross bore safety in the spring of 2021....


Common Ground Alliance Analysis of Near Miss Data Suggests Late Locates of Buried Utilities are Underreported

Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the stakeholder-driven organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them and their communities, announced findings from a new supplemental report examining near miss data submitted to the Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) from 2015 to 2018....


Utility Line Construction also deals with the everyday maintenance that occurs or when a power line goes down in a town. Without the right utility construction training and utility constructionequipment, millions could be without power for hours or even days. Along with this is the need for septic system maintenance. This is critical for towns, cities, and residences. Often times, in the summer, you'll find construction workers waist deep in a pit on the side of the road. This is because they are doing septic system maintenanceor completely replacing the system.

Next Generation Ditch Witch RT80 Trencher Released for Urban Utility Jobs

Underground construction in urban areas can be a constricting and uniquely challenging experience — especially without a versatile and maneuverable machine. Providing a solution to these challenges for contractors and operators inspired improvements of an already proven Ditch Witch ride-on trencher, the RT80....


How New Construction Pros Prevent Costly Curb Box Damage Due to Acidic Soil

For new construction projects in areas with acidic soils, keeping curb boxes in good working order is critical to avoid compromised water service, angry customers and costly repair and replacement. Traditionally, a curb box is composed of a metal tube that connects the cast iron base to a cast iron lid/cap....


ICUEE 2019 Shatters Attendance Records With More Than 19K Attendees, More Than 1,000 Exhibitors

Registration was a "well-oiled machine" early morning on day-one as attendees flocked to attend the first educational sessions and opening day of the show floor. Record numbers of utility and construction professionals converged on Louisville, Ky., for the 2019 International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) Oct....


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Quanta Services Sets New HDD Operators Up for Success

The rise in underground utility projects is good news for contractors across the country. However, whether it be due to fiber build-out or aging infrastructure replacement, this growth requires underground utility contractors to find and employ more horizontal directional drill (HDD) operators....


Illinois American Water Invests Over $122M for Water Infrastructure

Illinois American Water invested over $122 million in water and wastewater upgrades in 2018. The 2018 construction season included installing approximately 198,000 ft. (more than 38 mi.) of water main and approximately 3,700 ft....







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