Over the past decade, much attention has been given to the current state of our aging underground utility infrastructure network. The estimated overall cost to reinvest in these systems is astronomical. In a recent study, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) concluded that the United States will need to invest nearly $1 trillion over the next 25 years to simply replace deteriorated water pipes.
Since its introduction to North America more than 30 years ago, pipe bursting is still making a tremendous impact on the way sewer, water, gas and storm drain pipe replacement is done. Pneumatic pipe bursting was developed from the concepts found in pneumatic piercing tools and still makes up the largest portion of high production bursting that is done in the United States.
JCB’s John Patterson, who rose through the ranks from field service engineer to Group Chief Executive, has retired after 43 years’ service. His retirement sees Arjun Mirdha take up the position of President and CEO of JCB in North America, where Patterson has led operations since 2008 as Chairman and CEO.