Ready to Lead

Ready to Lead

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At the NUCA Convention in February, the association swore in a new Chairman of the Board, passing the leadership torch from Ryan Schmitt to Florentino Gregorio. Gregorio, a 30-plus-year industry veteran is ready to serve NUCA and make the association an even more valuable asset to its members.

No Room for Error

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has designated April 15-19, 2013, as this year’s National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW). The annual awareness week is intended to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety in work zones.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work Smarter, Not Harder

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When I leave Washington to visit friends and family, I’m often asked, “How do you do it?” In this case “it” refers to one of two things, depending on how cynical the person. Some are asking how I deal with the bureaucratic, political, divisive, argumentative nature of government willingly and enthusiastically.

Operation Underground

Operation Underground

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Before breaking ground on a new project, it’s always important to know what buried utilities are lurking underground. And while your excavator may be ready to start clawing through the soil, it’s essential to identify these utilities prior to digging. Services such as One-Call are a great starting point at identifying a utility’s location, but are not foolproof.

Back to the Basics

Back to the Basics

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Every year construction accidents damage buried utilities resulting in uncounted millions of dollars for repairs to restore essential services, lost time in completing work, causing serious, sometimes fatal injuries, and resulting in seemingly endless litigation.

A Burst of Productivity

A Burst of Productivity

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Since the early 1980s, pipe bursting has grown from a little known pipe rehabilitation technique in North America, into a widely used and, in many cases, preferred pipeline rehabilitation method.

Don’t Pullback on Maintenance

Don’t Pullback on Maintenance

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Often when a routine task becomes mundane, we look for alternative ways to break out of the rut. Yet trenchless experts like Bob Evans, Global Service Manager of the Vermeer Underground division with Vermeer, are firm believers that an established, well-disciplined routine is exactly what’s required when it comes to compact drill maintenance.

The Mini Ex Market

The Mini Ex Market

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Throughout Asia and Europe, construction equipment tends to shrink with metropolitan development as jobsites become increasingly confined. Even U.S. contractors are trending toward machines they once regarded solely as foreign novelties — machines like mini excavators (also called compact excavators).

Santa Fe City Council Repeals CWA after Intense NUCA of New Mexico Effort

Santa Fe City Council Repeals CWA after Intense NUCA of New Mexico Effort

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After 11 long months of testimony, e-mails, phone calls, letters and meetings, the Santa Fe City Council voted to repeal the Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) Ordinance, which was passed in February 2012.The CWA would have required any company bidding a project more than $500,000 in the city of Santa Fe to sign a collective bargaining agreement and essentially become unionized for the duration of the project.