Commentary

COMMENTARY: Trust Your Engineers to Choose the Right Project Materials

COMMENTARY: Trust Your Engineers to Choose the Right Project Materials

August 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm 0 comments

By Abe Munfakh As a professional engineer, I have spent my career focused on infrastructure projects. While this has given me a unique perspective on the importance of these efforts, over the years I have also worked very closely with community leaders and elected officials onRead More

COMMENTARY: Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

COMMENTARY: Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

July 15, 2019 at 9:58 am 0 comments

By Dan Buckley As contractors, engineers and business owners, we deal with numbers every day. As I give you a recent summary of how our elected officials have been behaving, I ask you to remember a scene from a movie that is over 20 yearsRead More

COMMENTARY: Time to Start Recycling for Research

COMMENTARY: Time to Start Recycling for Research

April 8, 2019 at 8:56 am 0 comments

By Gordon Henrich As I was moderating a session at a trenchless rehab seminar it became obvious that most research and development in our industry is being done on new pipe and manholes ordered directly from a manufacturer. If our focus is rehabilitation, why aren’t weRead More

The Value of Industry-University Collaborative Research

The Value of Industry-University Collaborative Research

February 25, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

By John Matthews Traditionally, research conducted at many universities falls under the category of fundamental research, which is primarily conducted to enhance our basic knowledge in a certain area. In the trenchless technology industry, and regarding the university researchers active in the field, the focusRead More

COMMENTARY: Construct Water Infrastructure Projects Right the First Time

COMMENTARY: Construct Water Infrastructure Projects Right the First Time

January 9, 2019 at 11:13 am 0 comments

By Tony Hyde One unifying factor for both the general public, but also for many of us who vote for, manage and design infrastructure projects, is that water and wastewater projects can feel as though they are out of sight, out of mind. Buried pipeRead More

Educating to Employ: Public Works Programs Help to Close Gaps

Educating to Employ: Public Works Programs Help to Close Gaps

November 12, 2018 at 12:04 pm 0 comments

By Mike Russin The jobs report may show the unemployment rate at a rare low, but one industry has been struggling to hire for several years now. Municipalities are facing a workforce gap as Baby Boomers continue to enter retirement — and the jobs availableRead More

How Not to Get Caught with Your Valves – Or Any Other Part of Your System – Down

How Not to Get Caught with Your Valves – Or Any Other Part of Your System – Down

August 23, 2018 at 2:24 pm 0 comments

Asset management can be a gradual process, but condition assessment requires more than a superficial scan of system components. News media report the big infrastructure failures. Whether we manage water systems or tap into them, we hear about major water main breaks, tunnel collapses andRead More

The Water Main Report Card

The Water Main Report Card

June 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm 0 comments

By Steven Folkman Most water professionals are well aware that in 2009, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issued its Infrastructure Report Card and gave a D- to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. In a small sign of improvement, the 2013 ASCE Report CardRead More

Is Your Water Loss Program Informing Your Asset Management Program?

Is Your Water Loss Program Informing Your Asset Management Program?

February 22, 2018 at 12:25 pm 0 comments

| By Will Jernigan I often get asked the question, “How do leaks inform the decision to repair or replace pipeline infrastructure?” You may encounter this very question embedded in your asset management program. How does the break history factor into prioritization of line replacementRead More

Consolidation & Privatization Would Help Communities Finally Resolve Urgent Infrastructure Issues

Consolidation & Privatization Would Help Communities Finally Resolve Urgent Infrastructure Issues

February 21, 2018 at 7:30 am 0 comments

By Julius Ciaccia, Jr. Over the last 40 years serving in top-level management for water/wastewater public utilities, I’ve been witness to a steady conversation about the broadening infrastructure investment gap in the drinking water and sewer industry. We continue to strike the mallet to bringRead More