Trenchless Technology magazine, the leading publication covering the trenchless marketplace, has announced the winners of its annual Projects of the Year. Projects are awarded in New Installation and Rehabilitation categories.
The Project of the Year for New Installation is the Empire Connector Extension project, which carries natural gas from the Marcellus Shale. A single 2,643-ft horizontally drilled section was needed to cross the Chemung River, Interstate 86, a major railroad, several wetland areas, and a local road. The project included several trenchless methods to complete the installation through challenging ground conditions.
Other projects recognized in the New Installation category are: Keswick WPCP Effluent Outfall (Runner-up); JEA 36-in. River Crossing (Honorable Mention); and Hayes-Yorktown 230kv Transmission Line Crossing (Honorable Mention).
The Project of the Year for Rehabilitation is the Consolidated Mutual Water Company (CMWC) Pipe Bursting Program. CMWC, located in the Denver area, is performing its own bursting to renew aging water lines with minimal disruption to residents and businesses. The program has significantly reduced costs compared to dig-and-replace and is increasing water quality.
Other projects recognized in the Rehabilitation category are: Trinity River Authority Large-Diameter CIPP (Runner-up); Alabama DOT HWY 280 Emergency Storm Sewer Repair (Honorable Mention); and Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System Condition Assessment (Honorable Mention).
Winners will be featured in the October 2013 issue of Trenchless Technology magazine and formally recognized at the 2014 No-Dig Show, to be held in Orlando, Fla. Winners are chosen on the basis of technical advancement, technical complexity, milestones and records achieved, interaction and cooperation, and advancement of the trenchless industry.