Geothermal Installation is Educational Process for Contractors, College

At St. Clair County Community College (SC4) in Port Huron, Mich., contractors and college students alike are learning about green buildings and technologies. The lessons are being taught in unlikely places — in a parking lot and through the passing around of viral videos. Students at the college will participate in lessons on green environments stemming from a geothermal installation underneath a large parking lot on campus. The parking lot is also outfitted with bioswales …

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Venezuela uses HDPE for large-diameter water line

The economic lifeblood of Venezuela very well could run through the Peninsula de Paraguaná in the Estado Falcón (Falcon State) of Venezuela. The peninsula is home to the Western Hemisphere’s largest oil refinery center, the Paraguaná Refinery Center. Unfortunately, the peninsula has been plagued by an undersized and unreliable steel pipeline that provided limited water resources for the workers and residents of the Peninsula de Paraguaná. Some of those residents even relied on wells for …

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Contractor Crosses Washita River with a New “Horse”

In mid-2011, McElroy equipment helped the City of Ardmore, Oklahoma install a 36-inch DIPS SDR 11 pipeline under the Washita River. Using directional drilling, the new water main was installed to replace a concrete main that had been washed away by the constant erosion forces of the river passing over the exposed pipe. Ardmore lies equidistant between Dallas, Texas and Oklahoma City. Home to approximately 24,000, the city relies on several reservoirs, a series of …

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54-Inch Polyethylene Pipe Offers Three-Way Solution

Whychus Creek has provided irrigation water to farmers in Three Sisters Irrigation District in Central Oregon since 1888, but through inefficient canal systems that lose up to 50 percent of the water before it reaches the farms. To remedy the problem, Three Sisters Irrigation District (TSID) chose to eliminate seepage losses by piping their main canal with twin 54-inch high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes. The water that was typically lost in the canal that flows through …

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