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From The Desk Of Gary Sloman…

The cover of this issue of NM811 Magazine features the well-known Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TS) steam engine #487. Shortly after departing Chama, NM, the C&TS #487 leads a double header past the infamous Juke Tree (a ponderosa pine named after Fred Jukes who first photographed it in the early 1900s). The train then […]

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The News Line

1. NUCA of NM, NM811 and the Public Regulation Commission Pipeline Safety Bureau hosted a Safe Digging Month event at the one call center on April 29, 2014. Public Regulation Commission Chairperson Theresa Becenti-Aguilar and Vice Chair Valerie Espinoza addressed the attendees and congratulated the industry on practicing safe digging. Jason Montoya, PSB Bureau Chief […]

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Vacuum Excavation Under Scrutiny

By Gary Sloman Executive Director NM811 The New Mexico Regional Common Ground Alliance (NMRCGA) met in May and one primary agenda item was to discuss issues with hydro vacuum excavation techniques. One major power company has experienced three failures of high voltage underground electric cable splices when pressurized water was being used for vacuum excavation. […]

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Vacuum Excavation with an Attitude

By Roger Cox By now, most industry professionals have recognized the value of vacuum excavation.  It has become the “safe” way to expose underground facilities so that we can dig or bore more safely around the exposed facilities. When we think about vacuum excavation, we typically think about potholing for directional boring or maybe exposing […]

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Vacuum Excavators Gaining Popularity

By Michael Downes, Staff Writer One of the most dangerous — and costly — situations encountered in the damage prevention community is the dreaded utility strike. So, it’s no surprise that the industry is constantly looking toward newer technologies and tools to make the workplace safer. One such tool, the vacuum excavator, has been on […]

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The Dangers of Boring Blind

By Gary Sloman,  Executive Director NM811 Trenchless installation techniques are increasingly popular, especially in mature residential and commercial areas where traditional trenching methods involve substantial restoration expenses. These methods provide minimal disruption to the surface, minimal disruption to traffic and often minimize public complaints. However, percussive moles and horizontal directional drills (HDD) should never, under […]

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Accountability: Who, What, When, Where and Why?

  by John Jacobi Today is June 17, 2014. For some reason, I am having trouble with the word “accountability.” There are many definitions floating around (Remember the good old days when we only had one or two dictionaries or maybe even an encyclopedia?) I like this one: “The obligation of an individual or organization […]

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Vacuum Excavation: A Key Component of Horizontal Directional Drilling Projects

By Don Buckner With its ability to safely expose underground utilities and effectively remove environmentally sensitive materials, vacuum excavation is quickly becoming standard practice on horizontal directional drilling projects. The need to connect utilities and services across roadways, rivers and congested areas has sparked the rise of horizontal directional drilling (HDD), a trenchless technology that […]

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Me & Dillard

Dillard told me one time, “Boy, you was born to fish.” I don’t know if that was true or not, but some of my greatest memories from a very long time ago have to do with the river, either swimming or fishing and mostly both. Nah, we didn’t take any pictures of anything and for […]

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The Orange Shoe Man

By Bob Nighswonger Where did it go? I remembered thinking those exact words back in the late 80s when first attempting to find a telephone cable that was installed a little over 30 feet deep. The cable was brand new and had just been installed a few weeks earlier using a horizontal directional drill. I […]

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