November 22, 2021
Air & Hydro Vacuum Pros & Cons

Pros & Cons Of Air Vacuum & Hydro Vacuum Excavation

Vacuum excavation remains a leading method deployed by construction and utility crews for project digging in a variety of applications. Leveraging the kinetic energy from a high-velocity stream of air or water, vacuum excavation operators have the unique ability to break up ground soil and then remove it through a powerful suction hose to reuse as backfill or transport for disposal.
November 8, 2021
How We Partner With General & Electrical Contractors

How We Partner With General & Electrical Contractors On Excavation Projects

As a civil contractor specializing in a range of specific construction services, we not only engage directly with clients to carry out excavation tasks, but also partner with general and electrical contractors on large-scale projects. In subcontracting for these types of complex projects, we work to maintain high levels of quality, safety and efficiency, providing the added value of WBENC certification and specialized expertise.
September 22, 2021
Hydrovac & Effective Subsurface Engineering

Why Effective Subsurface Engineering Depends On Hydrovac

As the nation expands in population and evolves in capability, there’s an ever-growing need for new and improved infrastructure. But while enterprises like telecommunications advancement, management of electric, gas and water utilities, construction and roadway development continue to proliferate, land mass stays the same—all while existing frameworks become outdated or deteriorated.
September 7, 2021
Smaller Hydrovac Trucks

Why, When & How We Use Smaller Hydrovac Trucks

In a variety of construction and utility applications, hydrovac trucks have become increasingly deployed by crews to carry out excavation work in a safer, more precise and more efficient way. Hydro excavation is often the preferred method over more cumbersome traditional approaches, particularly as the technology continues to evolve. In addition to large, production-style trucks, the market now offers smaller versions that are ideal for a number of specific work conditions.
August 4, 2021
Industry Applications Of Vacuum Excavation

Specific Industry Applications Of Vacuum Excavation

From decreased safety risk and manual labor to increased time and cost efficiencies, there’s no shortage of benefits derived from applying vacuum excavation in a variety of industries. Vacuum excavation methods enable faster, more precise digging efforts, prevent unnecessary environmental damage, severely reduce the potential for strikes on buried infrastructure and allow for cleaner work areas and more versatile implementation.
July 19, 2021
Shoring Boxes For Excavation Projects

How Shoring Boxes Improve Excavation Efficiency & Safety

Many excavation projects require workers to operate in and around trenches, which are some of the most dangerous areas on a work site. Trenches are prone to collapsing, and that makes them a monumental hazard to the crew. If a trench collapse occurs while one or more workers are inside, there’s a major risk for severe injury and death. For this very reason, shoring boxes are implemented at various excavation sites and have become a fundamental element of supporting both safety and efficiency.
July 7, 2021

Examining Safe Digging Practices In Northeastern Pennsylvania

Excavation and trenching are among the most hazardous operations in construction today, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. From dangerous cave-ins to potentially lethal strikes on utility lines, there’s an abundance of hazards involved in this line of work. That means it’s crucial for project teams to ensure high standards of excavation safety and safe digging practices in order to protect workers from serious physical harm.
June 21, 2021

Why A Great Crew Is Just As Important As A Great Hydrovac Truck

The hydrovac market is on the rise. Driven largely by the safety and efficiency advantages that hydrovac methods lend to construction and utility projects, the mounting interest in hydro excavation services has expanded the market significantly. But while increased availability of equipment and contractors is beneficial for the industry, it’s important to note that not all teams are created equal. Even if you have top-of-the-line hydrovac trucks at your disposal, there’s simply nothing more critical than contracting the services of an experienced, well-trained, dedicated and safety-focused crew.
June 9, 2021
Test pitting is a key step in every successful excavation project.

First Step In Successful Excavation: Test Pitting

Damages to buried infrastructure in North America are on the rise. Every year, Common Ground Alliance releases a comprehensive report based on its Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT). The most recent DIRT Report indicates that total damages increased 4.5% year-over-year to 532,000. The societal costs of damages to buried utilities in the U.S. is estimated at $30 billion for the year, which includes both direct costs, like facility repair, and indirect costs, such as property damage, medical bills and businesses being unable to operate.
May 24, 2021
Why Hydrovac Excavation Is Great For Water Infrastructure Projects

Why Hydrovac Excavation Is Great For Water Infrastructure Projects

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently announced the investment of $117 million for 25 drinking water, wastewater, and non-point source projects across 19 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). The funds will be leveraged to strengthen the state’s clean water efforts through continued improvements to drinking and wastewater facilities, as well as line replacements to address legacy contaminants like lead and PFAS. The state’s water utility company, Pennsylvania American Water, has also planned its own yearly upgrades to improve its infrastructure of water and wastewater treatment and pipeline systems.
May 10, 2021
What is vacuum excavation, and why is it so important?

Vacuum Excavation 101: Everything You Need To Know

Vacuum excavation features roots dating back to the 1800s, when the mining industry began leveraging pressurized water as a safer, cleaner way to break up soil and dig. The method eventually took hold across the United States and Canada as a popular option at underground construction sites.
April 19, 2021
Get An Overview Of Soil Classifications & Learn More About Soil Excavation

Soil Excavation: Soil Types & Advantages Of Air Knife Excavation

Trenching is ranked as one of the most dangerous types of construction work in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), with an average death rate of 40 construction workers per year. Within mere minutes of being caught in a trench cave-in, workers are at risk of suffering serious injury or peril. Given the significant soil excavation hazards, it’s necessary for construction teams to implement safe practices, including conducting tests to classify soil types prior to digging.
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