February 2009 Vol. 236 No. 2


Business Meetings & Events

AGCA Forecasts Major Payroll Cuts

According to new employment and business forecast figures released by the Associated General Contractors of America, an estimated two-thirds of the nation’s non-residential construction companies plan to cut payroll.

Global Demand For Plastic Pipe To Rise

Worldwide demand for plastic pipe is forecast to increase 4.6 percent annually through 2012 to 8.2 billion meters, or 18.2 million metric tons.


Best Time To Invest In Building Pipelines Might Be The Next Few Years

Few commodities illustrate the macroeconomic realities of supply and demand as well as oil or natural gas. Even OPEC, which controls nearly 40% of the world's oil supply, unhappily finds itself on the tail that is wagged by demand.

Cyber Security And The Pipeline Control System

In the winter of 2002-2003, Venezuela found itself in the grip of the largest and longest strike in Latin American history. Lasting from Dec. 2 until Feb. 2, the strike paralyzed the oil industry through work stoppages and acts of sabotage.

DCA Members "Cautiously Optimistic" About 2009 Market

Despite a troubled economy that is causing problems in many segments of construction, 2008 ended strong for most members of the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA).

DNP3 Protocol Recommended For Pipeline, Gathering And Distribution Applications

The Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3) provides many advantages over conventional protocols in a wide range of natural gas applications including the monitoring and control of pipelines, gathering systems and distribution systems. Here are some key reasons why one should consider applying DNP3 for communications with pipeline remote devices. (subhed)What Is DNP3?

Global State Of Energy Industry Information Security

With oil prices hovering near $40 a barrel in January 2009, the temptation will exist for energy companies to cut spending. One of the first areas that is likely to be impacted by spending cuts is technology, and, by extension, efforts to bolster information security are at risk. Security issues continue to be of prime importance and should not be sacrificed in light of lower oil prices.

Operating Conference Roundtable Focuses On Integrity Management

The Southern Gas Association (SGA) holds an annual conference at which many subjects are discussed involving gas transmission and distribution operations.

PCCA Enjoys Strong, Productive Year

The year 2008 represented significant accomplishments for the Power and Communications Contractors Association (PCCA) and its members, reports association president Ron Tagliapietra, senior vice president at Michels Corp.

Process Devised For Monitoring Leak Threats Using GIS

This article shares experiences we have gained working with several customers to geo-code leak and pipe inspection reports and associate them with the pipe segment in the GIS that best matches the address location and other attributes of the report.


Joint Venture To Build 280-Mile Crude Line

The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has established a joint venture with refiner Shandong Dongming Petrochemical Group to construct and operate a new crude oil pipeline.


Political Changes, Younger Workforce On Minds Of SCADA, Telecommunications Experts

The new administration in Washington will mean changes at the Federal Communications Commission which will likely have a significant effect on oil and gas operators involved in the specialized field of energy telecommunications. Yet that is just one of the issues that concerns operators.

What's New

Vactor Manufacturing HydroSurge

The Vactor HydroSurge high-performance cleaning nozzle handles a variety of large pipe cleaning and maintenance applications.