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Curtis Allen Scholarship Recipients Announced

Curtis Allen Scholarship Recipients Announced

Seven students were selected by the Curtis Allen Scholarship committee as recipients of the Curtis Allen Scholarship. The scholarship was founded in 2010 in honor of the late Curtis Allen and emphasis is given to students entering a vocational, trade or technical school. The scholarship is funded by Halliburton and is matched by DCA.
DCA-Dale R. Michels Scholarship Recipients Announced

DCA-Dale R. Michels Scholarship Recipients Announced

11 students were given a financial boost at the 56th Annual DCA Convention in February when they were selected by the scholarship committee as recipients of the DCA-Dale R. Michels Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship was founded in 1998 in honor of deceased DCA Honorary Member and Past President Dale R. Michels from the proceeds of the DCA’s Annual Auction. It is designed to award students each year from a $100,000 endowment.
Registration Now Open for 2017 Mid Year Meeting

Registration Now Open for 2017 Mid Year Meeting

July 19–23, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

DCA will be holding its Mid Year Meeting in the most beautiful European city outside Europe! Québec City sits on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada’s mostly French-speaking Québec province. Click here to register for the 2017 Mid Year Meeting.
Global Trenchless Industry Gathers at 2017 NASTT No-Dig Show: Day One Recap

Global Trenchless Industry Gathers at 2017 NASTT No-Dig Show: Day One Recap

Day 1 at the 2017 NASTT No-Dig show was greeted by awesome weather and enthusiastic attendees and finished strong with the annual educational auction. Attendance so far for the conference is approximately 2,200 — the third year in a row that the No-Dig Show has exceeded the 2,000-attendee mark. Day 2 is under way this morning.
“It Made a Difference for That One”

“It Made a Difference for That One”

By: Mark Bridgers

In his published work, The Star Thrower, Loren Eiseley crafted a tale about a man on a beach picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the ocean. This portion of the story has been adapted countless times and is perhaps better known as a parable about attacking a large challenge (thousands of stranded starfish) one step at a time and teaches the moral of the power within each one of us to make a real difference. How then to make that difference?
Mud System Market Contiues Moving Forward

Mud System Market Contiues Moving Forward

Mud recycling systems were once deemed an optional element to the horizontal directional drilling process. Hard to believe, huh? Those days are long gone, with these systems proving to be invaluable and integral to HDD projects, no matter the size.
Senate Votes to Kill Worker Safety Rule Aimed at Federal Contractors

Senate Votes to Kill Worker Safety Rule Aimed at Federal Contractors

President Trump and congressional Republicans are poised to roll back a series of Obama-era worker safety regulations targeted by business groups, beginning Monday night with a vote by the Senate to kill a rule that required federal contractors to disclose and correct serious safety violations.
2017 HDD Academy a Hit with Attendees

2017 HDD Academy a Hit with Attendees

Tempe, Ariz., was the place to be this week if you love horizontal directional drilling and wanted top-notch information. The 2017 HDD Academy, hosted by the Arizona State University Del E. Webb School of Construction and Benjamin Media Inc., Feb. 13-14, concluded its third annual conference with more than 100 attendees taking it all in.
DCA Insights

DCA Insights

April 2017

While continuing to shake up the Washington establishment, the Trump administration has taken significant steps to improve the outlook for American energy policy by finalizing the approval of two major pipeline projects. These measures are not without the controversy that has become the “new normal” when it comes pipelines, but they have also injected a sense of confidence into the industry. Both during the 2016 campaign and since taking office, the president has spoken of the need to accelerate domestic energy production and the construction of pipelines that can bring oil and gas to market.
Save the Date for the 2017 Mid Year Meeting

Save the Date for the 2017 Mid Year Meeting

Fairmont Château Frontenac, Québec City, Canada, July 19-23, 2017

DCA will be holding its Mid Year Meeting in the most beautiful European city outside Europe! Québec City sits on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada's mostly French-speaking Québec province. Dating to 1608, it has a fortified colonial core, with stone buildings and narrow streets. The Petit Champlain district’s cobblestone streets are lined with bistros and boutiques.
Save the Date for the DCA 2017 Fall Meeting

Save the Date for the DCA 2017 Fall Meeting

Four Seasons Hotel Houston, October 23-25, 2017

Save the Date for the DCA Fall Meeting!

October 23-25, 2017, Four Seasons Hotel, Houston, Texas

 

Safety Director & Safety Person of the Year Awarded During the Safety Congress

Safety Director & Safety Person of the Year Awarded During the Safety Congress

Approximately 60-member company safety professionals gathered at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans to participate in the association’s 22nd Annual Safety Congress. The annual event is a venue for construction industry safety personnel to network, share creative training concepts, discuss trends and to hear from leading safety training consultants, other safety directors and risk management executives.
Cyber Security Readiness in the Oil and Gas Industry

Cyber Security Readiness in the Oil and Gas Industry

Oil and gas companies are continuously looking for ways to efficiently manage their industrial assets and better streamline their operations to lower fixed costs and safely deliver the energy resources they provide.
Getting to Know Your Mud System

Getting to Know Your Mud System

Mud cleaning systems are critical in the drilling process, as they protect the system components by lowering the solids/sand content in the drilling fluid. Cleaner fluid means much longer expendable life in the entire mud cleaning and pumping system. Lower sand content also allows the drilling fluid to carry cuttings from the bore more efficiently, making for a better bore hole and a higher rate of penetration. In addition to helping alleviate environmental mud disposal concerns, reclaiming and recycling also allows for substantial mud cost savings.
Look! Up in the Sky — It’s Not a Bird, but it is a Plane Monitoring Pipelines

Look! Up in the Sky — It’s Not a Bird, but it is a Plane Monitoring Pipelines

As a rookie analyst for the natural gas transmission firm El Paso Corp., Jeff Farrells got his first real eye-opener in the pipeline inspection business when he boarded a tiny, single-engine Cessna 182 propeller plane in Colorado Springs.
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