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Hamilton Kent is pleased to announce that Luis Santana joined the Hamilton Kent sales team as a territory manager on Jan. 2, and is now responsible for the western region of the United States. Luis will provide customers with technical and sales support while expanding HK’s business in the concrete pipe and precast concrete industries.

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Joint testing of pipe and structures is still seen by some as an unnecessary or unrealistic extra step, but without it we risk far more than just a leak. Plenty can go wrong during and after the homing or installation process, whether because of an open joint failing to create a seal with the gasket or a bad seal allowing infiltration or exfiltration. Testing takes the uncertainty out of the sealing capability and means a better product, installation and conveyance system for everyone involved.

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Reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) and precast concrete are major building blocks for state departments of transportation (DOTs) and municipalities, with many thousands of miles and structures laid beneath the feet of urban and suburban residents of every city in North America. With the high quality and innovative manufacturing practices currently used by RCP and precast manufacturers, we now leverage this technology to manage not just the required drainage and wastewater needs, but to support sustainability and resilience when our cities are faced with extreme weather conditions.

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Conversations regarding joint gaps in concrete pipe are a necessity for a number of reasons, but the allowable size of that gap varies depending on the state and specification within which you are working.

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Water and wastewater management infrastructure has evolved hand-in-hand with human civilization for thousands of years. What is astonishing is how incredibly important this technology still is in present day, and most people aren’t even aware of its presence or function! You would think that, by now, cities would have this thing pretty much covered, but the billions of dollars spent every year on repairing and improving this infrastructure is a sure sign that, as society continues to evolve, how we handle our water and waste will continue advance in lockstep. To illustrate this, we gathered together a quick look at water and wastewater infrastructure over the centuries.

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Municipalities have traditionally used open cut techniques to install pipes underground. Because it requires digging along the length of the pipeline, the method can be tricky to set up in specific environments. What happens when you have traffic congestion near the installation area? What if you’re working in a heavily used space in the public right-of-way, or if you want to avoid extensive damage to street pavement?

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Welcome to “On the Road with Randy Reimer”, a Q&A series featuring Hamilton Kent’s director of Sales

When Chicago’s DuSable Bridge overheated in early July, it had to be closed down and sprayed with cold water before it could be reopened for boats and two levels of road traffic. The double-decker steel bridge was apparently exposed to surface temperatures above 100°F that week, causing the bridge’s expansion joints to swell until they could no longer move.

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