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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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Precast concrete box culverts are essentially the Legos of the construction world. You have a set number of pieces, and if they’re gasketed on arrival, there is no extra work except simply putting them together. They slide into place one-by-one and you’re good to go.

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Operating injection molding machines that are capable of applying pressure between 600 and 800 tons at 350 degrees F is a job with a lot of risks – if you aren’t taking the correct precautions. That’s why receiving the Silver Achievement Safety Award from the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM) is a pretty big deal for Hamilton Kent.

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