Year in Review: The Most-Read Articles of 2018

Year in Review: The Most-Read Articles of 2018

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As the year comes to a close, we take a look at some of the most popular stories on If you missed any of these, now is your chance to catch up. Enjoy this look back at 2018.

10. Experienced Employees Enable Firm To Tackle Challenging Projects
A full profile about Underground Systems of Buford, Georgia, appeared in the August issue. This online-only story examined a tricky HDD job that the company took on.

9. The Evolution of the Modern-Day Work Truck Toolbox
A toolbox serves the same function today that it always has, but today’s toolboxes have come a long way from the wood or steel ones that would simply get tossed in the back of a pickup truck and strapped down.

8. Spreading Experience Throughout Your Company
In this article, Matt Timberlake, president of Ted Berry Company in Livermore, Maine, discussed the importance of developing a high level of expertise among all members of a team and the approach his company takes to do that.

7. The Challenges and Rewards of Being a Solo Act
The May/June issue featured California’s Spearhead Locating Services. Owner Dave Marzio started as a one-person operation and remains that way today. This online-only article looked at the pros and cons that come with that.

6. Tech School’s New State-of-the-Art Facility Helps Students Prepare for Energy Careers
Hydroexcavation and directional drilling are among the skills that students can learn at the Great Lakes Energy Education Center, which celebrated a grand opening over the summer. Located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on the campus of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, the center is trying to serve as an education model for preparing people for energy-related careers.

5. Training a New Generation of Workers
This article looked at what the industry’s equipment manufacturers are doing to help contractors ensure that their employees are properly trained.

4. Company Shows Its Colorful Side Through Reality Web Series
Having difficulty coming up with creative ways to build your business’ brand? Get inspired by the reality web series Canada’s OSY Rentals and Rival Hydrovac have been producing. How the show came to be is detailed in this article.

3. Mayor Wants to Halt Hydroexcavation in Flint
The benefits of hydroexcavation compared to traditional digging methods are often touted in Dig Different. But over the summer, the mayor of Flint, Michigan, forced contractors to stop using hydroexcavation to identify the city’s remaining lead service lines.

2. Hydroexcavation Company Finds a Green Way to Save Green
This article looked at how Canada’s Ontario Excavac built its own hydrovac spoils recycling facility to combat new highway weight restrictions and cut down on travel and offloading time.

1. Think It Can’t Happen to You? How to Respond to a Trench Collapse
Safety can never be emphasized enough in this industry, so it’s good to see that it is important to Dig Different readers. The most-read article of 2018 looked at what you and your crews should be doing if a trench collapses on a job site.


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