This month's column reviews events and other recent industry happenings.

Site Blauvelt Engineers Inc., Mt. Laurel, N.J., picked up a new Soil-Scout from Acker Drill Co. at the show. Pictured (l-r) are Bill Jones and Tom Miller from Acker, and Blauvelt's Steve Parisano and Charles Blauvelt.

Another Big Time Was Had at the SAWD Jubilee

As per usual, there was plenty of action at the South Atlantic Well Drillers Jubilee, which took place July 29-Aug. 1, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Next month's issue ofNational Drillerwill feature a full recap of this stellar annual event.

Almost as Good as Well Water

Illinois American Water, Champaign District, took home top honors at the American Water Works Association's (AWWA) 2nd Annual Water Taste Test, held at AWWA's recent annual conference and exposition in San Antonio, Texas. “Our operators work very hard to ensure the best quality water is delivered to our customers,” boasts Walter Voegel, the production operations superintendent, Illinois American Water. “This win is truly a testament to them and all of the employees of Illinois American Water.”

Aloha State Hosts CSDA Show

The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) will hold its 35th Annual Convention at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Ka'anapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii. The convention will run from Feb. 22-27, 2007. “The goal of this convention is to give attendees the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences with their peers and to learn more about the industry while enjoying themselves in a relaxing environment,” says Pat O'Brien, CSDA executive director. The convention will feature in-depth presentations, roundtables and workshops that will address many topics relevant to operating small businesses, as well as safety concerns and technical problems for concrete sawing and drilling professionals. For more information on convention registration and events, contact the office of CSDA at 727-577-5004.

Family-style New York Event

The Empire State Water Well Drillers Association is putting on its 2006 drilling demonstration and golf outing Oct. 20-22, at Cronin's Golf Course in Warrensburg, N.Y. Individual and family packages are available, and include lodging, all meals and golf fees. Family activities are planned as well, so bring along the kids. To register, or for more information, contact Susan Bates at 315-339-8960, or

Site Preparation Publication

BNP Media, publisher ofNational Driller, announces that it will offerSite Prep, a bimonthly magazine for professionals involved in construction site preparation, beginning January 2007. For information on subscribing, To get information on advertising or a sample issue, contact Bonnie Bomhack at 847-229-9929.

New Sonic Site Is Up

Sonic Drilling Ltd. has launched a completely redesigned Web site filled with interesting facts, historical information, magazine articles, project booking forms, photos, downloadable brochures and much more. You are invited to visitwww.sonicdrilling.comand let them know what you think of the new site.