Trenchless Technology

AUI has over twenty years, knowledge, technical skills and experience specific to trenchless and traditional pipe replacement. As evidence of AUI’s commitment to trenchless technology as a viable, cost effective method for the rehabilitation and replacement of sewer and water lines, we have created a Trenchless Technology Division within our organization, although pipe-bursting is highlighted within, AUI is well versed in the slip-line process as well.

  • Completed over 202,000 LF of pipe bursting on 72 construction projects.
  • Pipe burst over 36,000 LF of sewer line for the City of Santa Fe, NM.
  • Pipe burst over 15,000 LF of sewer line in the City of Albuquerque, NM.
  • Provided the first trenchless technology used by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) for the Big I Project in 2001.
  • Successfully pipe burst in historically, archeologically, and environmentally significant locales.
  • Pipe burst over 17,000 LF of sewer line for the City of Las Vegas, NM during the course of a sewer improvements project.
  • Successfully accomplished three pipe-bursting jobs for Sandia National Laboratories during the course of the MESA Utilities Corridor Project (2002), the Sandia National Laboratories Sewer Rehabilitation Project (1993), and the TA-1 Water Line Rehab Project (2005).
  • Successfully accomplished two pipe-bursting projects for Los Alamos National Laboratories.
  • Been awarded pipe-bursting contracts across the country including those for Fort Collins, CO; City of Omaha, NE; City of Green Bay, WI; City of Phoenix, AZ; and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) in Maryland and Virginia.
  • Has successfully slip-lined over 55,000 LF, in 14 construction projects with pipe sizes ranging from 84” i.d. to 6” i.d.

AUI’s Trenchless Technology Division is lead by Mr. Michael Rocco who currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Pipe Bursting Association (IPBA), a division of the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO). The IPBA works to develop industry performance specifications benefiting the contractor and end-user, set industry standards for pipe bursting technologies, research and develop new techniques for pipe bursting, encourage testing and evaluation to meet end-user standards, and promote pipe-bursting technologies as a solution to owner and end-user utility replacement needs.

AUI’s Trenchless technology Division also includes Mr. Archie Lucero, Technical Specialist. Michael Rocco handles all of the project management functions for our pipe bursting projects (schedule preparation and update, subcontractor and supplier management, change management, equipment availability, project budget and payment applications). Archie Lucero works with AUI project management and pipe bursting crews as technical advisor to ensure that all supplies and AUI equipment are prepared for the project, that project phasing (flow) is compatible with the pipe bursting process, and insures that AUI pipe bursting crews get timely assistance with any technical difficulties

Project News

Catwalk Trail Project Wins National and Statewide Awards

April 4, 2017–

Numerous industry groups have recently awarded some of their most prestigious honors to the Catwalk Trail Design/Build Project. Read more…

Employee News

Two New Members Added to 25-Year Club

AUI 25-Year Club Members

June 24, 2016–

Michael Rocco, Trenchless Division Manager, and Jesus Estrada, Concrete Foreman, are the newest members of AUI’s 25-Year Club. Read more…