In such a necessary and practical field as trenchless digging, pipe repair, and drilling, the old saying necessity is the mother of invention rings especially true. In perhaps few other fields are engineers forced to figure out how to drill through solid rock, concrete, and hard minerals at varying heights to the point where they are expected to make the impossible possible. They do not have the option to say, “No, we cannot do that.”
They are charged with coming up with solutions. Now, while boring through solid rock is difficult enough, having to do it in a trench that is prone to collapse and kill people and ruin a project is the grand challenge. Even worse is that because of changing grading along the slope of a utility line, they may have to go down 50 feet in one location, for instance.
That used to automatically call for traditional drilling methods. Only, they could be disastrous, especially if heavy stone fell onto workers, for one. Another reason is the sheer depth of the trench.
These days, the guided boring system provides a solution to the problem. The operative word is guided. In particular, when considering that water and sewer lines are complex and must remain in precise grading to ensure that the water and sewage flow properly, accuracy and precision top the list of the many demands put on the drilling team and engineers.
The guided boring system provides the benefits of trenchless drilling with precision accuracy to achieve the necessary grade. Meanwhile, this method erases many of the hurdles normally associated with a dig.
Meanwhile, it allows for the kind of versatility required on the many different kinds of job sites that have various specifications. The idea is to also have a system that can go the distance from one man hole to the next.
Look at the system’s capabilities. Find out if it will be able to make the installation possible from one man hole to the next, and at what parameters the pipe diameters can be accommodated in the drilling efforts by the machinery you are considering.
In addition to diameter, find out how deep the guided boring system can go. They are not all the same, though you could expect to find some that can handle depths of 350 ft.
Beyond looking at how effectively the system can handle your installation, ensure that it has a record for minimizing the restoration costs following the installation.
That’s just the beginning. Start looking into the brand new world of guided boring to make the project turn out as accurately as possible while allowing minimal disturbances to the surrounding area and to your crew.