Horizontal directional drilling for underground piping and cabling.
Installing private water supplies for our customers often involves the installation of underground pipe work to deliver water from the source to the area of its intended use.
Traditional methods of installing pipe work can often be very disruptive and have various limitations so one technique our engineers are using more and more is that of horizontal directional drilling or trenchless drilling.
What is Horizontal Directional Drilling?
Horizontal Direction Drilling is a trenchless method of installing piping and cable systems underground along a predetermined path by the use of highly specialized drilling equipment.
This approach to drilling provides a great way of installing pipes and cables where conventional open cut methods are not permitted, practical, environmentally or economically viable.
This is very useful in built up urban areas or where various obstacles prevent pipe work installations running smoothly and often mean costs or delays spiral out of control.
By using trenchless methods we can save costs, lessen the environmental impact and ensure that the general public’s and our operative’s exposure to potential hazards are significantly reduced.
Are there any Advantages of Trenchless Drilling compared to Traditional Methods?
The benefits of Horizontal Directional Drilling are extensive which is why it’s now the method of choice for pipe work installations for cables and water pipe work systems.
- Pipe work can be installed either in straight lines or curved to avoid any obstacles
- Working area is confined to the points of entry and exit only causing less disruption and aiding
- No disruption to road, river or rail traffic and less impact on landscapes
- Short, medium or long lengths of pipe can be installed without the need for intermediate pits
- Our trenchless drilling equipment works from surface with no need for deep excavations
- Horizontal Directions Drilling is a much quicker process and in many cases has lower overall costs due to fewer workmen required
- It’s unaffected by surface obstacles
- Can be used to install pipes in changeable ground conditions