How Engineers and Construction Managers Benefit from Directional Boring

March 13, 2020

The utility, gas, oil and construction industries are examples of the entities that rely on directional boring to prepare their sites for the necessary electrical wires, cables or pipes for a specific project. This non-trenching method of digging is also known as horizontal drilling, horizontal directional drilling and other names. Unlike trenching, it does not leave a large open cavern to accomplish its task. Instead, it disturbs only a minimum amount of surface space and drills laterally underground at predetermined angles from a vertical starting point. We will explore more details on this technique including the many advantages to using is in the following.

The Difference Between Trenching and Horizontal Drilling

Trenching creates an open cut in the surface of the ground; this is a common practice for utility, oil, gas and construction companies when there are no impediments in the way. If there are roads, buildings or other obstructions blocking the way, though, trenching cannot proceed at the point where these elements begin. In comparison, horizontal directional drilling can be utilised in any situation since it can go under the above impediments and more. Trenching has a severe impact on the existing ground since it has to dig a lengthy hole or cavern in it. Landscaping often has to be replaced as a result.

While directional boring is a bit pricier at times, it is more flexible and less destructive to the surface area. It requires only a modest opening at each end of the project to perform its function with most of the ground opening made under the surface without majorly disturbing the landscaping. In this method, damage to the landscape happens just in the area of the boring equipment rather than the entire length of the project.

Benefits of Using Directional Boring

Engineers and construction managers reap the following benefits from this technique when they need to plan the schematics of gas, oil or utility setups to their clients in sites where normal trenching is not possible at all or in part:

• Less disturbance of the soil and landscaping features

• Lowers the number of fractures needed with present rock formations

• Numerous pipes, wires or cabling can be installed from a single opening

• Reduces the cost of excavation and shoring in comparison to trenching

• Directional drilling produces double the amount of gas and oil that is being extracted

• Lessens groundwater pollution

• Safeguards the adjacent areas along with the ecosystem

• Horizontal drilling is safer than trenching

• Only minor landscape and traffic disruption making this method suitable for busy roadways, golf courses and even airport runways

• Compatible with such projects as replacing PVC conduits, non-reinforced concrete and asbestos cement

• Fewer weather delays

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