Horizontal directional drilling: What’s in it for utilities?
Jan 19, 2024
In the world of utilities, pipe and cable installations are a routine process. On such projects, getting the job done quickly and effectively is the primary objective.
Revolutionising underground utility installations
When it comes to ticking the boxes for minimal disruption, efficiency and effectiveness in pipe and cable installations, horizontal directional drilling (HDD) has it covered. HDD is a method of installing underground cable, pipelines, and service conduit without the messy open cut trench. HDD offers some unique advantages when compared to other underground utility installation and traditional open cut methods.
HDD negates the need to dig up large amounts of earth and relocate the displaced dirt and slurry, making it a faster and more efficient method of digging. As well as its time-saving benefits, HDD offers significant cost savings for contractors, with faster job completion meaning reduced labour costs. HDD requires less dirt to be extracted, and as such there is less dirt that needs to be replaced.
This also has environmental benefits, as HDD has significantly less impact on the surrounding earth, which is especially critical in environmentally sensitive locations. When it comes to utilities delivering optimal results, they need to be using the finest tools.
Only the best
With more than 20 years of underground utility installation experience, Vermeer is a market leader and innovator in the HDD industry. Offering an impressive range of equipment, Vermeer is a top choice for HDD machinery of choice around the world. From heavy duty rigs for large-scale installations to smaller, more flexible rigs, Vermeer’s HDD range is versatile enough to go almost anywhere and can drill through almost any type of earth.
As well as delivering increased efficiency and effectiveness, the company’s range prioritises accuracy, with some of the larger Vermeer drill rigs offering interactive, full colour displays that provide real-time location information, potentially replacing the need for hard copy bore plans.
Not only does Vermeer Australia offer HDD equipment for every job, it also has a dedicated team of experts who can assist with after-sale support, servicing, parts and maintenance requirements.
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