The benefits of directional drilling

Underground piping has many different uses within industries for a range of different infrastructure and services. They can be used for communication lines, drainage, water, among many more. It can be difficult to get permission to install new pipework when open drilling is required due to the effect on the surrounding land, with horizontal directional drilling that is not a problem.

Directional drilling, which has also become known as trenchless drilling, does not disrupt the area around the entrance and exit points. High tech, heavy duty specialised drilling equipment forms a predetermined channel for the installation of pipework. Due to the way these channels are drilled, open excavations are not required, making the process less expensive and take less time. The service provided will be precise, the exact location of the pipework will be mapped by your contractor which will help in future – in the case of repairs or any changes you’d like to make to the contents of the channel.

There are many benefits of using a directional driller for your project on your construction site – a method which is preferred by many British contractors, including:

Pipes are installed in a straight line, unless when the path curves to avoid obstacles in the ground. The sophisticated machinery can detect barriers formed underground and alter the path to reflect the positioning of them. This saves money on costly channel recalculation, which can stop a project in its tracks.

Ground disruption is limited to the entry and exit points of the driller. This is helpful when drilling alongside existing structures and close to infrastructure already in the ground.

Disruption to the local area is minimal, as there is little impact on landscapes and infrastructure. During the works to drill a path for some pipework adjacent to a highway, there would be little to no traffic disruption or any problems caused to nearby businesses or residents.

Directional drilling eliminates the need for deep excavations, making the site safer with less risks.

Most of the drilling work is done remotely by an engineer, reducing the risk to all people on site.

The process takes less time and less staff are needed on site. This drives operational costs down. Safety will be the top priority on site, as with any site, with little health and safety risks.

Any condition can be taken on by a directional driller, regardless of its properties.

Directional drilling is a specialist construction method, where professionals should be asked for assistance when coming to decisions on the project. These same professionals are likely to be the people who own the equipment you need and will provide this service. When 
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