Also known as horizontal directional drilling (HDD), horizontal drilling, slant drilling, or deviated drilling, directional boring is a type of trenchless technology. In the oil and gas industry, directional boring involves laterally drilling various wells through a zone of oil or gas-bearing rock at angles from a vertical well hole. Directional boring is also used in the installation of utility pipelines and conduits, in which a pilot borehole is drilled along a predetermined bore path from the surface with minimum disturbance. Mostly, directional boring is utilized for creating crossings under rivers, roads, and existing structures, with the purpose of installing pipes and conduits in order to transport different types of fluids and materials. Directional boring or horizontal directional drilling is a way to get utilities from one point to another without destroying the existing ground or obstacles that are in between the two points, and goes above and beyond traditional trenching by connecting utilities and services in areas where traditional trenching is impossible. Read on to learn the benefits of horizontal drilling with a directional boring machine. Call SEM Power at our Tampa headquarters for your Florida solar battery system today!
Why Directional Boring?
The most common way to install and connect utilities is open cut, or trenching, but it has limitations. It can only be used when the ground on top of the utilities is able to be disturbed, meaning that there are no buildings, roadways, or other obstructions. Directional boring can be used to go under roads, sidewalks, rivers, or even houses to connect your solar battery system. Typically trenching and directional boring compliment each other, with trenching or plowing being less expensive but having limitations and directional boring being able to take care of everything else at a higher cost. Directional boring would be the best alternative if cost isn’t a factor and you were choosing between the two, as it is able to do everything trenching and plowing can do without much disturbance, since it has a lower impact on the existing ground. As with all construction equipment there is still damage that is done, but proper planning and patience can keep it to a minimum.
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For the most part, horizontal directional drilling will only disturb the location where the machine is set up at along with any place that the utilities have to be connected. In certain circumstances, a drill can be set up on the side of the road, and the only disturbance will be from the footprints of the locator. If you are seeking minimal damage to your existing ground, then directional boring will be the way to go.
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