Our team at GP Associates, Inc. has been working in utility installation for many years. In that time, we have worked on countless aerial and underground cable installation projects, and we are familiar with the challenges of each. We have found that, while most people are aware of the advantages of underground installation, many hesitate to take advantage of this method due to the extra labor and complexity involved, as well as the higher perceived cost.
Fortunately, our team can offer a way to minimize these factors with our horizontal directional drilling services. Keep reading to learn some key information about this technique so you can decide if it’s right for your needs.
- What is horizontal directional drilling? One of the biggest challenges involved in underground utility installation is the excavation. For a long time, the most common excavation method was to dig trenches down from the surface, which obviously created a big mess and required a great deal of labor. Horizontal directional drilling was developed as a faster and less disruptive alternative to traditional trenching. Instead of digging long trenches, our team uses specialized equipment to bore tunnels through the soil instead, leaving the surface intact.
- What are the benefits of horizontal directional drilling? As we alluded to above, horizontal directional drilling offers several advantages over its alternatives. This technique is far less messy than traditional trenching, and it will leave the topsoil almost untouched. Our horizontal directional drilling experts can also get the job done much faster, so you can begin using your new utility lines as soon as possible.