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Software development, cloud computing and mobile phone technology is adding to thecapabilities of utility detection reports Adrian Greeman
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Use of vacuum or suction excavation has been growing apace as its safety and securityhas been increasingly appreciated reports Adrian Greeman
Trenchers large and small still have a place in utility installation and for some specialpurposes like seabed cabling and pipes
Before you can install pipes you have to have pipes. A brief look at some of the makers
Microtunnelling remains widely used for medium and large gravity lines needing accurate placement. New developments include the direct pipe system using pipe-pulling to replace jacking methods reports Adrian Greeman
Technology to tackle hard ground and even rock is expanding the use of the basic auger boring method.
Prior to 2012, the integration of designed vertical or horizontal curves into microtunnel alignments was unheard of in Ontario. Following the release of a large number of infrastructure projects in suburban Toronto, clients and consultants encouraged contractors to present value engineered alternatives to pr oposed project alignments and construction methods. Seamus Tynan and John Grennan of Ward and Burke discuss three recent projects successfully constructing long-distance, curved microtunnels
A perfect storm
The UK pipe jacking industry is in a sharp, albeit brief slump. Several factors have come together to make what was supposed to be an end to the rollercoaster of water work, into a complete halt in activity. Alex Conacher reports.
Pipe supplier Hobas gives this brief account of a simple flood relief project near the village of Cikowice in southern Poland. The company argues that a jacked pipe solution requires less maintenance than alternatives.
Digital future for detection
Underground detection technology improves incrementally but the main advances are systematic use and data collection says Adrian Greeman
Microtunnelling booms in middle east
For placing pipelines and service routes microtunnelling is becoming increasingly popular in the Middle East but as the scale of work increases so does the complexity and the risk