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Software Leveling The Playing Field

Planning, mapping and recording the bore; keeping everyone informed as in-field adjustments are made; providing as-builts and finally invoicing: the paperwork behind horizontal directional drilling can quickly bury you as deeply as the lines you’re installing. “When you go into a contractor’s office, paperwork is everywhere,” says Jon Kuyers with Vermeer. “There’s a lot of waste in the current situation.” Vermeer created its new InSite Productivity Tools suite to attack this challenge. Combining two pieces currently available – InSite…

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South Carolina HDD Contractor Keeps Busy Specializing in Electrical Distribution Systems

Pinnacle Construction & Directional Boring is one of the busiest underground utility construction contractors working in and around the beautiful coastal city of Charleston, S.C. Evolving from a company formed to bury, install and service cable television network cable and provide installation and technical services for satellite dish customers, today Pinnacle Construction specializes in trenchless construction for electrical distribution systems by horizontal directional drilling (HDD). “We got our first exposure to directional drilling in 2001 while still doing CATV…

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Digitizing Underground Construction

New Technology Has Potential to Improve Efficiency, Accuracy Here’s one way Erik Carlson plans a job for Pinnacle Construction & Directional Boring, the South Carolina utility installation company of which he is owner and president. He goes to the jobsite and white-lines it, calls for locates and waits for the locators, then his crews pothole to visually spot each utility line and manually measure the distance to each utility. Then Carlson takes that information, which he has recorded by…

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What is Directional Boring?

Directional boring, commonly called horizontal directional drilling or HDD, is a steerable trenchless method of installing underground pipe, conduit, or cable in a shallow arc along a prescribed bore path by using a surface-launched drilling rig, with minimal impact on the surrounding area. Directional boring is used when trenching or excavating is not practical. It is suitable for a variety of soil conditions and jobs including road, landscape and river crossings. Pipe can be made of materials such as…

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