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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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