Horizontal Directional Drilling services
in Edmonton, Alberta
Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is used for the safe, affordable, and effective installation of underground utilities. Using a directional drill has minimal impact on the surrounding areas and is a viable option when trenching or excavation is not practical. As a method of trenchless directional drilling, HDD forms properly sized pathways and is preferred in many situations because it does not cause any effect to roadways, sidewalks, or landscaping. It is suitable for large and small scale projects and is not only the best, but sometimes the only option for drilling in an environmentally sensitive area, under roads, waterways, or under a developed landscape.
Strathcona Excavating uses the latest technology for locating and tracking the drill head which provides an accurate bore path. Our company uses our own excavating equipment, so we can quickly excavate the pit and holes needed while also rigging the reels of pipe without having any delays in projects. HDD is a cleaner, faster, and less expensive method with minimal environmental impact!
Our qualified crews will ensure confidence in the services we supply.
The Benefits of Horizontal Directional Drilling:
- Savings in excavations, shoring, and labour costs
- Clean underground installation with minimal upper surface damage
- Elimination of trenching-related accidents
- Fewer weather-related delays
- Ideal for house service installations and sites that are sensitive to surface disturbances such as sidewalks
The Advantages of Horizontal Directional Drilling
Besides being environmentally friendly, affordable, and faster than other drilling methods, HDD also allows for more flexibility, less required excavation meaning less risk to your employees and equipment, and in many cases, fewer permit issues.
Due to the nature of HDD: from its ability to create less debris, cause less disturbance to its surroundings, and provide less of a need to block traffic, as with traditional drilling projects, project managers will find that getting approval to perform and start construction work is often easier when horizontal directional drilling is involved.
Frequently Asked Questions
The term horizontal directional drilling is most commonly used to describe any trenchless drilling or boring that doesn't go vertically down in a straight line. In some cases, drillers need to avoid rock formations or other geological formations, which necessitates a deviation from the obstacle. Boring is the process of enlarging a hole that has already been drilled.
The cost of HDD varies substantially depending on the project. The price of smaller projects is usually set as a lump sum; large-scale projects are most commonly billed per meter and according to the length of the pipe or hole.
HDD utilizes a trenchless system which means you do not have to dig up your whole yard. HDD is less destructive, faster, and a more efficient means of replacing your water or sewer line as it leaves your landscape intact. Contact us at Strathcona Excavations for more information!
Horizontal directional drilling services have been utilized in the installation of water lines and sewer lines. The applications of our drilling services are wide and, in particular, can include but are not limited to:
- Fiber optic cables
- Water supply pipes
- Underground electrical lines
- Sanitary and storm lines
- Electrical conduit installation
- And more
For more information about our residential or urban horizontal directional drilling services, be sure to give one of our drilling experts a call!