This article discusses how cutting the time a utility pipe repair takes can have a transformative impact on contractors, customers and communities. Securing scheduled access to repairing and replacing ageing pipework can be slow if it requires any kind of road closure and open cut excavation. Using traditional methods can also have significant impact on localised traffic flow and pedestrian access, slowing down whole communities and critical access points at busy times of day, sometimes for many days in a row. Why is the time factor important?
Understanding the total time cost of the project is critical – especially in terms of the ‘knock on effect’ to other factors. Groundworks need to be prepared and heavy plant equipment brought in at specific times in order to conduct the initial analysis, set about the repair or replacement and then make good the ground after the pipework has been restored. The actual time spent on repairing or replacing a pipe can often be a small part of the overall project timeline. If left unchecked?
Taking into account who the customer is, where the pipework is situated and the impact of a lengthy replacement project on the surrounding area, may well lead contractors to consider other approaches to the project. Solution
Pipe pulling technology can dramatically reduce the time incurred at the set up and break down of a utility pipe repair or replacement project. As no trenches are required, there is very little digging work required at the outset or groundwork required to make the location good once again, potentially reducing the time onsite by over 60%.
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