Reducing the risk of ground movement

Installing piping brings various dangers and possible damages to existing infrastructure and nearby land. The act of excavation elevate the chances of ground movement, but a switch to trenchless technology could solve the issue.

The trouble with ground movement is it seems unavoidable with traditional methods of pipe-laying. Excavations by their nature create open ground which then results in the movement of ground above and below street level. While workers may not notice movement at the time of installation, as pressure builds on tunnels the risks rise.

Water pipes are especially ripe for this problem, particularly where leaks occur. Where pipes are installed and the ground disturbed risks are elevated, add a leak and as water seeps out and the ground is moved with it a void is created providing ample space for a slip to take place.

So, what is the solution?

Trenchless technology holds the key to avoiding the creation of open pit excavations, removing open tunnelling, and installing pipes via keyholes with little disturbance to the surrounding ground. Maintaining ground stability, especially in populated, urban areas where infrastructure is tightly packed not only provides safety but could save thousands in repairs down the line.

Unlike an open excavation there is also no need for the creation of a new bed for pipes. Traditional methods see a surface rebuilt with the layering and compacting of Earth over pipelines, today this is an unnecessary point of instability as the new ground settles. During this settlement stage ground moves, naturally shifting which could cause a loss of structural stability.

While helping improve your services, using trenchless products such as the Kobus Pipe Puller also helps raise good will with communities. Gone are the highly intrusive road closures and messy works at the front door. Instead, just two smaller excavations are used to pull and lay new piping. Faster works, safer operations, happier communities, cheaper solution.