Directional Drilling vs Traditional Methods: What's the Difference?
If you want to find out how horizontal directional drilling is better than traditional methods of drilling, read on!
1. Better environmental impact
Some projects are conducted on sensitive land. In such cases it’s important that there is minimal impact to the surroundings. Horizontal Directional Drilling is way better than traditional excavation methods. Exit and entry holes can be moved in such a way that there is minimal environmental impact. Surface soil is minimally disrupted and this reduces the chances of any soil contamination after the project is done.
2. Cost effective drilling
Horizontal directional drilling results in faster installations, minimal soil displacement and fewer environmental issues. With horizontal directional drilling there is less equipment required and reduced manpower as well. The end result of having such a weapon in your project arsenal is that projects are completed faster than they would have been with traditional methods and there are also reduced total project costs.
Horizontal directional drilling allows you to avoid road openings and other critical services. This removes the need for additional permits. Not only do you save money by not needing these permits, but you also reduce the complexity of the project and save by so doing.
3. Simpler and faster installation
With horizontal directional drilling, up to 200 metres of pipes can be installed in a day. That is staggering compared to traditional methods of pipe installation. This, of course, is dependent on the soil conditions but coupled with the fact that there is minimal surface soil disruption and traditional methods of drilling just can’t compare.
Pipe installations are completed in minimum lengths of 100m. This results in reduced joints and increases the durability of the installed pipes.
4. Flexible drilling
Horizontal directional drilling is flexible. If there are other services located in your path, you can easily reroute your installation path to avoid them. In places with water and gas pipes, the drill path can be lowered in a way that avoids the pipes altogether. This allows for simpler installations that are cost effective and time efficient.