Seeking site stories……

The 450t Prime Drilling rig

For the most recent issue of Underground Utilities I was struggling to find a strong cover story. We knew that we would be looking at Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) but the theory piece and market overview that I had written was not going to make an exciting cover. Luckily VolkerWessels UK came to my rescue with the suggestion that I hotfooted it over to the Netherlands to see their sister company Visser &Smit Hanab deliver a new gas main for local energy firm Gasunie. Not only were they undertaking HDD they were undertaking it in several locations giving me a wealth of case studies to choose from. Most exciting had to be the banana bore which the team explained required a steep angle of inclination to get the 48inch steel pipe under canal sheet piles. Read more here: Autumn UU

As always I am very grateful to Tim, Jurre, Jeff, Joey, William and everyone else onsite that helped in the research.

I am now on the lookout for auger boring, rock drilling and vacuum excavation case studies for the next issue so get in touch if you have exciting projects to talk about.

bernadette.ballantyne@uu-magazine.com

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