Why Use Hydrovac Services For Less Disruptive Civil Engineering Projects

Posted on: 22 April 2021


Civil engineering projects make several positive impacts but they are often disruptive in implementation. For example, laying fiber optic cables for high-speed internet requires trenching. It impacts public transport and landscaping. Hydrovac is a different way of doing things. It is a method of using highly pressurized water in digging and trenching. It helps avoid the disruption seen in conventional digging methods. Hydrovac services can make your civil engineering projects in several ways.

Less Disruption to Other Utilities

Conventional drilling disrupts utilities like water, gas, and internet services. Conventional trenching using heavy equipment such as backhoes can cut utility lines. Contractors are forced to seek expensive permits to shut off utility lines like gas to avoid public hazards. Hydrovac does not impact utility lines, which means they do not have to be shut off.

Lower Impact to Landscaping and Environment

Conventional trenching disrupts the landscape and the environment. The public is very averse to projects that impact public spaces like children's parks. Restoration of sidewalks, public squares, and other spaces does not achieve the aesthetic appeal of the original setting. 

Hydrovac services can use directional drilling to go under these spaces. Directional drilling reaches a lateral target without trenching. It uses the shortest distance to the target. For example, if fiber optic cables have to go across a public road, you can use directional drilling to go under the road. You avoid inconveniencing road users by not closing the road and keeping the space above the surface intact.

Hydrovac avoids larger impacts to the environment, like cutting down trees to provide pathways for trenching. It also avoids damaging protected spaces like wetlands. Lower environment impact wins often public support.

Less Need for Demolitions

Hydrovac directional drilling is very useful in heavily built-up areas. Running underground tunnels instead of above-ground trenches and excavations helps avoid demolition of standing structures. If you are upgrading a historic tourist area with a power connection, for example, you want it to remain as intact as possible. Laying utility cables using directional drilling avoids demolitions of such structures.

Lower Workplace Risks

Hydrovac services deploy less heavy equipment than conventional excavation. There are also fewer people on the worksite, which reduces risks of injury. Fewer moving heavy machinery on-site also reduces the exposure of the public to accidents.

Are you looking for ways to make your civil engineering projects less disruptive to the public and the environment? Talk to a hydrovac services provider on its applicability to your project.