In today’s modern world, every communication media has immeasurable value. Every day is all about voice, audio, video, and data technology. This is why building a communication infrastructure is important as it powers up homes and businesses.
In recent years, placing communications infrastructure underground has been the norm for many reasons. Having the communication infrastructure underground provides many benefits both to residential and business communities. These include:
- Better public safety
- Increase reliability during high winds
- Reduced exposure to power outages
- Less exposure to wildlife and weather-related occurrences
- Better support for voltage
- Reduced cost for tree trimming
- Improved aesthetics in most areas
- Provides a positive visual impact on any community
- Reduced congestion in high-density places
Undergrounding communication infrastructures is also one way to better respond to natural disasters. Hurricanes and powerful storms can cause critical communication networks to break down. In times of natural disasters, citizens will need to have access to essential information as quickly as possible. On top of that, the ability to contact disaster response networks like 911 calls is extremely important. Installing communication infrastructures underground will help prevent millions of people, at risk, from not getting immediate help due to communication problems.
What’s the best method of laying underground communication infrastructure?
There are several methods in laying communication infrastructures underground, but one of the most beneficial today is trenchless techniques like directional boring. With this method, a directional boring contractor uses a surface-launched bore machine to drill underground horizontally. To avoid any existing obstacles, the directional boring contractor follows a predetermined bore path.
This trenchless method is a popular choice for those who want to lay down an underground network to a long distance in the shortest way possible. Other than its technical benefits, directional drilling has become a preferred method for the installation of underground communication infrastructure because of its environmental benefits.
Stages of the Horizontal Drilling Method
The installation of communication infrastructures through directional drilling is accomplished in several stages.
Stage 1: Preliminary Soil Survey
The first stage is all about site investigation. The directional drilling contractor will first have to check the suitability of directional drilling in the area since this method is mainly suitable in stable soil conditions.
Stage 2: Setting the Equipment
Following the site investigation, the next stage is maneuvering the machine to the exact location.
Stage 3: Setting the Auxiliary Construction Materials and Equipment
The next stage is setting up all construction materials and supplementary equipment that is needed.
Stage 4: Pilot Boring
Finally, the initial horizontal hole will be drilled to map the predetermined path for this installation.
Stage 5: Back Reaming and Setting Down the Tubes
The back-reaming operation is a critical stage that ensures excellent hole conditions and stabilizes it before setting down the tubes.
Stage 6: Installation, Connection of Parts and Testing
The contractor will install all the cables and other materials needed for the infrastructure. Multiple testing is done on this stage before locking the pipes.
Stage 7: Site Cleaning and Restoration
Finally, the directional drilling contractor will end the work and perform the restoration process of the project area.
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