How Does Horizontal Directional Boring Work?

Did you know that directional boring equipment installs underground utilities such as pipes and cables? It allows precise placement of utility lines and has minimal impact on the ground compared to other installations. The process requires good planning by well-trained navigators and suitable software and setup, plus advanced steering tools. A skilled driller directs the course of the drill over a preplanned path.

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However, different formations require different techniques.

One popular technique uses a drill head with a flexible joint that rotates and pivots while drilling. Operators on the surface can remotely change this sort of drill head using sensors and monitor the drill’s position and alignment using special equipment. The equipment also includes a steering system, like a mud motor attached to the drill bit. As the drill bit turns, the steering tool can change the angle of the bit by controlling the flow of drilling fluid (mud), which powers the motor. So the operator can change the direction of the drill as needed in real-time.

Directional boring equipment steers the drill bit and installs underground pipes and cables precisely and accurately. To create the appropriate drilling path, combining the two techniques is necessary. However, this equipment depends on exact control and monitoring to enable the proper installation of underground infrastructure. You are now in the know.