Case Study 3

Mapping an entire HDD bundle to reduce risk

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– HDPE (with welds)
– Ø 130-164mm (5.1-6.5”) ID

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– Length : 525m (1,725’)
– Depth : 43m (140’)

In preparation of the roll-out of a new fly-over complex, three bundles of 11 ducts each were installed by means of HDD. Despite laying about 43m/140ft below the surface, the electricity utility owner was concerned that future ground works would damage a duct or bundle on this highly critical route.

When mapping just one duct in a bundle, nothing is known about the location of the other ducts in that bundle, so they can be positioned anywhere around the mapped duct. This would necessitate a significant safety zone around the measurement result of the single mapped duct. Therefore, all ducts were mapped to get a more accurate picture of the position of the entire bundle and thus reduce the risk of damage during the fly-over build phase.

The field crew followed the recommended standard operational procedure and mapped each duct four times (so-called FBBF method). The crew achieved a productivity of 11 pipes per day, or well over 5.5km / 18.000ft.

The fly-over complex was completed without any damage to the bundles.

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