Pilot boring is a technique that allows the drilling of holes to suit utility lines into a new building or home. There are many ways that trenchless drilling works. It can be very unsafe as a trench can cave in and kill the crew down in the pit.
For that reason alone, it is always worth mentioning safety anytime the subject of boring comes up in a topic. Part of the issue is in ensuring the relative stability of the trench by following Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety guidelines. Always be sure to use the right equipment, and check the stability of the trench throughout the day.
The idea behind pilot boring is that it allows the accurate and relatively safe hole to be made for utilities. It is very accurate, and prevents a good deal of the over-excavation that traditionally puts lives at stake while making the land more unstable.
Pilot boring uses an auger to bore the hole. It will usually have some type of camera attached to help the team guide its way through to the desired point for the hole. It allows the threading through and pulling of lines as well.
For all of these reasons, pilot boring, which was devised in the 1990’s, was considered very innovative when it was developed and introduced. It allows for the lines to be guided to the correct grade with a good deal of accuracy as well.
There are all different sizes and kinds of boring machines. It is important to find the right team that has access to the right resources for your purposes. They need to know how to operate it safely and accurately. It is best not to have to rely on do-overs. Instead, get it right the first time.
What that means is some teams that have greater experience may actually cost more to hire. However, for a project manager to be successful they need to take into account whether a project budget can afford to have any important pilot boring done again or not.
Usually, the answer is no. Even if you have some financial wiggle room, a mistake in this area will be very costly. And, it may be something that compromises a good deal of the rest of the project if there is a misstep. It is best to avoid taking the least costly route if it compromises experience in the process.