Boring and Jacking
Pipe Jacking
Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)

Boring and Jacking
Pipe Jacking

Lowe Construction can provide all of the following services:

Boring and Jacking- This method installs a pipe simultaneously with the excavation process. Here
the operator works at the drive pit or shaft and we can install casing diameters from Ø22" to Ø72" with drive lengths up to 800 Lf depending on soil conditions.

• Pipe Jacking:  This method installs a carrier pipe directly into the earth. Pipe examples: Reinforced Concrete Pipe (RCP), Fiberglass Reinforced Pipe (FRP), or Steel Casing. The operator works inside the shield at the face. With this method we can install diameters from Ø36" to Ø96" and we have completed drive lengths up to 1000 Lf depending on soil conditions.

Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM):  This method is similar to pipe jacking and tunneling, but consists of a powered boring head. The operator is positioned inside the tunneling head. With this method we can install diameters from Ø42" to Ø114" with drive lengths up to 1000 Lf. Longer drives are feasible with intermediate jacking stations.

Microtunneling (MTBM): A method of pipe jacking for wet and unstable ground conditions or contaminated soils. Microtunneling is generally defined as remotely controlled pipejacking (personnel-entry is not required) whereby the soils at the cutter face are controlled to maintain balance. Some examples of microtunneling applications are crossings under levees, waterways and sensitive wetlands. The system consists of several pieces of machinery that function together, controlled by an operator who monitors and controls the tunneling operations from a console inside a control container on the surface. and can install diameters from Ø30" to Ø96".

 Guided Boring Machine (GBM)This method installs small diameter pipes with grade and alignment precision. The pipe installation involves a three-step process where launch and reception shafts are strategically located to minimize surface disruption. The process is used in conjunction with a theodolite guidance system to provide accurate pipe installation. installation of pipe in the Ø4" - Ø48" OD range in displaceable soil under 50 blow count.

 Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD): Commonly referred to as directional drilling, This is a steerable trenchless method of installing underground pipes, conduits and cables in a shallow arc along a prescribed bore path by using a surface launched drilling rig. This has minimal impact on the surrounding area. Directional boring is used when trenching or excavating is not practical. It is suitable for a variety of soil conditions and jobs including road, landscape and river crossings. The process is used for installing telecommunications and power cable conduits, water lines, sewer lines, gas lines, oil lines, product pipelines and casings used for environmental remediation. It is used for crossing waterways, roadways, congested areas, environmentally sensitive areas and any area where other methods are more expensive or not feasible. With this method we can install diameters from Ø1" to Ø24" with shot lengths up to 1000 Lf depending on soil conditions.

Lowe Construction provides complete trenchless service beginning with the excavation of the pits (depths exceeding 45 Ft. deep) to the installation of the required carrier pipe. 

Source: Michael Byrne Group

Source: Tenbusch, Inc.

Source: Akkerman Manufacturing

Source: Akkerman Manufacturing

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