Leading the Way

Utility contractor uses hydrovac to locate pipelines for large trenching job.
Leading the Way

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When you have a large trencher burying three lines at once in a remote area and a pipeline along its path, there are just a handful of ways you can safely locate where that pipeline is. Utility contractor Copperline Excavating and its Foremost hydroexcavator (2000 model) were called in to assist the general contractor on the job in Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada. The general contractor was using a Ditch Witch trencher to bury three power cables at once. The machine had two reels attached, feeding lines in, and a third was being fed in by an employee standing next to the trencher. About 1,300 feet (400 meters) was trenched in laying the cable. “The cables would be crossing two pipelines, so we were hydroexcavating around those,” says truck operator Petro Giannikos. “They had to stop where I was with the pipelines and hand feed the cable in and that’s it.”


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