Utilities Highlight Trenchless Projects at No-Dig Show

Municipalities and utility owners break down what trenchless technology has done for their communities

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Dennis Simpson is proud of what his utility has completed this past year and what it is ready to embark on this year.

Simpson, a project engineer for Pinellas County Utilities in Clearwater, Florida, had the opportunity at the 2019 NASTT No-Dig Show in Chicago this week to highlight two trenchless jobs his community recently took on.

“I started coming to the show back in 2000 with no knowledge of trenchless methods,” Simpson says. “I cut my teeth on a project with 12 directional drills a few years after that.”

In 2018, Pinellas County Utilities completed installation of 3,100 feet of FPVC pipe as an emergency repair within a wastewater conveyance system. Initially, the project called for directional drilling, but after some complications, the general contractor and the utility moved to sliplining instead.

For a second project last year, the utility used directional drilling to replace a 24-inch PCCP force main that was more than 40 years old.

“We’re going to continue looking at trenchless methods as we have work coming up,” Simpson says. “We’re actually getting ready to start another one here in a couple months. It’s going to be exciting.”

At the show, many utilities were highlighting work being done through trenchless methods from pipe bursting to auger boring, directional drilling and more. 

“You sit and listen to any community that is now doing trenchless repairs you’ll be shocked at how much they are saving now,” says Greg Twille, a contractor based in Virginia. “For some of them, it’s thousands upon thousands of dollars saved just on restoration costs alone.” 


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