Mapping Tool Helps Contractor Tackle Complex Drilling Projects

Trevor Igo says the Digital Control Inc. tool gives him a better profile of what’s underground and where his drill is going to be in relation to obstacles

Mapping Tool Helps Contractor Tackle Complex Drilling Projects

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Trevor Igo looks at new technology as something more than just technical advancement. The owner of Igo Inc., an Oklahoma utility construction firm, says embracing technology is good for him as well as for his customers.

So when Digital Control Inc. (DCI) introduced a new terrain mapping tool in December 2020, Igo snapped up the very first one sold. The TeraTrak R1 creates a continuous topographical reading of the path of a horizontal directional drilling project and lets an HDD operator update his trajectory as the work progresses. The two-wheeled inline device with a handle for the person walking it can give readings plus or minus 2 inches over 500 feet.

“You don’t need the tool on every simple bore, but the TeraTrak is a great asset on more complex ones, which a lot of ours are,” Igo says. “For such jobs in the past, we’ve gone out with a laser and pulled string. Now we walk the path and come back and are ready to go.”

Igo says the tool gives him a better profile of what’s underground and where his drill is going to be in relation to obstacles.

“It’s a very economical way to gather a lot of data up front. It gives you a better profile of where you’re going to be. If your path eventually crosses the interstate, for example, you need to know where your drill needs to be before you get there.”

Igo’s embrace of technology is a wholly practical matter. By learning what equipment advancements are out there, he knows what level of performance is possible with a piece of equipment. He then decides if he needs that level of performance. This mindset kept him moving through different brands of excavators until he settled on a Liebherr model capable of the precision work he wanted.

The bottom line is that his customers benefit from his acceptance of change.

“It’s a competitive advantage to keep abreast of technology. It has to prove itself though. I’m not going to embrace an unproven technology, but if something is more efficient and beneficial for a customer and gives them a lower cost, I want to take advantage of it. Working smarter, not harder — that’s totally what I want to do.”

Read more about Igo Inc. in the March 2022 issue of Dig Different magazine.



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