6 Benefits of Horizontal Directional Drilling in Pipe and Utility Placement

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Directional drilling refers to a trench-less method of installing pipes, conduits, and utility lines. By drilling horizontally along a predetermined path using a surface-launched machine, you can bore under any surface, where excavating and trenching won't work. Once the path has been completed, you simply attach the utility line or pipe on the bore stem, then pull it out through the hole. You'll have everything in place without having to dig up the entire line or block traffic. Here are 6 benefits of horizontal directional drilling. 

Faster Installation

Directional drilling ensures that you complete the job much faster than if you'd settled for the traditional method where the ground needed to be dug down and then across. Additionally, there is less displacement of dirt, meaning that there's less of it to bury or dispose of. 


Directional drilling uses tough materials with a long lifespan. Additionally, the increased accuracy during placement prevents any damages during installation. With other methods, the pipes would be placed underwater, exposing them to elements that cause wear and tear and reducing their lifespan. With horizontal directional drilling, the opposite happens. The pipes and utility lines are buried, which offers maximum protection. 

Location Flexibility

Horizontal directional drilling allows for the placement of utilities and pipes in places with no obstacles. For instance, if a line is required under a river or a road, this type of drilling allows that. Places that would traditionally render the placement of pipes impossible can now be used. Horizontal directional drilling also allows the installation path to be changed easily, in case other services are located on your path. The drill path can be lowered easily where utilities like gas and water lines are in your way. 

Fewer Disruptions

Areas that are heavily congested can't tolerate the interruption from the open-cut method of excavation and can enjoy simple and fast results with horizontal directional drilling. Also, the need to move and replace a lot of soil is minimized. This also reduces the cost of moving the soil off-site.

Low Environmental Impact

Horizontal directional drilling has a low impact on the surrounding environment. The process can move entry and exit holes as required to ensure minimal impact on the environment. The process also reduces the chances of soil contamination affecting the project, with little to no displacement of surface soil. 

Reduced Project Costs

Horizontal directional drilling increases the installation speed, reduces soil displacement, reduces environmental impact, and reduces manpower and equipment. As a result, the project is faster, which translates to lower total project costs.

Horizontal directional drilling offers better flexibility and accuracy in utility and pipe placement. It offers a more convenient method of pipe and utility installation.

To learn more, contact a resource that offers directional drilling services.