Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.
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People who are planning to hire a firm to perform trenchless drilling need to take care when selecting the contractor. This is because experienced contractors employ the best drilling practices in order to keep project costs low for the customer. This article discusses some of the ways through which those experienced contractors optimise the value from their drilling equipment.
Proper Use of Fluids
Fluids are important during trenchless drilling. The fluids keep the drilling equipment cool as it cuts through the soil and rocks at a site. The fluids also help to extract the materials that have been excavated by the drill bit. These materials can clog the equipment and cause it to stall if they aren't removed quickly enough. Different drilling fluids, such as oil and water, are suitable for different drilling conditions and equipment. Inexperienced drillers may be unable to select the best fluids for a given task. The result of such a poor selection is that their equipment will keep breaking down. Projects will also take longer to complete. These problems often result into higher charges for the client since the company transfers the cost of their inefficiency to their customers. Selecting an experienced contractor can therefore be a good way to save on project costs.
Knowledge of Bend Radii
Drill pipes and drill bits are made from different metals that can become fatigued and wear out quickly if the driller bends them beyond the limits from which the metal can't recover its shape. Components that wear out quickly as a result of being pushed beyond their limits increase equipment maintenance costs for the contractor. Those higher maintenance costs are factored in when calculating what to charge clients for a job. Experienced drillers are aware of the bend radii of their equipment and refrain from exceeding those limits. Consequently, their rates are likely to be more affordable since their equipment isn't very costly to maintain.
Drill Bit Selection
All drillers usually perform some kind of site survey before commencing a job. The drill bits selected for a given assignment usually correspond with the perceived hardness of the ground that is going to be drilled through. Inexperienced drillers can make the mistake of selecting the drill bit whose capability matches the assessed ground conditions. Such drillers may end up taking longer to complete a job if the soil/rocks turn out to be harder in some places than what they had anticipated. This longer completion time can translate into higher costs for the client in terms of the billable labour hours. Experienced drillers exhibit their superiority in such cases because they tend to select drill bits that can dig through harder materials than what their assessment reveals to them. In this way, any unexpected hardness is taken in stride and the project ends on schedule. This saves clients the added costs that arise when unexpected conditions develop as work goes on.
As you can see, it pays to do your homework when selecting drilling contractors. Take your time and select experienced contractors so that project costs don't get inflated by the rookie oversights/mistakes of inexperienced contractors.Share