Overview of an Underground Drilling and Pipe Locator
When drilling holes in the earth for pipelines, oil or gas production, it is common to use underground drilling and blasting machines. This machine can be used to drill in sections or large holes depending on the application. The directional drilling can be done with the help of a pipe locator.
Before we come to the surface, we must understand the concepts behind the technology. Directional drilling involves the detection of obstacles that may block the path of the drilling machine. If the hole cannot be drilled through, the problem lies underground.
The most common use of the directional drilling and pipe locator is in trenching. In the case of trenching, the purpose is to dig the hole deeper or create a big hole to make way for an entrance to the pipe or a product line. In such cases, a trenching machine must be used. Using the directional drilling and pipe locator, the machine can mark out the lines.
The pit locator uses the hydrostatic pressure to generate sufficient ground pressure to mark out the trenches. The hydrostatic pressure will destroy the surface materials if not treated with a protective layer.
Trenching machines are also used similarly by the gold mining industry. These are mostly used by the mining companies to excavate the tunnels or pave the roads they create to extract the precious metals from the mines.
In the case of the trenching machines, there are different types of equipment used for the purpose. They are:
Trenching machine – This is a drilling machine that digs and buries the trenches without any human intervention. There are several types of this type of equipment that include a bucket, bucket truck, curved burlap, etc.
Directional drilling machine – It is a special kind of machine that is used in directional drilling. It has a hose and an electric drill and is plugged into a mains outlet. The purpose of this machine is to do the work without any disturbance to the environment.
Pipe Locator – It is also known as “pipeline locator”. The pipe locator can locate buried pipelines. The device is powered by rechargeable batteries or an onboard motor.
For most companies, the underground drilling and pipe locator are enough to perform the task. The trenching machines are used mainly for depth testing, which is used to test the features of a pipeline before it is used. The piping system requires several tests to ensure that it is compatible with the pipeline.
This equipment uses the above-ground GPS, radio, and the hydrostatic pressure to locate the pipelines underground. Some pipelines require constant maintenance as they move slowly through the ground.
Underground drilling and pipe locators are some of the equipment used in the oil and gas industry. They can help ensure that the pipelines are safe and suitable for use. Also, these devices can do the job of marking out the trenches for the people who wish to dig the holes.