Non-destructive digging (NDD) is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s civil, construction and mining industries. Thanks to the booming focus on trenchless technology, NDD is the popular alternative to conventional digging.

If you’re in the market for some new heavy machinery, stay ahead of the game and check out just a few of the many benefits of switching to trenchless technology.

Environmentally friendly
Undoubtedly, being in the construction industry, we’re one of the major producers of emissions. If it is possible to reduce the amount of emissions, we should be all for it. Studies have shown that trenchless methods of pipe replacement have significantly reduced carbon emissions than traditional methods of excavation. Greenhouse gas emissions for traditional open cut construction were roughly 77% higher and criteria pollutant emissions were approximately 80% higher than trenchless technology.

2. Minimal disturbance

Using trenchless technology underground causes minimal disturbance and less disruptions to surroundings. When do you ever drive past roadworks and scream ‘Oh goody, more roadworks and traffic jams to start my day!’ Never. This technology has minimal disruptions to traffic compared to traditional means of open cut construction. No one needs to start the day off in a jam! Not only that, residential neighbourhoods can remain intact, commercial areas won’t experience loss of business and rural areas can remain uninterrupted.

3. Save on costs and time

It takes trenchless technology less time to complete a job compared to using traditional open cut construction methods. On top of that, with minimal surface disruption comes the added benefit of decreased rehabilitation to the site. Decreased rehabilitation time of the area means that projects are completed in even less time and overall costs are reduced.

4. Safer environment

Particularly in public areas, trenchless technology promotes a safer environment for both workers and the general public as there’s no need for long trenches. We’ve even stepped it up a notch at STG Global by implementing wireless remote-controlled suction booms in our Vacuum Excavation Trucks. Suction booms are now easily controllable and do not pose a threat to operators on site. Most often than not, I’ve seen safety precautions being pushed aside when it really should be in the forefront of every job.

5. Improved accuracy

I’ve heard trenchless technology being explained to me using keyhole surgery which was interesting but definitely comparable! With the right tools and trained operators, trenchless technology can implement complicated procedures with high levels of accuracy. If you’re interested in being an operator, enquire about our free training days that run monthly in QLD, NSW and VIC.

With this technology becoming more and more popular, many companies have switched to this method of construction or are looking to do so in the near future.

If your company has recently switched to trenchless technology, let me know what you think about it!

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