In order for power supply to keep up with Urban development, Power companies need to upgrade their existing Assets. That’s where Total Underground Solutions get to do some of their best work. When upgrading Low Voltage and High Voltage (LV/HV) power supply, sometimes creative thinking is required as we have to navigate a new pathway through existing underground infrastructure.
Our 20/20 Ditch Witch is the perfect tool to use in built up areas with narrow access and where there is no/little known rock underground as it can power through rod after rod to create a bore of up to 140 metres in length before a new hole is cut into the road or pathway. This minimises the amount of reinstatements required making it a very cost effective way to get the new conduit and asset underground.
Hydro Excavation is being used more in Major Civil Projects as it is a fast and reliable way to excavate or trench
When existing assets are located, often at TUS we will use the Non-Destructive Digging (NDD) to prove the asset which means the existing conduit or pipe is found without any damage being made to it.
From start to finish we take care to ensure the best possible outcome for all stakeholders. Here’s the typical steps in part of a HV/LV Service Extension Upgrade:
Locate and mark out all existing assets
Starting point for pilot hole and finishing location also opened up. Once the pilot hole has been shot the Drill Tracker uses a tracking device to locate the head of the drill to ensure that the bore is going in the planed direction.
We take pride in our work and ensure that everyone’s is kept safe at all times, even in well into the future. It is a VEDN requirement to install warning tape over High Voltage conduits should anyone else need to excavate over the top of our work one day.
At the end of the day we make the road safe again by installing road plates and temporary reinstatements, ready for another day.