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Posted on 13 June, 2019
Non destructive digging drastically reduces the risks associated with traditional excavation methods.
Non destructive digging has been slowly growing in popularity in the construction industry as people continue to use and recommend it to others. Once you’ve used non destructive digging methods once, it's hard to go back to traditional methods of excavation. Non destructive digging is another name for vacuum excavation and aptly describes what it does. But how do you excavate without causing destruction?
Non destructive excavation removes soil and other ground materials using high pressure water and a suction hose. This ensures that the ground material is removed without damaging other foreign objects in the earth, such as water and gas lines. Non destructive digging is solving 21st century excavation problems with 21st century technology, instead of relying on traditional destructive excavation methods and hoping for the best. We’ve compiled the top five benefits of non destructive excavation here if you need any more convincing.
The main use of non destructive excavation is utility locating. Sometimes called service locating and other times called asset detection, utility locating means finding an underground utility without damaging it. This is where non destructive digging becomes really useful, by using water to break up the earth the power of the pressure is enough to remove the earth but not powerful enough to damage utilities. From here workers are able to carry out works on the utilities.
Another great use for non destructive digging is in locations where traditional excavation methods can’t access. Examples of this are backyards that don’t have vehicle access, underneath structures with low clearance, and other locations where a truck or excavator won’t fit. Non destructive excavation equipment can be used up to 100 metres away from the truck so access is rarely an issue.
Our team completing non destructive digging almost 50m from the Vac Truck.
Non destructive digging is a cost effective method of excavation when you are dealing with unusual excavation sites. Think about the ones mentioned above, low clearance sites and sites with underground utilities. Non destructive excavation is able to safely excavate and transport the excavated materials away with one truck, whereas traditional excavation methods will charge extra to remove the material.
Also, traditional methods of excavation, while great for bigger straight forward projects, can triple your costs when excavating at an an unusual site. If you hit a utility line when using destructive excavation methods you can potentially create an extremely dangerous site and harm the operator, and the costs of fixing the problems caused are not cheap. It’s better to be safe than sorry when dealing with utility lines and difficult locations.
Non destructive digging is the safest method of excavation by far. When you consider the risks associated with other traditional methods of excavation the choice between them is easy. Non destructive excavation is able to eliminate the risk of utility line strikes, as well as minimise the potential for other site damage and risk of injury from traditional excavation. Non destructive digging is the safe way to excavate, especially when your unsure about what might be under the surface.
Vacuum trucks are a new way to complete non-destructive digging
If you are looking for reliable vacuum excavation, utility location and non-destructive digging services in Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne, give us a call on 1300 822 834.For more information on our vacuum trucks, click here.
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