Trenchless Technology

SEP 2018

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W W W.T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY.C O M 65 nacle Construction crews spend time talking through what potential challenges they may face on a job, long before any machine shows up onsite. Around the same time that Carlson started Pinnacle Con- struction, horizontal directional drill manufacturers began to introduce technology that could aid in planning. " We pur- chased the Vermeer Atlas Bore Planner computer software long before anyone else we knew of was talking about planning ," Carlson explained. "I knew taking the time to plan jobs would make us more ef icient, more professional, and would help us avoid potential utility strikes and other safety concerns." Carlson upgraded Pinnacle Construction's planning process when the Vermeer BoreAid design tool was introduced. "BoreAid design tool gave us the ability to plan and present more three dimensional, which is extremely helpful for larger-diameter bores," Carlson explained. "And, when I heard about Vermeer Projects productivity tools, I knew we had to give it a try." Pinnacle Construction was also an early adopter of Vermeer Projects +BorePlan productivity tools. According to Carlson, the bulk of his company 's work is for electric utility compa- nies, and Vermeer Projects has been invaluable for DOT-per- mitted road crossings, where they have to prove how they will drill a shot and how they plan to avoid all the utilities. "South Carolina's DOT requires permits for most roadway crossings, but they are very particular about any bores that are greater than 2 in. in diameter," Carlson said. " We used to have to take a measuring wheel out to a jobsite to plot utili- ties. Now with the mapping tools, we go out there with a cell phone and a 6.6-ft stick. We usually capture three GPS posi- From Pinnacle Construction's first drilling jobs to their jobsites today, Carlson has trained his team to diligently plan for every scenario before work begins.

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