GCS is a trusted partner to the three major telecom companies in Canada for upgrades to the fibre infrastructure within urban centres across Canada. for both mainline telecommunications and telecommunications to the home. Supported by our aerial, hydrovac and horizontal directional drilling teams we utilize purpose-built equipment for trenchless installation of telecom utilities minimizing the need to expensive and evasive open excavation in residential neighbourhoods.
As shallow utility infrastructure specialists, we help bring electrical service to communities and homes across the capital region. Our valued drillers & locators take pride in precision installation, using the latest in trenchless technology to build, maintain and upgrade service in your area.
A strong and trusted working relationship with capital region municipalities and utility providers like EPCOR ensures every water line project is managed with a priority on professionalism. We install and upgrade the shallow utility infrastructure for waterlines to homes, businesses and commercial clients.
HDD pipe installation has proven to have reduced maintenance and repair costs over the lifespan of the conduit. Traditional installation methods require more equipment and manpower to complete and requires manual backfilling and compaction over the conduits. The placement of angular backfill can compromise the integrity of the conduits, and mechanical compaction equipment can easily crush and damage conduits and pipe. By removing those risks, HDD installations have shown to last longer and to have greater durability. Even in the event of changing ground conditions.
What would normally require a large crew, excavators, skidsteers, and dump trucks to work over a period of days or weeks can be completed by directional drilling in a matter of hours. There is no excavation and hauling of native materials away, no need for surface ground disruption, and landscape restoration. On the simplest of locations, HDD provides these benefits. The speed of installation with HDD really shines in comparison to traditional trenching methods when there are obstacles in the way. Do you need to go underneath a driveway or sidewalk? Do you have to cross a road? Do you have to go underneath an existing fence, high end landscaping, or water feature? Horizontal directional drilling allows conduits and utilities to be installed without disrupting or removing any of those.
The obvious end result of using horizontal directional drilling is significant drop in your projects cost. Lower manpower, fewer pieces of equipment, reduced materials, decreased maintenance, and minimal surface disruption and repair all contribute to drastically reduced cost.
If you require installation of utilities, why not contact GCS today and ask to speak to one of our horizontal directional drilling experts.
Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), has become a viable and cost-efficient method for installing underground utilities and conduits for both homeowners and businesses alike. HDD is very attractive because it allows water lines, sewers lines, power lines, fiber optic conduits, traditional cable conduits, irrigation lines, gas lines, and telephone lines to be installed with minimal or no disruption to landscaping, driveways, sidewalks.
Directional drilling allows operators to drill (bore) horizontally without having to create an open trench or disturb the surface conditions across an expanse of ground. Traditionally, equipment or manpower would be required to dig up the ground to create a trench to place pipe or conduit in and then backfill, destroying the existing landscape. The process would take days or weeks and was, on the overall, highly obtrusive, and destructive. Directional drilling changes that.
Directional drilling requires the use of a drilling machine that is usually no larger than 2m wide and 4 meters long and 2 workers. One worker operates the drill while the other worker uses an electro-magnetic device called a locator. The locator tracks the tip of the drill and can tell the operator exactly where the drill head is horizontally, at precisely what depth it is, what amount of pressure it is exerting. While it is boring a hole horizontally, a clay compound called bentonite is often injected in as a mud to help maintain ground stability.
Once the drill head reaches the desired location, conduit is then connected to the drill head and the conduits are pulled back in the same horizontal hole that was bored. There are only 2 holes created to complete a directional drill shot, one at the entry spot for the drill to enter the ground, called a “push pit” and a second at the final location or destination of the conduit, called a “pull pit.”