AUGER BORING, (or THRUST BORING)

PIPE HOME FIRST STEPS STRINGING FRONT END INSPECTION COATING LOWER & LAY TIE-INS & FABS SIDEBOOMS AUGER TUNNELING HD DRILLING TRENCHING & BACKFILL PIPELINERS REINSTATEMENT THE LAST TIE-IN OLD TIMES DEREK's 1966 Have Your Say TOM THOMSON

 It is extremely rare for the Pipeliners to actually dig a road, footpath or stream. Unless conditions like rock prevent it, they will invariably bore the pipe under the obstruction. Here they are boring 4 metres below a possible Roman Bathhouse.

They use three methods of boring, and auger bore, concrete sleeve tunneling and HD drilling. The simplest method is an auger bore, as shown here.

First a sideboom drops the auger engine into a prepared bellhole. Note the auger bit installed in the pipe ready.

Terberg 8-wheeler brings another load of auger bits

Auger engine is lowered onto the tracks that allow it to drive the auger and pipe into the face.

A Pause for Thought....an awful lot of rock dust coming out of the hole

After the pipe has been drilled through, the auger bits are removed and the pipe tied-in to the mainline. There is no sleeve used in this method.

The 4 metre deep bore under the Roman Bathhouse is tied into the mainline. The trouble with the boring crews is that they are so quick, by the time I found out where they were working, they'd moved somewhere else.

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