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Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Col. I live in Perth and I have a passion for construction. I am pretty useless when it comes to construction work so I tend to leave it to the experts. However, I find that there is nothing more pleasing than seeing a team of construction workers complete a job. Over the years, I have hired many different types of construction worker and they have all taken the time to chat with me. During these conversations, I have learnt so pretty interesting things which I will be exploring on this blog. Enjoy!

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Are you struggling to dig on your building site?

Ethan Burton

What equipment do you bring onto a site when you want to dig a hole? Perhaps, you would normally fetch a mechanical excavator to create the hole or trench? Many big machines are great at digging holes in the ground, but most have one specific problem. They work by cutting into the ground and tearing out the earth, rocks, and whatever else may be there. Most of the time digging holes that way is fine, but there are always going to be times when it presents a problem.

What should you do if you are working somewhere with gas lines, sewer pipes, or other assets that must remain untouched in the ground, even as you dig around them? Traditional mechanical approaches to digging won't work in that situation. You could try manually excavating around the assets carefully, but that could prove very slow work, and you could still damage the underground assets that way.

A better approach is to bring in non-destructive digging equipment. All non-destructive digging starts by locating the underground assets that you want to preserve. Often, GPS will be used to map the area so everyone will be clear, and know exactly what is beneath the ground and what assets they can expect to encounter. Read on to learn more. 

1. What non-destructive digging methods are available?

One of the most popular methods of non-destructive digging is the dry suction technique. This approach will suck the earth out of the ground and separate it from the assets below the surface. The cleared material will be stored in a container, ready for convenient disposal. If dry suction isn't a suitable approach for your site, you could try using high-pressure water non-destructive digging. Blasting into the ground with a water jet will soon separate the earth from anything underground and create the needed hole.

2. Are there other reasons to embrace non-destructive digging?

Perhaps you don't have any assets to protect, but there are other reasons that conventional digging techniques are impractical in your location? Are you working in a confined residential area where standard digging methods are too noisy to be acceptable? Perhaps, it is the mess and debris left behind by diggers that is the problem? Whatever the concern may be, it's possible that non-destructive digging offers a way forward. Talk to your local non-destructive digging company to find out how they could help your company safely and quietly dig into the ground.


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