New Year’s Hole-Out: Sims Bayou Microtunneling Project It was a great start to the New Year in 2023 for the Melcar Group as their Akkerman SL82P MTBM holed-out on the Sims Bayou tunnel project in Houston, TX. The $18.9 million project was designed to increase the overall capacity of the region’s drinking water by making […]READ MORE
Electric & Telecom
Consumers have become accustomed to reliable infrastructure to their homes and businesses for day-to-day operations. Outages on the electrical and communication grid can quickly become a safety and economic disaster in our lives. Advancements in the trenchless industry allow electric and telecom grids to be installed underground to minimize the damage caused by natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and other severe natural disasters.
- Power Grid Stability – Trenchless construction allows power companies to install underground power lines that are protected from wind, ice, trees, and other common occurrences that often cause outages.
- Environmental Advantage – Underground construction of both high-speed fiber and electrical grids eliminate unsightly above-ground power lines that consume large amounts of land.
- Innovation – Advances in trenchless technology has allowed for cost reduction to direct bury both high-voltage and other telecommunication systems. While still a higher initial investment than traditional overhead line, the safety and reliability of underground construction is less costly when considering social and environmental impacts.