At Normacon, we understand the accurate placement of utilities within the right-of-way is critical for the success of the project. Knowing that, Directional Technologies brings the most up-to-date technology to help you successfully complete your project.
Advantages of Today’s Technology
One of the greatest advances in today’s horizontal boring is our locating system. We now have the ability to operate in areas where there are high levels of signal interference. Not only are there existing utilities emitting signals that can conflict with the tracker, but most everyone on the work sites these days has a smartphone, adding to the clutter of interfering signals.
Multiple frequencies of today’s equipment can typically provide at least one clear signal under these conditions, enabling them to work along with conflicting signals. Signals that can see through the interference and have more transmitter power give today’s trackers greater depth capabilities – to 60 feet and more in some cases. In some instances, the extended depth can allow walk-over equipment to be used in situations that once required costlier wireline tracking when bore depths exceed the limited range of earlier walk-over tracker models.
Directional Technologies uses the latest walk-over locating system, the DigiTrak F5 and F2 Falcon, which can overcome active and passive interference by transmitting the signal over a wide broadcast range. The walk-over locator system can operate in frequency optimization mode enabling the field team to select the most reliable frequency. Additionally, in rebar mode, the locating system will broadcast the signal over 6 bands of frequency improving accuracy in locations with high passive interference.
In addition to frequency modulation technology, battery technology has drastically improved over the last two decades. Improved battery life facilitates drilling of longer bores without the risk of the sonde transmitter losing power.
Regardless of how advanced the technology, experience plays an even more crucial role. Directional Technologies has 25 years of experience using horizontal directional drilling for utility applications.
This experience becomes an invaluable asset for successful installation of utilities at your site.