During the summer of 2018, PW Trenchless replaced three storm sewer mains in Port Coquitlam. Using Pipe Bursting to install new HDPE pipe, one section was 150 m in length and involved the installation of 16” pipe (400mm) to replace the existing six-decade old concrete pipe.
This burst was located close to a cul-de-sac; it’s path headed east through an easement between four houses, made its way through another cul-de-sac, travelled through another easement through two more houses, and “daylighted” into a large drainage ditch bordering agricultural property.
The staging of the pipe was done on agricultural acreage, and there was no excavation needed for an entrance pit. The exit pit was not deep, and it allowed for the homeowners on either side to access their driveways throughout the preliminary excavation and preparation for the burst.
Once the pulling started, the shallow exit pit did not offer enough support for the pulling rig and the ground started buckling leaving the pulling rig without adequate support. The crew needed some time to come up with a solution that would allow them to complete the burst. Eventually they used steel road plates, inserted vertically, to add the needed base for the pulling rig. Then the 150m of 16”(400mm) HDPE pipe could be pulled through in a matter of hours.
The damage to the driveway, curb and landscaping was quickly repaired, and all connections to service laterals were completed efficiently and promptly. Very little excavation was needed for this project, and less than one truck of asphalt was needed to complete the repaving.
In early 2017, The City of Maple Ridge put out to tender a contract for an "Experimental" pipe burst in an environmentally sensitive area of Maple Ridge and through part of Kanaka Creek Park. The host pipe was 375mm (15 …See Project
The District of North Vancouver had a 900mm CSP storm sewer that had been failing for 10 years. Numerous efforts to clean the pipe had resulted in the bedding, surrounding the pipe, migrating into the pipe when cleaning efforts were …See Project
A prime example of the less invasive nature of trenchless construction in action. Intricate work zones accurately positioned throughout densely tree-lined streets allowed for the replacement of deteriorating sewers. Up-sized to exceed current capacity requirements, providing results long into the …See Project
An alternate tendering process where the contract is awarded to one entity which comprises both engineering and contracting.
Because PW Trenchless Construction offers such innovative solutions for underground utilities, it is often beneficial for the owner to request solutions based on a performance specification. This allows PW Trenchess to offer unique solutions while working with equally innovative engineering companies.Learn More
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In this day & age of pipe systems reaching the end of their projected lifespan, pipe replacement and pipe rehabilitation have become major fields of engineering.
PW Trenchless Construction provides viable options such as pipe bursting, loose fit lining and internal pipe re-construction whether partial & fully circumferential.Learn More
The aging culverts under roads and highways in many case have reached the end of their engineered life-span. We consider the rehabilitation or replacement of these culverts to be vital to our built environment.
PW Trenchless has been a pioneer in working with MOTH, railway companies and municipalities in developing rehabilitation methodologies for the hundreds of thousands of culverts that currently exist in BC. We have offered solutions in both procurement and construction from design-build to sliplining, invert rehabilitation and full circumferential relining.Learn More
Often pipe failure can be concentrated to one section, for various reason, leaving the rest of the pipe in good condition. The repair of these localized failures are know as external point repairs (EPR's).
EPR's demonstrate PW's ability to work as both a trenchless and civil contractor, completing EPR contracts using our civil contracting skills and assisting other pure trenchless contractors who only have the capacity to work in an existing pipe.Learn More
Pipe upsizing is the fundamental concept of pipe bursting.
The vast majority of pipes are less than or equal to 200mm in diameter, but with today's densification practices of urban design, there is a major demand to increase current capacity to handle extra flow. Pipe bursting provides the ideal solution to this issue, particularly in an urban setting .Learn More
Horizontal Directional Drilling is a low impact Trenchless construction service where pipe is installed in a shallow arc along a bore path which has been created by a drilling rig. Often the terms Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and Directional Boring are used interchangeably, but in our industry we use the word “boring” when we utilize smaller sized drilling rigs with small diameters for short crossings in the hundreds of feet, and we use the word “drilling” when we utilize larger rigs with large diameters for long crossings in the thousands of feet.Learn More
When you join PWT, you become part of a community of people who are engaged in the most innovative practices in the Trenchless Industry. We have been instrumental in setting up a scientific method for cities to gain carbon offsets/credits from their use of trenchless construction. This system has been reviewed by the BC Government and has been approved as of December 2018. We expect to see it in common use shortly.