Microtunneling: Overview and Case Study

by D. T. Iseley, Louisiana Tech Univ, Ruston, United States,
R. D. Bennett, Louisiana Tech Univ, Ruston, United States,
M. Najafi, Louisiana Tech Univ, Ruston, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pipeline Infrastructure II

Abstract: Microtunneling is defined in the United States as a remotely controlled, laser guided pipe jacking process, which does not require personnel entry. This paper describes the components of a microtunneling system: the mechanized excavation system, the propulsion system, the spoil removal system, the guidance control system and the pipe lubrication system. The growth of the U.S. microtunneling industry is discussed.

Subject Headings: Microtunneling | Case studies | Excavation | Control systems | Pipelines | Jacking | Lasers | Industries | North America | United States

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