What I did: I made the detailed design of the installation of pressure and gravity sewer pipes by directional drilling; I carried on the training of the technical personnel (engineers, supervisors and operators). I developed a dedicated and complete HDD pit launched installation system for the connection of houses to the sewer mains. I also wrote two technical standards: the first for preliminary underground mapping and the second for the construction of house connections by using pit launched HDD machines.
What I did: I made the detailed design of the installation of underground pipes, ranging from 100 mm (4″) to 500 mm (20″), by Horizontal Directional Drilling, in hard to very hard rock; HDD at sharp radius in rock and application of HDD to pre-tunneling compensation grouting and directional underground injections for insulation and treatment.
HDD IN CHALLENGING ROCK CONDITIONS AND COMPENSATION GROUTING BY HDD
What I did: I made the detailed design and supervision of the installation by microtunneling and HDD, in very hard and abrasive quartzite-diorite rock, of a DN700 mm (28″) cast iron water pressure pipe – the work was split in two section, each one 80 m (265 ft) long. The borehole diameter was 800 mm (32″). A very challenging job for the extreme hardness and abrasivity of the rock. The water pressure pipe is part of a mini hydro-power plant in the Alps (Italy).
INSTALLATION IN VERY HARD AND ABRASIVE ROCK OF A DN700 CAST IRON WATER PRESSURE PIPE
What I did: I made the detailed design of o channel crossing, by HDD, for the installation of a pressure sewer main for a total length of 320 m (1.000 ft); this project was part of a specialized training program that I carried out with the engineering personnel of the company and that led to the completion of the project of installation of the whole sewer main, entirely made by HDD, for a total length of 5,9 km (3,7 miles), divided in 21 HDD crossings.
DETAILED DESIGN OF A SEWER MAIN INSTALLATION BY HDD AND TRAINING OF THE ENGINEERING PERSONNEL
What I did: detailed design and work direction of the installation of a DN450 HDPE drainage pipe along a curved drilling path with sharp bending radius in alluvial soil with polygenic boulders, for a total length of 180 m (590 ft) – Selva di Val Gardena, Italy.
What I did: I made the design of the installation by HDD, in medium to hard and high abrasive sandstone, of a pressure water HDPE pipe, DN630 mm (25 in), for a total length of 530 m (1,740 ft) along an uphill drill path, for a mini hydro-power plant.
What I did: I made the project management and the supervision of the installation, by HDD, of three HDPE DN 560 (22 in) pressure sewer pipes under the Foglia river, Pesaro, Italy. Three directional pilot bore, with an interaxis of just 1,5 m, along a drill path with a very sharp bending radius (70 m), were successfully drilled under the river bed, facing challenging soil conditions, with big boulders and blocks of stone in a matrix of silt and clay. Although the three pilot bores were perfectly completed, on the first alignment, after completed the first final reaming at 700 mm, the first pull-back failed due to the collapse of underground unstable big blocks of rock. Despite the prohibitive soil conditions we successfully completed the pullback of the two remaining product pipes, achieving a remarkable result in a very difficult HDD work.
HDD RIVER CROSSING WITH SHARP BENDING RADIUS IN VERY DIFFICULT SOIL CONDITIONS
What I did: I worked for the main contractor MC Scarl – Cooperativa MUCAFER Scpa, as the specialized advisor for the HDD operations in the insulation of two urban landfills, for the environmental securing of the area. In less than one year approximately 60 km (37 miles) – corresponding to more than 500 horizontal directional boreholes – were drilled through soft to hard limestone rock in order to carry out underground injections to create a bottom screen below the garbage level (total value of the HDD installations: €14M). This was the biggest project of ever for a landfill insulation made by HDD. The specialized subcontractor for HDD and soil treatments was TREVI Spa.