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This paper uses a case study of the Lower Valley Run Interceptor project to illustrate the common perception that pipe bursting is a “trenchless” technology can be at odds with the reality of the situation. By understanding the many factors that influence the need for excavation and site disturbance, the design engineer and a utility can manage the expectations of regulatory agencies and, most importantly, the public with respect to site disturbance. Trenchless technologies like pipe bursting continue to evolve and are being continuously improved to increase their performance capabilities and to further reduce the need for excavation and surface disturbance. The information presented in this paper summarizes a number of factors that can impact the level of above and below grade disturbance necessary to successfully complete pipe bursting on a given project. This information can be used to manage the expectations of project stakeholders including the utility, regulators, and the public and increase the probability of having a successful project.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2005

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