Underground Planning

Published: May 12, 2017 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Underground Planning Mean?

Underground planning is defined as the process of planning the underground routes and methods to be applied for the laying pipelines using directional drilling techniques. It is a crucial part of any trenchless project, as the task of drilling underground requires knowledge of existing underground utilities that have to be considered before the project is commenced.

Trenchlesspedia Explains Underground Planning

A typical underground cross section in a busy neighborhood will consist of water pipelines, sewer pipelines, gas pipelines, electric cables, and telephone cables. In order to safely drill a new pipeline through the existing network of criss-crossing connections, it is essential to know what lies beneath. Usually a survey map of the area will have most of the underground utilities marked. GPS technology and survey stations are also used for this purpose. Underground planning is essential in order to avoid cross boring. Proper underground planning, along with automated drilling mechanisms, provide the means for accurate directional drilling with minimum deviation except when required from the planned path.

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