Directional Drilling

Directional drilling (or horizontal directional drilling as it is sometimes called) is a technology that allows for placement of utilities underground without needing to disturb the surface. 

Directional drilling is used for installing infrastructure such as telecommunications and power cable conduits, water lines, sewer lines, gas lines, oil lines, product pipelines, and environmental remediation casings.

It is used for crossing waterways, roadways, shore approaches, congested areas, environmentally sensitive areas, and areas where other methods are costlier. It is used instead of other techniques to provide less traffic disruption, lower cost, deeper and/or longer installation, no access pit, shorter completion times, directional capabilities, and environmental safety.

Syn-core Directional has been operating since 2002, and has completed thousands of directional boring projects across Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan. We have a very experienced team of operators that have completed projects both simple and highly complex. 

Frequently Asked Questions

To give you a rough idea of HDD (horizontal directional drilling) pricing (in Canadian dollars): to directional drill a 2” pipe a distance of 300’ in standard soil would typically cost between $20 and $30 per meter.

If you had to put in a 12” pipe through clay you might be looking at $80-$100/meter.

Please note however, that pricing varies significantly depending on soil type, distance and size of pipe. 

Directional drilling used to be a very niche, highly specialized and expensive technique typically reserved for use on large commercial and industrial projects. It has since evolved into a very cost effective means of placing pipe, conduit, cable and waterlines for both residential and commercial projects alike. You may be surprised at how affordable it is to install your conduit via directional drilling vs excavation with a traditional trencher, followed by continual restoration for years to come.

Yes, this is no problem at all. Our equipment is able to drill through frost layers and in sub-zero temperatures with no issues.

There is some mud/slurry left behind after a directional drilling project. The amount varies of course depending on length of the drilling project and the diameter of pipe being placed. Syn-core Directional has hydrovac support and Vermeer R250C reclaimers available that can separate the liquids and solids and recycle any drilling fluid returns.

We do have smaller, yard-friendly directional drills such as the Vermeer 6×6 that will fit into small gates and openings as small as 36″. These drills are great for placing irrigation or utility lines on acreages without having to trench up your yard.

Using a directional drill to install irrigation lines

We have extensive experience in water services repairs and placement. Whether you need a pipe drilled into your basement or a line placed from your cistern to your house, we can help.

Absolutely, we can help repair leaks and restore stability to your existing pipeline. Pipe slitting is an excellent technique in which we can help replace aging or broken pipelines with minimal ground disturbance. Our pipe splitting system can replace original lines with pipe up to 2x the original size.

We have completed successful directional drilling projects up to 600 meters.

We have directional drilled pipes as large as 36″ in diameter.

Syn-core is able to directional drill any type of pipe that locks together at the joints or continuous hose/pipes such as HDPE.

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