In the past, the winter season meant a halt on a majority of developmental activities as the cold and snowy environment made it difficult to perform precise work. However, with the advancement in technology over time, we have gained the means to continue developmental endeavours regardless of the environmental changes.
Directional Drilling is the best alternative to use when trenching or excavation methods are out of the question. It allows contractors to place any utility pipe or conduit in the grand using a trenchless placement method which is swift and efficient and causes the least negative impact to the surrounding areas. This method of Drilling uses advanced line systems that drill horizontally along a predetermined path while avoiding any existing obstacles.
However, similar to other fields directional drilling contractors face many problems of the environmental nature in the winter season. These problems could cause a delay in projects or even hardware issues in many scenarios. Fortunately, with the progress of time, many adjustments and improvements have arisen that can be adopted by contractors to assure the success of a project.
- Utilizing the correct equipment
Drilling the pilot bore can be difficult in frozen conditions. Not being prepared can cause unnecessary equipment loss and time loss. Contractors can use dirt bits or blades customized with carbide blocks on their sides. The carbide protects the tool and can be easily replaced as many times as needed. The drill string can also become a big issue as it experiences constant strain while drilling. This issue can be resolved by replacing the lead rod on the string periodically, especially when being used during cold conditions.
- The right Lubrication
Lubrication fluids in equipment can be negatively affected the cold temperatures. Sludgy fluids can cause a reduction in performance and increase the strain on the equipment. The solve this conundrum, it is necessary that you use the correct fluids for the job. Contractors need to change their lubricants to arctic grade fluids that are designed to withstand subzero temperatures. Another helpful tip is to store all metalworking fluids in a heated area to prevent freezing.
- Regular checkups
Diagnosing the equipment regularly is important to a project on track and avoid any unnecessary downtime. Cold temperatures can cause the corrosion of many tools, which can have dangerous consequences when being used. Contractors need to check all equipment before being used each day to discover the slightest hints of corrosion. They also need to change fluids of any equipment that went unused for a couple of days.
- Supporting shelter
One of the main factors that contribute to a successful drilling project is the condition of the ground. If the ground is not flexible and pliable enough to drill easily, it can cause downtime and incur unnecessary efforts. Contractors are advised to build temporary shelters that help in improving and maintaining peak drilling conditions to create future project success.
All of these methods can be used to facilitate and improve working processes for drilling contractors and improve the chances of a successful and timely completed project.