May 2011, Vol. 238 No. 5

Features

Direct Pipe Method Proves Out In First Use In U.S.

REM Directional installed three underground pipelines using the Direct Pipe method for the first time in the United States. First use of the system was in Florida, where REM Directional installed a natural gas pipeline under a highway utilizing the Direct Pipe method. The project began with crews setting up a launch pad on a sod farm in Arcadia, FL in preparation of installing a 705?foot, 30-inch natural gas pipeline under Highway 70. This successful pioneer run was completed in just three days. During the installation, REM also implemented the use of a Pipe Thruster, which can apply an additional 500 metric tons of pushing and pulling power when used to aid horizontal directi

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