March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

Features

Direct Pipe Installation Solves Canal Crossing Challenges

Experience and expertise are important on all construction projects, especially when safely and successfully pushing the limits of an emerging technology. Michels Corporation combined the two by using the Direct Pipe methodology to complete a 4,038-foot installation of a 48-inch natural gas pipe in Freemont, TX last August. The project is a North American record for Direct Pipe. Completing any Direct Pipe installation stretching over ¾-mile is a significant accomplishment. Further challenges posed by this project made it exceptional one. The Dow Barge Canal crossing was initially designed as a horizontal directional drill (HDD) of a 16-inch pipeline, but an alternate method was sought to b

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