Oil piping is installed in the ground using conventional methods of boring and newer methods like Horizontal Directional Drilling or Trenchless methods. This enables ground excavation and piping with minimal disruptions to road surfaces, traffic, and utilities above ground. In addition, a detailed checklist is used to ascertain safety and operational readiness during trenchless drilling. Here we will discuss some highlights of Horizontal Directional Drilling (Trenchless Drilling) inspections.

  • What are some of the vital points included in trenchless drilling checklists?
  • Why are they crucial to the safety and viability of the drilling process?
  • How does Fielda help engineers use these checklists effectively?

Horizontal Directional Drilling (Trenchless Drilling): 

Inspectors use a detailed checklist for auditing the drilling process, including safety aspects such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), first aid kits, spill kits, fire safety equipment, winch ropes, lifting gear, etc. All these items are checked to ensure they are available and that staff is trained on how to use them. In addition, various things are audited for readiness, including fluid levels (oil, fuel, water), hydraulic hoses (for leaks or damage), mast and drill head, tires and tracks condition, undercarriage condition, drilling tools, etc., to ensure a smooth drilling process. 

Why Horizontal Directional Drilling (Trenchless Drilling) checklists are essential: 

Trenchless drilling requires specific skills and poses unique risks. The Horizontal Directional Drilling (trenchless drilling) checklist helps inspectors audit the staff, equipment, and process to ensure that the operations are completely safe. There are also risks of damaging utilities in the ground, and proper procedures must be followed in conjunction with civic authorities to ensure these are mapped and protected during drilling. Finally, the technical aspects are checked to conduct operations smoothly with no delays, disruptions, or downtime. These checklists help operational teams stay on track before and during the trenchless drilling. 

How Fielda helps inspectors use these checklists:

Depending on OSHA regulations, local regulatory norms, and project-specific constraints, inspectors may need to modify checklists to stay relevant to the operations. This can be very cumbersome with manual forms. Fielda offers completely digital custom forms that inspectors can quickly adapt in just a few clicks. Fielda helps technicians gather data seamlessly with its offline data capture feature when drilling operations are conducted in remote locations without internet connectivity. All data, once collected, is instantly available for review and informs operational decisions in real time. Inspectors can generate reports on the go and use critical metrics for better planning and execution.  

Pre-empt: Plan trenchless drilling operations with detailed audit checklists before the project execution

Optimize: Lower downtime, increase productivity through better safety and operational readiness 

Consolidate: Consolidate drilling data and keep stakeholders looped in on progress in real-time

About Fielda: Fielda helps companies manage and maintain their assets and gain real-time oversight of all tasks, workflows, and projects to improve operational efficiency, enhance team productivity and impact the bottom line. Whether it’s installations, inspections, repairs, replacement of parts, servicing and maintenance, or routine audits, with Fielda’s mobile data collection, GIS-enabled technology, automated and custom workflows, and analytics, you can eliminate errors, enhance response time, ease workflow bottlenecks, and simplify your field operations.

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