VolkerInfra are a division of VolkerStevin, one of five business units that form VolkerWessels UK and are part of the family owned entrepreneurial group that includes VolkerWessels Netherlands. As part of a VolkerWessels company, Visser & Smit Hanab are able to offer complete cradle to grave solutions for trenchless techniques.
Trenchless techniques are often used to minimise disruptions when cables and pipelines are being laid, so that operations can continue as normal. Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) reduces this problem significantly.
HDD techniques provide the answer when rivers, canals, dikes, nature reserves, roads, railways and existing cable and pipeline networks have to be crossed, which is often the case in densely populated areas.
From its very inception, we have been involved in the development of the HDD technique. By using this computer controlled technique, obstacles and other objects can be bypassed. With HDD, the drilling equipment that connects to the drilling tube on the surface pulls the cable, casing pipes or pipeline through the ground. As such, there is no need for costly excavation. For HDD techniques, we have a complete fleet of rigs at our disposal.
We are one of the frontrunners when it comes to using HDD principles. In the last few years, this technique has been successfully used in complex projects, involving rock drilling, dune traverse, landfalls and outfalls.
The refinement of these techniques and the introduction of new methods also mean that directional drilling is becoming a preferred option.
Having our own designers, geologists, engineers, drilling experts and equipment specialists in-house adds to this ‘economic gravitational force'. This means that we can provide a turnkey delivery of our projects.