Category Archives: Probing

Benefits of Using a Geoprobe for Soil Sampling

With spring time officially here—though it may not feel like it just yet—we are getting started with our geoprobing and soil sampling. After all, it’s growing season. Natural resources need a healthy living environment, and soil, as well as groundwater, plays an important role. When soil is not receiving the energy and resources needed, or land is constantly being built on top of soil, chances of contamination greatly increase.

Though we offer many drilling services in PA, our geoprobe drilling is genuinely beneficial to the environment. We push tools and sensors through the surface of the ground without using a drill to remove the soil or groundwater, providing you with accurate tests and samples. How can this be done? Our geoprobing machines are hydraulically powered to apply static force into the subsurface of the ground. No drills needed. Plus, when you have a hard to reach area, or difficult access for a drill rig, geoprobing is the precise solution. We call it direct push.

But, this blog is titled benefits of using a geoprobe for your soil sampling. Aside from the fact that it is environmentally efficient and provides access to hard to reach—soil rich—areas for excellent samples, here are a few more. With our quality machines, we can provide you with an accurate sampling in a short amount of time. Direct push boring leaves the soil and surrounding areas clean of mud and spoils. Additionally, the geoprobe machines speed up your sampling process, so you know where you have contaminated soil on your property.

Perhaps what makes geoprobing the most beneficial for your Pennsylvania property is the accuracy. Your soil cores will be left undisturbed, and we’ll be able to generate 3D profiles to your site. Our advanced machinery is benefit enough, but the quality we produce puts us over the top.

Our geoprobe methods are cost-effective, reduce your footprint, are completed quickly, and can reach depths hundreds of feet into the subsurface of the ground. When you need a drilling company in PA to test your soils and groundwater, you know we have the reputation and proper equipment that will be completed within the grounds of state standards.

Auger Boring

Auger boring is used as a safe method for installing pipes and cable ducts in soft stable ground conditions such as clay and soils with contained cobbles while supporting the ground. It is a popular option used for installing utilities under railroads, highways, and levies, because the process retains the soils within the casing reducing the chances of obtaining ground settlement from excavation.

The auger boring process involves the use of an auger boring machine to rotate an auger chain or a flight positioned within a casing pipe that is fitted to a cutter head at the front of the casing. The rotating cutter head, is somewhat larger in diameter compared to the casing pipe, which digs the soil in front of the casing. The soil obtained is then transported back to the machine through the helical auger chain where it is removed by hand or by machine.

The auger boring machine progresses along a track, that is lined up to drive the casing pipe on the designed installation line. Once the auger machine reaches the end of the track arrangement, the auger chain is disconnected from the machine and the machine is moved back to the original starting point on the track where a new casing segment is welded to the existing casing pipe, and a new auger chain connected to the machine and to the existing chain/cutter head.

The excavation process is repeated until the intended project is completed. Once completed the auger chain is withdrawn from the casing pipe and cleaned of all the remaining soil so it is ready to use for the next project.

There are several advantages to using the auger boring process. For example,

-The auger machine can operate from a shaft as small as 2.40mØ

-The process uses a dry method of installation that does not generate slurry

-The procedure does not disrupt the surface, buildings, road, river, rail or traffic

-Boring underground allows for the working area to be confined to points of entry and exit only

-It is not disrupted by surface obstacles

-Can be used to install pipes in changeable ground conditions

-The process is quick and has lower overall costs