Directional drilling controls the angle of a wellbore to make sure the piping that will be installed goes in the correct direction. This kind of drilling is often required depending on the depth a pipe needs to go.
Why Use a Directional Drill to Install Piping for Wells?
Multiple Drill Angles from One Location
Drilling a number of wells from the same location is possible with a directional drill. There is a single platform where the main drill is located; the drill then adjusts to go into multiple directions above or below the surface, so wells are drilled with minimal impact on the local environment. Multiple well targets can be hit by the same drill, and these drills can also extend to places others can't reach.
Access to Inaccessible Surface Locations
Not all drilling targets are accessible with the use of a vertical drill. For example, if there is a deep well below an area with heavy rock that is hard to pass through, a directional drill can be placed into the ground in a place without that rock, then angled to reach the underlying well without disturbing the rock formation. These drills are capable of sidetracking, which means they can go around obstructions and still reach their end location without damaging piping or collapsing a drill hole.
Drilling Below River Basins
Instead of drilling through a river by intersecting it or placing piping above ground, directional drill are capable of digging downward and then parallel to the surface to make sure piping is below the river. This technique helps prevent leaks from entering a river, since any leaks would move downward instead of inward toward the river above, and it also prevents damage to the river, which could disrupt wildlife or the river's natural flow. This kind of drilling isn't only used to go below rivers, but when it is, it's used to create pipelines for oil, fiber-optic cables, and other materials that need to cross watery landscapes.
There are many applications for directional drills, and these are just a few. With a directional drill, you can help protect the environment and its natural formations by going around them, access locations you couldn't if you used a vertical drill, and get your job done more effectively with just one platform base. Try a directional drill if you have a project that is too difficult for a standard drill to complete. Contact a company like Bogner Construction Co for more info.