This Site’s Not All That’s Under Construction

Well, I’ve just come back in from the cold. Literally. I’ve been out most all night and into the morning at a construction site in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia on a construction monitoring job. Yes, I watch people work on construction. It’s not a bad gig, if you’ve got long thermal underwear and a good book to read by dome-light in your car. Oh yeah, you’ll also want a decent pair of work boots because the stuff that this operation digs up is like walking through the waste site of a modeling clay factory.

Setting up to take level shots at the construciton site

Essentially, a Jack & Bore pipe installation is a method of pushing a pipe through the ground from one opening to the next, all the while, using a auger inside the pipe to bore out the soil it is displacing. It’s a good way to get a pipe under something you can’t disturb, like say a railroad. Wikipedia doesn’t have anything on Jacking and Boring pipe, and I didn’t see anything with much googlarity to even bother with posting on here. Suffice it to say, if you really need to know about this sort of procedure, then you probably already do.

However, this doesn’t really explain why I’m posting about it at the middle of the morning on the weekend. Back to the whole monitoring thing, I’m out with a co-working taking surveying data and writing field reports covering the construction underway. It’s boring enough, but on top of that, the current temperature outside is around 35° F. I’m not really loving my job right now.

That’s too bad, because my co-worker just called my room and it’s off to the job site to take another round of level shots.

2 thoughts on “This Site’s Not All That’s Under Construction”

  1. Please call me on sat, 3/17, to discuss geotechnical aspects of a jack& bore construction site: [number removed by admin] Thanks, a fellow Virginian residing in Ohio– GWT

  2. Well, it would appear that for whatever reason, I still come in quite high on Google searches for Jack & Bore pipe installations. That’s kind of sad, as it’s a fascinating method of construction. However, I should be clear (as I explained to Mr. Taliaferro) last weekend: I’m not an expert in the field. My role in this project was that of construction monitoring, not the technical aspects of geotechnical engineering. As a structural engineer, my occupation is related, but very different. If you’ve come across this page in the search of information on the topic, I suggest you contact a local geotechnical engineer who can provide you with more information on the topic as well as regional information as geology varies greatly with, well, geographic regions.

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