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.

Categorized as General

By Jason Coleman

Structural engineer and technical content manager Bentley Systems by day. Geeky father and husband all the rest of time.


  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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