Applications of horizontal sampling and logging technologies in geotechnical site investigations

Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Erez N. Allouche, Kevin W. Biggar, Renato V. Clementino, Peter K. Robertson

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Abstract

Horizontal Directional Drilling enables the drilling of horizontal boreholes 50 mm (2 inches) to 1200 mm (48 inches) in diameter beneath surface/subsurface obstacles, over extended horizontal distances. Recently, this technology has expanded its application beyond the oil, gas, and utilities industries to include the sampling and logging of soils in geotechnical site investigations. This paper provides a short introduction to horizontal directional drilling. Horizontal sampling and logging tools including a prototype multiple-port soil sampler and a horizontal directional pre-bored cone penetration device (HD-PB-CPT), currently under development as part of an academia/industry collaborative research program, are described. Overall, horizontal directional drilling technology has valuable applications in site investigation, offering a more efficient and cost-effective method for collecting geotechnical and geo-environmental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeotechnical Special Publication
PublisherASCE
Pages93-104
Number of pages12
Edition90
ISBN (Print)0784404348
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 3rd National Conference onGeo-Engineering for Underground Facilities - Urbana, IL, USA
Duration: Jul 13 1999Jul 17 1999

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
Number90
ISSN (Print)0895-0563

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1999 3rd National Conference onGeo-Engineering for Underground Facilities
CityUrbana, IL, USA
Period7/13/997/17/99

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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    Ariaratnam, S. T., Allouche, E. N., Biggar, K. W., Clementino, R. V., & Robertson, P. K. (1999). Applications of horizontal sampling and logging technologies in geotechnical site investigations. In Geotechnical Special Publication (90 ed., pp. 93-104). (Geotechnical Special Publication; No. 90). ASCE.