TRACTO-TECHNIK Australia was recently contacted by ‘US’ - Utility Services to discuss the benefits of the GRUNDOBURST pipeline rehabilitation systems for the replacement of ageing water mains on behalf of South East Water in the state of Victoria. ‘US’ - Utility Services is a program Alliance between South East Water Limited, Thiess Services and Siemens Limited. The Alliance is currently responsible for delivering the water mains renewal programme utilising trained in house rehabilitation crews.
Following discussions between products specialists from TRACTO-TECHNIK Australia and ‘US’- Utility Services it was decided that the latest GRUNDOBURST 800G was the most suitable machine for the range of pipe diameters that would be encountered through the various planned works for South East Water.
The GRUNDOBURST 800G is unique to any other pipe bursting machine on the market due to its unique patented quicklock rod design enabling safe, efficient rod handling. This was an important factor in the decision making process for ‘US’ - Utility Services.
The GRUNDOBURST 800G also features a very compact design eliminating the need for large excavations during the pipe bursting operation and also reducing potentially expensive reinstatement costs. The unit provides flexible pipe bursting capacity from 100mm through to 450mm for ‘US’ - Utility Services. Currently the unit is busy working on several 180mm and 250mm pipe bursting projects.
Dedicated “US” pipe bursting vehicle
The new equipment has been well received by all operators who like the ease of use offered by the quicklock rod design. They also like the flexibility to burst in two directions on certain projects. This is provided by the ability to simultaneously push the rods through another section of main during the pullback burst operation, therefore reducing rig setup times.
TRACTO-TECHNIK Australia and ‘US’ - Utility Services are looking forward to continuing to strengthen the working relationship on future projects.