Utilities Case Study

Monitoring vibration and noise during high power boring

7th May 2019

Monitoring vibration and noise during high power boring, RVT Group

The challenge

The Glasgow Circular high-pressure gas main currently crosses the River Clyde suspended from the Erskine Bridge at Old Kirkpatrick. In a major project, the current pipeline is being replaced and diverted to an alternative crossing. Complex drilling and tunnelling techniques, including Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and micro tunnelling, are being used to overcome challenges to install 1.9km of new pipeline beneath the river.

The fact that the works were taking place in close proximity to schools, churches, local businesses and residential properties, also meant that the potential for noise pollution from these varied and intensive construction tasks was high. As a result of all these factors, it was essential to monitor noise and vibration levels to ensure that sensitive areas of the environment were not disturbed and that concerns from local residents were alleviated.

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