APWA Book Review

Trenchless Technology Applications in Public Works
APWA 1999, 238 pp.

Trenchless technology represents the state-of-the-art in pipeline replacement and rehabilitation. Written as a guideline, Trenchless Technology Applications in Public Works by Raymond L. Sterling and James D. Thorne focuses on three major aspects of this technology:

  • Rehabilitation of existing pipelines;
  • Installation of pipelines using mini-horizontal directional drilling (mini-HDD);
  • Microtunneling and replacement of pipelines using pipe bursting and similar techniques.

The focus of this guideline is on the equipment, materials, processes, applications, and potential difficulties. The manual will allow readers to add value and reduce costs of a project by helping them to plan ahead and appropriately incorporate these techniques. Written to help those relatively new to the process of designing and specifying pipeline rehabilitation systems, it focuses on potential difficulties and contains guidance for avoiding such problems. Employing detailed diagrams and tables for application, this book guides the selection of materials, labor and equipment needed for the employment of these techniques. Very thorough, it provides the range of appropriate applications for each of these trenchless technologies.

Trenchless Technology is based primarily on the results of extensive laboratory and field investigations, research study, state-of-the-art reviews, interviews with industry experts, and case studies. The inclusion of references to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Army Corps of Engineers and the American Water Works Association (AWWA), complete with tolerances, references to ground composition, and minimum qualifications, make this a particularly valuable reference.

This guideline includes details of case studies in Miami-Dade County, Florida; Piqua, Ohio; and the City/County of Denver, Colorado.

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