OCU has established one of the UK’s leading Trenchless Installation services where for more than 17 years OCU has invested in people, plant and specialist equipment to develop an in-house Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) business that operates on a national scale. Our contract portfolio incorporates work for major UK Utilities, Private Developers and Tier 1 Capital Delivery Organisations.
Our membership to the United Kingdom for the Society of Trenchless Technology (UKSTT) means we can provide fully independent Trenchless Solutions. OCU operates an Integrated Management System (IMS) accredited to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, and were also the first Utility Contractor to achieve the Lloyds Assurance accreditation for HDD.
Trenchless Technology is the science of installing, repairing or renewing underground pipelines, ducts and cables using techniques that minimise or eliminate the need for excavation. The use of such techniques has been proved to reduce the cost, environmental and social impact of utility works. The field of Trenchless Technology can be divided into four main areas:-
- The location and inspection of existing buried services
- Rehabilitation techniques such as cleaning, patching and re-lining
- Replacement techniques such as pipe bursting, pipe splitting and pipe extraction
- Installation techniques such as auger boring, tunnelling, pipe-jacking, impact moling & HDD