Remote service line connection
Pipe insertion is a technique which involved putting a smaller into an existing, larger one. It allows us to install new pipes, but with a much lower level of excavation on the roads and in customers’ homes than necessary with other methods.
The need for fewer excavations means that we can save resources and cost, for example by reducing the need for permits and the cost of restoration.
There are two ways in which distribution networks can insert pipes - live and dead insertion.
Element four of our project will develop a robotic technique to connect the newly inserted PE pipe to customer’s service lines, from within the pipe itself.
The new robotic method will: