Steve Walker Offers Years of Experience in Hand Tunneling
SSC’s Trenchless & Fleet Manager, Steve Walker, has over 10 years of experience with hand tunneling. As a leader of this service, he has knowledge of ground conditions, and whether or not a project will permit using an auger bore or if hand tunneling is needed.
The term hand tunneling is used to describe the type of man-entry tunneling in which a person excavates from the face of the tunnel with a hand tool. This is ideal when mechanical excavation is not an option and the excavation must be completed.
This service provides some challenges, just like any other. When hand tunneling, our crews often have to work in tight spaces in the pipe; the work is very physically demanding. Another challenge is the ground conditions, which can go from dirt, to hard rock, to sand and cobbles.
Despite these challenges, the SSC team takes our time to go in and do the work correctly. We use a variety of tools to help us work with all ground conditions – shovels, electric jackhammers, and even a skid steer if the diameter of the pipe allows.
With years of work in Arizona, Steve and the SSC team often know when a hand tunnel is needed because of previous experience in nearby locations. With over 51 years of experience in hand tunneling, SSC is your trusted company. Learn more about this service here.