Lasers, Pipe, Concrete, Pipelines
In 1982 the Business Roundtable prepared several reports which investigated various aspects of construction which posed significant research opportunities. Their findings placed piping construction in the group of activities categorized as having "highest potential" for improvements based on inefficiency, or construction difficulty and proportionate costs. It was estimated that over $1 billion could be saved annually if the difficulty in the piping industry was improved to only average of other areas. Further investigation into the piping area showed that the alignment process took 20% of the cycle time for installation and ranked either first or second as compared to other task involved in pipe installation with regards to complexity, skills required and dependency on technical information. Based on the above, this research project was performed to develop a new technique to aid in the alignment process of underground gravity glow pipe. Included in the research was a detailed investigation into existing techniques for performing this task, establishment of a sample analysis to establish workable tolerances for pipe installation, the development of a laser-controlled excavation system and a cost analysis of the new technique presented. All technology used to develop this improved process consisted of currently available equipment used in other fields.
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Leftwich, D. Scot
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Balter, Eugene N., "Optimization Analysis for Alignment Criteria and Installation of Gravity Flow Underground Pipe" (1985). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4814.