Prof. dr hab. inż. Adam Wysokowski

Uniwersytet Zielonogórski

General assumptions for guidelines on the design and construction of facilities using trenchless technologies

Today’s construction technologies are offering an increasing number of innovative solutions that enable the design and construction of facilities in a trenchless manner.
Trenchless technologies are becoming increasingly popular due to their undeniable numerous advantages, such as limited disruption to overland traffic, reduced inconvenience to the environment, reduced construction time, and less risk of damage to existing underground infrastructure elements.
As is generally known, guidelines for the design and construction of facilities
using trenchless technologies can play a crucial role in the entire construction process. This is because they contain generally recommended rules that must be followed by designers, contractors, and other specialists involved in the construction process. It is important that this later also translates into uninterrupted operation of the facilities so completed.
Broad application of the proposed guidelines will ensure the following:
1. safety: The guidelines contain basic requirements for safety during the design and construction of trenchless facilities. They define the relevant procedures and standards to be followed,
to ensure safe working conditions for all parties involved. They also ensure the risk of accidents, damage to infrastructure
, and other unforeseen incidents.
2 Quality: The guidelines provide guidance on the quality of labor, materials, and equipment used during construction. They specify the standards to which all work performed must conform. This ensures high-quality trenchless facilities that are adequately durable, long-lasting, and meet all technical requirements.
3 Efficiency: the guidelines are designed to ensure efficiency in the construction process. They specify the optimal methods and techniques that should
be used to minimize work duration and costs. The guidelines may also provide guidance on the optimal use of resources, such as energy and materials, which contributes to sustainability.
4 Legal aspects: The guidelines provide basic industry guidance
for designers and contractors of trenchless work. They define standards, procedures, and practices that are accepted and recognized by all parties in the construction process. This ensures consistency and uniformity in the approach
to the design and construction of trenchless facilities.
Such development is not only technically necessary but also important from the perspective of environmental protection and minimizing disruption to local communities.
We should, as an engineering community, strive for the rapid development and implementation of such documents. They will certainly contribute to an even wider dissemination of these efficient technologies and organize the investment process for the benefit of all parties involved.
Such measures bring tangible benefits to users and maintenance services.