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Measuring the Benefits of Trenchless Technology

Since the various trenchless methods of construction have become accepted over the past couple decades, the industry has argued that trenchless technology can help society by reducing traffic impact, public disruption and help in the repairs of buried infrastructure.

In 2007, legislation was brought in to lower carbon emissions by British Columbia, many other provinces of Canada, and 39 states in the United States, as well as other areas of the world. The British Columbia trenchless industry tried to work this to its advantage and promote the use of all types of trenchless construction over traditional open cut construction.

One of the groups who led the charge in Canada is the British Columbia chapter of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT-BC), which developed a trenchless protocol to allow anyone using trenchless techniques – as opposed to traditional open cut – to create a carbon credit. This allows cities to offset their trenchless programs against their day-to-day operations.

Related: The Rise in Trenchless Technology

How can trenchless technology provide further benefits?

Financially Friendly

Trenchless technology can potentially call for an expensive outlay, but once you’ve invested in the necessary tools and equipment to carry out your trenchless excavation projects you’ll find that these costs are quickly recouped.

Decreased Disruptions

Because trenchless technology exponentially reduces the need for invasive excavations, it has much less of an impact on the surrounding environment, both ecologically and socially. Residential neighbourhoods remain unscathed, commercial districts don’t have to deal with loss of business and rural regions remain undisturbed. Noise and air pollution are also kept to a minimum and rehabilitation time is short.


Excavating is one of the riskiest aspects of construction and safety is therefore a concern within the civil engineering industry. Rendering the majority of excavations unnecessary can therefore only be a good thing – landslides and related accidents become a thing of the past and workers can instead rely on the manual safety assurances provided by trenchless technology.

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