Remote Trenching Operations

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | July 2013, Vol. 68, No. 7

Most of the excavation was in dirt with occasional rock. In addition to trenching, two horizontal directional drilling (HDD) machines were used on the project to make five bores ranging from 120 to 285 feet across county and lease roads.

To complete work within this extremely short time frame, Kingsley deployed multiple, closely-coordinated crews.

“If just one detail had been missed, we would have failed to meet the required deadline,” said Arrant. “Our in-house trenching operation definitely contributed to our ability to hit this aggressive deadline. To ensure project completion by our deadline, we went to 24-hour construction operations for the last four days. Our company takes pride in our work and our can-do attitude is evident in the way we approach each project. Accomplishing this goal while maintaining a safe working environment can be credited to our fine company team. Our leaders went above and beyond to care for their men, the project and our company.”

Ninety-nine percent was trenched using three different trencher models: Trencor T1060 and T765 machines and a Vermeer T1055.

Workhorse on the project was the company’s Trencor 1060, a 350-horsepower, 95,000-pound machine that can trench to depths of 10 feet.

“The real benefit of the T1060,” said Arrant is that it can make great production while in dirt, and it is also our best machine for tough rock. That makes it our most versatile machine and it was needed for this project.

Kingsley Constructors was founded 37 years ago by Jon Kingsley in Ohio, and has served the Houston area and Southeast Texas for 31 years in both public and private markets providing pipeline construction and maintenance, water management, site work, civil construction, including water infrastructure and storm sewers, sanitary sewer systems, electric and telecom duct banks.

While this report focuses on pipeline construction in rural environments, Kingsley also performs utility work in urban areas.


Kingsley Constructors, (830) 468-3408,
Trencor, (419) 869-7107,
Vermeer Corp., (888) 837-6337,

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