Excavation pit using the Hydro-Jet Vacuum Excavation System

Project Description

Client: LOCAP

Location: St. James, LA

Date of Completion: July 2014

Boh Bros. recently deployed its proprietary Hydro-Jet Vacuum Excavation System, U.S. Patent No. 8,858,124, to support a major modification project at the LOCAP crude oil pipeline facility in St. James, LA. The owner specifically requested Boh’s patented system because the project required excavation in a highly congested area filled with more than 60 energized cables and conduits, and it had to be done without disrupting LOCAP’s operations. Using the system made it possible for the Boh team to successfully excavate more than 2,000 cubic yards of material in fewer than 50 days with no facility shut downs for nearly 3,500 man-hours of work. Tim Thibodaux, LOCAP’s supervisor, commented, “This is the best technology I’ve seen utilized in a setting such as ours. Nothing compares to it when it comes to safety, protecting the environment, and damage prevention of our pipeline.” Boh’s delicate, successful excavation around so many obstacles was an integral part of the success of the overall manifold modification project.