What is Non-Destructive Excavation?
Underground utilities are often a densely packed maze of cables and infrastructure that is generally poorly mapped. Traditional mechanical excavation methods can cause unforeseen damage to subsurface utilities putting the construction crews and property at risk.
Non-destructive excavation (NDE) refers to a precise, non-destructive process, using either pressurized water or air to mobilize soil and an industrial strength vacuum to simultaneously excavate and evacuate the mobilized soil with minimal environmental impact, safer working conditions and without damaging buried infrastructure.
Badger Daylighting Ltd™. (“Badger”) is North America’s leading provider of non-destructive hydrovac and potholing excavation services. Badger traditionally works for contractors, engineers, and facility owners in the oil and gas, power, municipal, transportation, industrial, and commercial construction industries.
Our key technology is the Badger Hydrovac System, a truck-mounted hydrovac excavation unit that is used primarily for digging safely in areas with buried pipes and cables. Unlike traditional mechanical excavation, the Badger Hydrovac uses a pressurized water stream to liquefy the soil cover, which is then removed with a powerful vacuum system and deposited into a storage tank housed on the truck.
Badger has been designing and manufacturing the Badger Hydrovac System for more than 20 years, continually improving the safety, efficiency, and productivity of the system. Equipped with the most advanced vacuum excavation equipment, Badger then provides hydrovac services to thousands of customers across North America.Badger crews, customers, and employees provide invaluable feedback on ways to improve the technology.
Those ideas are evaluated by an in-house engineering team and the best ideas are incorporated into the design of the next generation of Badger Hydrovac System, making it safer, more reliable, easier to use, and more productive.