Control Console

Definition - What does Control Console mean?

In microtunnelling or directional drilling, a control console is an electronic unit capable of steering the drill bit. The console receives data emitted from a transmitter installed on the drill bit and displays the information for the drill rig operator.

Using the information relayed by the console, the operator can use the controls on the console to adjust the bore path in the desired direction.

Trenchlesspedia explains Control Console

The control console is typically housed inside of a portable container at the construction site. In addition to the bore direction, the console may also be used to control:

  • Jacking force (in pipe jacking applications)
  • Drill speed/progression rate
  • Drill torque
  • Drilling mud emissions
  • Steering angle

Most consoles are computerized and are capable of performing real-time analysis of the tunneling conditions and the predicted bore path. The skill required to operate the control panel and interpret analysis data can be complex, therefore, the control panel must be operated by specially trained personnel.

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