Environmental Impact Assessment
Definition - What does Environmental Impact Assessment mean?
An impact study can be defined as the research carried out to determine the impact a construction project will have on the surrounding environment. With the increasing angst against the destruction of forests and landfilling of water bodies for making a place for civilization, it has become necessary to ensure that any construction project does not come under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scanner.
Trenchless technology has come as a relief to contractors thanks to techniques that allow the laying of pipelines without disruption of environmentally sensitive areas.
Trenchlesspedia explains Environmental Impact Assessment
Sustainable construction techniques are becoming the norm due to the rising global pressure for protecting the environment. Impact studies are carried out to minimize any potential damage that a project can have on its surroundings. Trenchless construction techniques, such as horizontal directional drilling (HDD), microtunneling, pipe ramming, etc. have been found to be excellent methods for digging beneath environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands, estuaries and river bodies.
These methods allow for the laying of pipelines without the need for the diversion or disruption of water flow, allowing the delicate flora and fauna to remain undisturbed. Preventing erosion and contamination of the site due to the release of drilling mud is also essential by employing appropriate disposal methods.