Targeted excavation has always posed a challenge to companies, contractors and workers looking to avoid costly errors and time-wasting when it comes to accessing underground utilities. Today, we’re seeing the expansion of hydro excavation into the mining industry, where extracting vital resources is increasingly relying on new ways to access the world underground. 

With an increasingly complex network of underground utility services, debris, and a need to avoid accidents, injuries and damages, the effective and targeted solutions offered by vacuum trucks is the reason why vacuum excavation is booming in today’s mining industry. 

Here we scratch the surface and get into the main reasons behind the success of vacuum excavation, and discover why vacuum excavation is booming in the mining industry. 


Fewer costs, less time 


In a fast-moving industry, timing and costs are closely linked to productivity. At Vermeer WA & NT, we understand that better than anyone. 

Vacuum excavation has changed the way we approach projects across the mining industry. That’s also the case in other industries where accurate and targeted excavation cuts the time it takes to reach objectives, making it cheaper and more financially viable compared to traditional excavation equipment. 

But it’s arguably the mining industry that stands to benefit from this advantage – with better productivity and quicker and safer access to underground services and networks, contractors can speed up operations manifold.


Low footprint, high impact 


The future is low impact, targeted excavation. And a combination of low footprint, high impact capability is in high demand at mine sites across Australia. 

We’re seeing a shift towards more accurate, and non-invasive approaches to excavation. Within the mining sector, this is a welcome addition to the capabilities that exist in ensuring safer and more targeted tools for excavation. 

Here’s a closer look at how vacuum excavation can reduce the impact on the job-site:

  • Minimal impact on the immediate job site location. Whether it is excess sand, spoil, or rubble, vacuum excavation limits the damage to the environment.
  • Less dust. Hydro excavation also means there will be less dust in the immediate job site, allowing operations to continue in a safe and orderly manner. 
  • Highly versatile. Because the pressure of the hose head can be operated remotely, there are more opportunities for operating in close quarters and congested job sites. 
  • Safer than ever. Vacuum excavation techniques present a safer alternative to traditional digging methods where the crew might be required to enter the digging site or risk coming into contact with buried utilities. 


Tackling diverse soil environments 


Western Australia and the Northern Territory are home to some of Australia’s most complex and difficult soil conditions. Finding innovative ways to navigate these challenging environments is essential to the future of projects in both regions.

One of the main reasons why vacuum excavation is booming is due to the versatile capability it offers in digging and locating in a variety of soil and ground conditions. 

Across Western Australia and the Northern Territory and beyond we see vastly different ground structures – including clay, limestone, sand and gravel. With growing interest in streamlining such projects – knowing that the soil density and structure is a non-issue from the beginning can greatly improve planning and on-site productivity. 


Catering to a variety of mining applications 


Ever since vacuum trucks started supporting surface mining equipment and delivering results, the abilities of vacuum excavation trucks to carefully target key underground assets and move efficiently between site locations in some of Australia’s harshest environments makes Vermeer’s range of “sucker trucks” a powerful tool in moving any project forward. 

With high-pressure water systems, quality filtration systems, and large spoil tanks, vacuum excavation trucks are a vital partner in horizontal directional drilling and other mining activities across the country.


Vermeer WA & NT offer unique solutions 


Meeting growing demand, Vermeer’s range of high-precision vacuum excavator trucks are designed to meet a growing variety of needs within the mining industry. This includes targeted excavation, potholing, mud and spoil cleanup, and other mining-related applications. 

But what makes Vermeer’s vacuum excavator fleet so appealing to contractors in the mining industry?

Let’s take a closer look at what sets Vermeer’s equipment apart:

  • Unparalleled quality 
  • Industry-leading design
  • Quiet and effective
  • Flexible financing and warranty options
  • After-sales support 


Upgrade your capability today


As industry leaders in vacuum excavation, Vermeer WA & NT stand by to equip your team with the tools they need to ensure smooth location, excavation, installation processes.

Whether you’re a contractor, mining firm or interested in learning more about Vermeer WA & NT’s superior vacuum excavation capability, simply give our experienced sales team a call or reach out online. We are ready to speak about how you can level up your capacity underground. 

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