The Owen Sound Reinforcement project began in early 2020 and completed in fall of 2020. The project required pipeline weights along with protection from a rocky trench bottom. PipeSak Inc. provide PipeSaks to address the weight requirements as well as 16” PipePillos to address the rugged terrain.
PipePillos are lightweight, in-trench supports that offer an alternative to traditional sandbag beddings. Lifting the pipeline above the rocky trench bottom, PipePillos offer permanent support that protect the pipe’s coating from damage while decreasing the risk of ovality by up to 50% as compared to other support methods.
Unlike other supports that require workers to be in-trench, PipePillos can be affixed to the pipe outside of the trench. This installation method proved particularly beneficial on the Owen Sound Reinforcement to maintain a safe working environment by keeping pipeliners out of the trench. 8,122 PipePillos were placed on this project and their use kept the pipeline’s integrity true, while supplying a portable pipeline support system that prioritized workers’ safety while simultaneously saving the project time & money.