Welcome to MacDriller, Inc
Florida licensed Underground Contractor located in the greater Tampa Bay area and serving all of Florida, specializing in complex, subaqueous directional bores.
MacDriller, Inc. offers a turn-key product to its clients and specializes in the larger, more complex directional boring projects involving:
Who Are We?
Incorporated in 2005, MacDriller, Inc. specializes in turnkey design-build directional bore installations. The company services utility, municipal and construction clients with bore design, construction and as-builts of placements.
MacDriller, Inc. was founded by Steve McLaughlin, a pioneer in the directional boring industry with experience in horizontal directional drilling/boring dating back to the 1980s. Today, Chris McLaughlin, the firm’s president and qualifying licensed contractor incorporates his geospatial knowledge as a Florida licensed surveyor and mapper to offer consideration of corridor research and design feasibility from the start. His experience and dual licensing offers a unique advantage, allowing the initial site survey, utility location and certified as-built drawings to be coordinated in-house in addition to the construction coordination. He serves as project manager and oversees all installations – from initial concept, design, construction and restoration.
Local Power Company Cable Replacements
Local Utility Company Cable Replacements: In an effort to increase power load capacity to Pinellas County’s beach communities at a significant cost-savings, a local utility company chose to replace 15 aluminum subaqueous feeder cables with copper cabling. The result can increase power loads on an existing installation by 30%. Being uniquely experienced with the logistics and challenges of long uninterrupted utility installations, MacDriller, Inc. remobilized to two of its previous subaqueous directional bores: Treasure Island Causeway (2010 bore), and Belleaire Causeway (2006 bore). The project required coordination with city and county officials as well as a switch / cut / pull / replace/ splice / switch iteration repeated five times over the five power feeders, each consisting of 3-phases/cables in each feeder. The effort was completed in a significantly short timeframe of five days, including Father’s Day at a public boat ramp!
Local Power Company | St. Pete to Tierra Verde
Local Utility Company Tierra Verde X96 (Summer 2015): Originally designed and permitted in 2008 as a Joint Utility Bore utility relocation project to move power cables out of the way of the pending State Road 679 bridge replacement from Isla del Sol (St. Petersburg) to Tierra Verde (unincorporated Pinellas County). The initial project was to include three local utility’s 3-phase power feeders, Verizon telephone, Bright House Networks telecommunications, and a force main for the City of St. Petersburg. The economic downturn delayed FDOT’s construction of the replacement bridge until 2018, however the local utility company opted to relocate its facilities in 2015 due to the existing subaqueous cables nearing their end-of-life and incurring damage from vessels. The bore was nearly 2,700 feet in length and installed a 24-inch HDPE casing with nine 4-inch inner-ducts. Six pullboxes were installed and 3 miles of copper cable were pulled into the inner-ducts. This installation provides power to Fort DeSoto County Park and Egmont Key State Park & National Wildlife Refuge, as well as a backup circuit to Pass-A-Grille and St. Pete Beach.
Local Power Company | Wekiva Parkway
In 2004, the State of Florida authorized a $1.6 Billion parkway to complete a toll expressway loop around Orlando. Part of this program was in consideration of environmental impacts to black bear habitats and natural wildlife crossings, in particular a 4,000 foot corridor along existing State Road 46 over which a bridge would be constructed to elevate the roadway above a swath of forest frequently used by many endangered and threatened animal species. Part of the understanding of this corridor was once the bridges were constructed, no maintenance or improvements were allowed on the ground beneath the bridge, including utility maintenance. Faced with a challenge of installing an uninterrupted 4,000 foot power line, MacDriller, Inc. was contacted to demonstrate the feasibility of installing a continuous run unlike other long crossings encountered in the Orlando region of the state. Given the time it had taken to consider various approaches and the pressures faced by the construction schedule, MacDriller, Inc. was given 30 days to install the project – including the Christmas and New Years holidays, which MacDriller, Inc. completed in 15 days. Remobilization was necessary due to construction outpacing the speed of material delivery. MacDriller, Inc.’s experience with CAD design and geospatial technologies aided with a seamless extension of 120-feet to avoid a construction obstacle on-the-fly thus eliminating additional delays to the bridge project.
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