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Background

Deane (Herb) started in the trenchless industry in 1992 working as a site supervisor in charge of the underground installation of power and telecom services, watermain renewals and sewer pipe renewals.

In July 2000 Subsurface Drilling was created when two men had a vision on what they wanted to achieve. this vision was setting up a trenchless installation company that could provide a professional one stop installation. One of the partners already owned and operated several successful business’s in and around Christchurch area, and the other had been involved in all aspects of conventional and trenchless installation. The company started of by purchasing the first new Ditchwitch 2720 directional drill in the South Island from Loadlift equipment to whom they are still purchasing new equipment from to this day. The company now owns and operates three directional drills ranging in size from 4,500lbs of thrust to 30,000bls of thrust through the latest addition, a Ditch Witch 3020. These machines are capable of installing pipes from 20mm in diameter down the side of a house and under the vege garden to pipe diameters of 350mm or bigger down road ways and under buildings.

Along with directional drilling Subsurface Drilling can cater for many different installation processes depending on ground conditions, lengths, pipe size or pipe material. Other installs can be installed by: pipe ramming, thrust boring, pipe cracking, conventional trenching and chain trenching

Subsurface Drilling's very first contract was for Connetics Limited who were successful in securing part of the Telstra/Saturn contract to install new telecommunications network in and around the Christchurch CBD and urban areas. This work consisted of installing several continuous ducts from 63mm to 110mm diameter along with the installs of vaults and pedestals that were installed at most boundary lines. To cross the roads on thig project pneumatic hammers {thrust boring machines} were used. Subsurface Drilling was also fortunate enough to be involved in bringing the main cable ashore at North Brighton. As part of the environment care plan the sand dunes could not be open trenched. The work consisted of directional drilling through the sand dunes with depths of up to 6 metres deep out onto the beach front. At low tide the cable was brought ashore that had been laid by a specialist ship along the east coast of New Zealand to activate the Saturn network in Christchurch

Subsurface drilling over the years has strived to maintain its involvement with trenchless technology by continuously improving in areas of traffic management, staff training, and purchasing and running the latest trenchless machines. We also run a Vax 30 which is a vacuum excavation machine mounted on the rear of a truck that we use to maintain drill fluids, locating of existing services and for keeping our environment clean.


Since starting business Sub Surface Drilling has now worked through out the South Island of New Zealand and has an established working relationship with the following councils

Christchurch City Council

Waimakariri District Council

Hurunui District Council

Selwyn District Council

SCIRT ( Christchurch City Council EarthQuake Rebuild )


The company is very health and safety orientated and has adopted an ISO 9001-2000 (Certificate No 10359) as its recognised quality system. Sub Surface also put all its staff through training from licenses to first aid, and management courses.