Open cut/Trenching is still a necessary, even though more invasive, method of conduit placement and utility installation. Larger diameter pipes and/or numerous conduits or cables in a single trench may require open cut trenches for the completion of projects. The open trench method is also used in areas where large quantities of utilities are present. This method is also useful for difficult or non-traceable utilities which may be hidden in the placement zone. Trenching is also useful when deeper depths or per-grade placements are required for installation.
Pavement integration is a finishing product of open cut/ trenching performed by Brooks. This means of restoring of pavement to its original integrity using an infrared heater and a binding solution. During Brooks’ work on the ITS SmartWay project for TDOT, several miles of interstate in the downtown Nashville area were repaired in 2009 with no signs of degradation.