This project will design and develop a prototype tool that will be tested thoroughly through onsite trials & further development, specifically:
Design and develop a cutter to allow the removal of a window from a steel main that has been inserted with PE. It is assumed that the existing ductile window cutter design will be used as a starting point with a focus on two key areas for modification; the air powered motor and blade system;
Develop a working prototype and carry out off site testing in the order of 20-30 operations;
Carry out at least 10 onsite trials to review the solution with field operatives; and
Recommend any necessary modifications
This tool needs to be simple and safe to use and be able to work within a typical service excavation without requiring additional cost excavating or damaging other utility apparatus.
To produce a hand held window cutting tool that has been tested in the field and that is at a stage to be transferred to business as usual for all networks advantage.