SET serves clients throughout our territory with twenty vacuum excavation units equipped with the latest technology and skilled craftsmen to meet the highest quality safety and operational standards. We incorporate our performance into our customer’s objectives by understanding that safety matters, budgets and scheduling are tight and you need us there now.  That’s the way we work.  No vacuum excavation job is too small, too large or to complex.  This soft dig excavation technique is used when traditional excavation equipment involves too much risk to underground infrastructure and has quickly become the accepted method. SET employs certified and dedicated vacuum excavation operators and technicians that possess the following training credentials:

30-hour OSHA Operators
10-hour OSHA Technicians
Substation/Switchyard Station Certified
Trenching/Shoring Certified
Nuclear Badged
First Aid/CPR

Key Reasons to Vacuum Excavate:

  • Eliminate unwanted damage
  • Avoid interruption of vital services
  • Reduce risk of litigation
  • Minimize property disturbance
  • Safety benefit-Non-Entry
  • Lessen cost for re-design or change orders
  • Less material needs excavated

At SET we utilize the following two vacuum excavation methods:

Hydro Vacuum Excavation (HVE)
Vacuum excavation is a safe, productive, non-damaging excavation method. Our operators and technician use pressurized water (1,000 to 2,500psi @ 7 to 20gpm), delivered through nozzles designed for specific soil types and applications, to break the soil into pieces that can be conveyed by high flow vacuum into the debris (6 to 15 yard) tank. HVE works in all soil types, including clay and frozen ground, with our onboard water heaters.

Pneumatic Vacuum Excavation (PVE)
Pneumatic excavation utilizes pressurized air (200psi); delivered through specialized nozzles at high volume (330cfm), to the ground which breaks apart the soil so it can be simultaneously transported to the debris (6 to 18 yard) tank.  Air will not damage any material that is non-porous.  This process leaves behind a dry excavation and renders the soil ready for use as backfill.

Our fleet ranges from single axle, 3 yard units, when a small footprint and agility are needed, to tandem axle, 18 yard units with 1,300 gallons of onboard water capacity when bulk excavation is required. Equipped with high power blowers, our trucks are capable of producing up to 28″ Hg of vacuum and delivering air flow speeds of 5,300 cfm. This gives SET the capability to excavate 60′ deep off of our remote operated, telescoping boom or pulling material from 600′ feet away on remote dig applications.  

Markets Served
Nuclear, Fossil and Gas Power Generation
Power Transmission and Distribution
Construction Companies
Oil and Gas Upstream, Midstream and Downstream
Subsurface Utility Engineering
Engineering Firms

Exploratory purposes to clear an area
Drainage ditches
Installation of new lines and grounding
Slot trenches            
Poles and pilings
Pier foundations
Building footer foundations
Slab foundations
Pole and foundation removal
Utility/Line Locating
Electrical lines/conduits
Gas Lines-Cable-Fiber Optics
Mid Street Locates
Underground Infrastructure
Storm sewer and water mains
Cathodic anode installation
Curb box water valve repairs
Catch basin cleaning
HDD Test holes and slurry pits
Production Cleaning
Frac tank cleaning
Rig pit cleaning

Supporting Services Offered
Concrete/Asphalt Cutting and Removal
Shoring Supply and Installation
Backfill and Compaction
Slurry/Spoil Transportation and Disposal
Railing Installation