Day 264: Pipe Dreams

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September 20, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

I think the following clip is a good way to introduce this post:

Today’s project is not about highways, but the salient point is that infrastructure has a tremendous impact on the stability or instability, failure or success of an entire civilization.  Today’s project is focusing on one other (relatively un-sexy) element of critical infrastructure at the foundation of technological advancement: pipes.

TOHL has built a better pipeline, and is bringing it almost anywhere.  A rapidly-deployable, rapidly-retractable, low-impact, small-footprint, flexible, durable pipeline that can carry anything from water to wires across landscapes that conventionally would cause budgets to soar.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tohl/tohl-elevating-infrastructure

Our innovation allows us to spool much longer sections of flexible  high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe – from 500m to several kilometers  in length – and install it via helicopter!  Beyond being way cooler, this method reduces the  number of welds necessary, cutting labor costs by 80% compared to  conventional methods, and allows us to lay pipeline over very difficult  terrain with unprecedented speed. Seriously, it’s good stuff!

Good stuff is small, flexible, portable, has a small footprint but makes a big impression.  It’s a new way – a better way – of doing something important for potentially thousands (thousands of thousands) of people around the world.  Back TOHL’s campaign of pipe dreams before September 23.

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