Summit 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.

Summit 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 Summit 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 tri 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 Summit 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

  • Chemical

  • Manufacturing

  • Subsurface Utility Engineering

  • Engineering Firms

  • Transportation

  • Telecommunications

  • Municipalities

  • Environmental



  • 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

  • Tunneling

Utility/Line Locating

  • Pipelines

  • 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