Respected HDD Industry Pioneer Dies at 72

(UC) — Respected HDD industry pioneer with more than 35 years of experience, Ron Halderman has died at 72. 

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is almost synonymous with Ron Halderman.

He, along with other innovators, paved the way for trenchless technology. 

With 36 years of design and project management experience in HDD projects, including design build and EPC delivery methods, Ron never ceased to find a better way to serve his clients in the industry. A registered professional engineer, he held a degree in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and graduate studies from the University of Idaho.

Over the years Ron published many articles and presented numerous papers.  He was involved in many “firsts” in this industry – first mile long drill, first drill under an airport runway, first mile-long drill in rock, and he managed a number of award-winning projects across the globe.  He held two HDD related patents entitled “Apparatus and Method for Recirculating Mud When Drilling under an Obstacle” and “Drilling Fluid Recovery when Drilling under an Obstacle or Water Body.”  He was the co-creator of thixotropic thermal grout (No-Set™) for high voltage electrical transmission systems (patent pending). 

Ron was inducted into the NASTT’s (North American Society for Trenchless Technology Hall of Fame in 2015 for his contributions to the advancement of both the trenchless technology industry.

Ron served as Director of Special Projects for Mears Group.  He was a pillar of integrity and accomplishments, that was well earned over his 36-year career in the industry.  He was also a beloved father, husband, son, and friend to many.  His wife, Lynn, always present and supportive of his career, can attest to his quirky humor, but also of his grounded stability, and love for his family.  Ron passed away Friday, May 29, in Billings, Montana after battling cancer. 

Mears was privileged to have a person of Ron’s stature in its ranks and is thankful for his innovativeness and passion for his work.  He will always remain part of the Mears’ family and is an integral part of the Company’s history as a truly remarkable person. 

The family will be making a donation to Colorado School of Mines in memory of Ron.  Checks can be made payable to Lynn Halderman.  A memorial is tentatively being planned in the future at Ron and Lynn’s home in Billings, Montana.

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