Webcasts

HDD 101: The Fundamentals of HDD Operations & Tooling
7 December 2021

Sponsor: Melfred Borzall

Are you new to the HDD Industry or have new employees that could benefit from a training on the fundamentals of HDD operations and tooling? In this webinar, HDD’s Founding Father Dick Melsheimer will teach with his son, Peter Melsheimer, the following:

  • Fundamentals of HDD drilling technology
  • Drill rig + tooling selection (and why it matters)
  • Working with varying ground conditions
  • Mistakes to avoid during a pilot bore
  • Selecting and sizing the right backreamer
  • Safety in HDD

All attendees will get a free gift at the end of the webinar!

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Coming Together to Train and Develop the Future Workforce
23 September 2021

Sponsor: Ditch Witch

Ditch Witch’s Cory Maker will be joined by Steve Sellenriek, President of Sellenriek Construction and Cole Shaefer, State Technical College of Missouri, Department Chair and Technical Instructor. This panel will discuss the need for qualified operators, how this project got started, how it’s going and where it’s headed. In short, a manufacturer, a contractor and a college are coming together to help assist with one of the industry’s biggest pain points: labor.

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Everyone Plays a Part in Damage Mitigation
23 June 2021

Sponsor: Ditch Witch

As the industry continues to evolve and underground environments become more complex and congested, understanding each role in the damage mitigation process becomes increasingly important. Everyone – from utility locating professionals to HDD contractors to equipment manufacturers – plays an important role in mitigating damage. When everyone works together and takes care of their unique responsibilities, crews are put in the best position to succeed and avoid often dangerous and costly damage. Webcast topics will include best practices and techniques for locating and exposing utilities, the role of GPS in data collection, and current trends in collection of underground data. 

Members of the industry are in this together. This comprehensive look at the damage mitigation process will help arm the attendee with the necessary information to keep crews safe.

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Fiber Jobsite Best Practices: Keys to Success
21 April 2021

Sponsor: Ditch Witch

It’s no secret that the Fiber market continues to boom. But are you taking full advantage of this growing market? Does your planning, process, training and equipment deliver on productivity requirements of the Fiber job? 

In this webcast, we will discuss the following topics: 

  • The fiber market: facts and figures
  • Developing a bore plan 
  • Best instillation methods for common challenges 
  • Drill scenarios 
  • Best practices in vacuum excavation 

It’s our goal to address some of the common jobsite challenges and provide insight on how to drive productivity on the fiber job. 

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Annular Pressure How Its Changing the Industry
24 February 2021

Sponsor: HardRock Directional Drilling

Annular pressure has become a very useful tool in the HDD industry. It assists in the quality of the bore hole, as well as helps mitigate inadvertent returns. We will be answering the following questions. What is annular pressure? What causes annular pressure? What does controlling annular pressure prevent? How do you control annular pressure? What is needed to run annular pressure tooling? What does controlling annular pressure affect? What are the pros and cons of annular pressure monitoring? How is limit pressures calculated?

We will be discussing how annular pressure monitoring is used by an industry leading contractor, and how it is improving the industry as a whole.

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The Never-Ending Challenge of Avoiding HDD Inadvertent Returns
7 October 2020

Sponsors: TriFlo, Wyo-Ben, Mears Group, Inc. 

There are many different dynamics occurring in the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry that both support and harm HDD. The use of drilling fluids, unfortunately, is considered a potential environmental hazard by many government agencies. The unanticipated release of drilling fluid through cracks or fissures in the soil (inadvertent returns) has emerged as a major issue for HDD no matter what the size of the rig.

Understanding causes of inadvertent returns and how to prevent them has become a major focus of the HDD industry. This webinar will discuss the challenges of using the right mud/polymer selection to execute both the needs of a project while also meeting strict environmental restrictions and regulations. In addition, discussions will include anticipating, planning and preparing to prevent and control inadvertent returns.

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The Challenge of Mud Disposal for HDD of All Sizes
28 May 2020

Sponsors: Wyo-Ben and TriFlo

There are many different dynamics occurring in the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry. However, the essential but increasingly complex use of mud and fluids on the job site is one of the most important factors in the future of directional drilling. Mud disposal is not only a cost issue, but it has become a political concern as well. HDD as a chosen method is being scrutinized and overlooked because of drilling mud issues and concerns.

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Bore Design - Constructability Meets Feasibility
25 February 2020

Sponsor: HardRock Directional Drilling

In this webinar, we will cover topics to assist in both the design and construction phases involving directional drilling. HDD can be a complex and costly portion of any project. There are many factors that restrict and limit what is allowed versus what is practical such as right of way, room for product pull section, existing obstructions, etc.   

As an HDD contractor there are industry standards that need to be adhered to: i.e. 100x pipe size (for radius), standard entry & exit angles (depending on rig size) and work space (depending on rig size). These are some of the basic requirements needed to help ensure a constructible design.

It is our goal to address design issues/requirements (both good and bad) in this webinar, and provide an industry leader’s inside views on how to make a successful drill.

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