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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2019 Municipal Sewer & Water Survey and Spending Forecast
27 February 2019

Underground Construction magazine recently completed its 22nd annual survey and spending analysis of the U.S. sewer and water infrastructure market. This annual study forecasts that in 2019, roughly $19.75 billion will be spent on sewer, water and storm water piping installation and rehabilitation, an increase of 3.7 percent compared to 2018.

In this webcast, the editors of Underground Construction will share details from this survey and delve into the key topics and concerns of municipal managers, including their relationships with consulting engineers and contractors. Further, various trenchless construction and rehab methods are rated by city personnel along with important perspectives on the applications and use of technology, asset management, top issues, workforce struggles and many other challenges facing municipal personnel today.

For those who value essential and insightful information about the operations and spending plans of America’s municipal infrastructure, this survey and analysis provides the most comprehensive information available.

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