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Though Challenging, HDD Intersect Project is Effective Solution

Directionally drilled intersects – two drill units drilling pilot holes from opposite ends of a planned bore path that intersect – are not unusual today, but hardly could be described as routine. The complexities of an intersect and consequences of failure deter most horizontal directional drilling (HDD) contractors from entering this highly specialized market.

APA Group Completes Gas Pipeline, Brisbane River Crossing

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APA Group completed the installation of a gas pipeline in Australia that included a 300-foot (905-meter) crossing under the Brisbane River.

HDD Reunion To Unite Past, Present and Future

When horizontal directional drilling began to spread like wildfire in the late 1980s and 1990s, it was obvious that this disruptive technology was forever changing the face of utility and pipeline construction.

Survey Says: Clear Sailing for HDD

The 21st version of our exclusive HDD survey profiles a healthy industry rife with opportunities for growth. Cynical observers may point out that the bubble must burst sometime, but short of a major economic crunch, our data reflects the belief that most HDD markets will remain strong for several more years.

$21.95 Billion Global HDD Market Forecast by 2026

A new report by ResearchAndMarkets.com estimates the global horizontal directional drilling (HDD) market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14.6 percent to $21.95 billion in 2026 from $6.43 billion in 2017.

Herrenknecht’s E-Power Pipe Nominated for Major International Award

Herrenknecht was nominated for the bauma Innovation Award 2019 in the “Machine” category. The company’s E-Power Pipe technology is a trenchless method for the economic and environmentally friendly installation of underground cables.

Hoffman Southwest Expands Nationally Via Tri-State Acquisition

Hoffman Southwest acquired Chesapeake, Virginia-based Tri-State Utilities in a transaction that creates a national presence through the combination of two major underground infrastructure firms on the East and West coasts.

Texas Pipeline Contractor Expands with Horizontal Directional Drilling

Scott Andrews of S & J Contractors has seen boom and bust years over three decades in the industry and believes having the right team of people is the best way to survive those peaks and valleys.

First Look: Utilizing Inertial Navigation Technology for 3D Mapping, Locating, Management

Over the last two decades, significant advances have been made in the quality and application of inertial navigation technology targeted at mapping underground pipe and duct assets. This article provides information on pipeline technologies that are available to map a minimum internal diameter (ID) of 1.6-inch to larger sizes. The pipeline mapping system offers a range of solutions that can map any pipe, regardless of its material, depth or type of utility.

UCT 2019: ShowStopper Awards Presented to Stand-Out Exhibits at UCT

UCT 2019: ShowStopper Awards Presented to Stand-Out Exhibits at UCT

Call or Click for Safe Digging

Calling 811 before any digging begins starts the process of identifying and marking buried utility lines in the United States and preventing the damage, service disruption, injuries, potential fines and costly repairs that result from unintentionally hitting them.

HDD DRILL PIPE SELECTION GUIDE

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New Products Provide Inadvertent Returns Solutions

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Right Turn Supply has introduced two new products to prevent and remediate inadvertent drilling fluid returns during horizontal directional drilling (HDD) operations. Drill Seal HDD is an additive composed of a blend of natural plant fibers designed to conform to the shape of pores and fractures of..

Derrick’s Pyramid Plus Screens Increase Solids Removal for HDD

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Derrick Equipment Co. has introduced a new screen for horizontal directional drilling (HDD) fluid recycling systems that produces increased solids removal efficiency and finer particle separation. The Pyramid Plus screen uses Derrick’s patented three-dimensional “pyramid” design that increases the ..

Hard Rock Completes Steel Gas Pipe Crossing Under Rio Grande

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Every long horizontal directional drilling (HDD) installation has something that sets it apart from other projects, but not many involve crossing international boundaries. An example of one that did is a recent river crossing completed by San Antonio contractor Hard Rock Directional Drilling. A 1,7..

2018 Large Directional Drilling Rig Census

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When discussing the size of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) rigs, professionals typically refer to a unit’s maximum pullback force. The most common industry standard for large HDD rigs is pullback force of at least 100,000 pounds. In addition, other specifications associated with this category..

American Augers/Trencor Launch New Website

American Augers/Trencor, a Charles Machine Works company and leading manufacturer of horizontal directional drills, auger boring machines and large-scale trenchers and surface miners, launched a newly designed website. Bringing together the two brands with the message – “Two Brands. One Commitment” ..

Ditch Witch HDD Rig Package, MetaFLO Partnership Delivers Customer-Focused Solutions

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Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, released a new JT20XP horizontal directional drill (HDD) package featuring a JT20XP drill and XP44 mixing system. The industry-first solution is the only drilling system in its class to utilize all on-board horsepower for thrust and rotation. Together, t..

Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way: A Challenge to the HDD Industry

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John English  |  Chief Technical Officer, CCI It appears that regulatory authorities in the U.S. are increasing controls over horizontal directional drilling (HDD) at local, state and federal levels. Is this unneeded government incursion or the result of ever-falling industry standards? Experience..

Modern Solutions for Freeing Stuck Pipe

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The business of horizontal drilling poses many risks, and unanticipated problems can cause completion deadlines to be missed or even prevent a job from being completed. Having a drill string or product pipe stuck in the bore hole is something all drillers hope to avoid. Even though there are steps ..

Embracing Change Leads to K3 Directional Drilling’s Success

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In the wee hours of the morning, long before the sun comes up and tourists line up to visit “The Happiest Place on Earth,” the crew of K3 Directional Drilling Inc., was working on installing new water lines to the water bridge at Walt Disney World Resort, where ferry boats float over buses. The Stu..

2018 Drilling Fluids Guide

BENTONITE Baroid Industrial Drilling Products, (281) 871-4613, baroididp.com Aquagel: Premium grade Wyoming sodium bentonite used as viscosifier and filtrate reducer in freshwater drilling fluids. Meets the requirements of API Specification 13A, Section 9. NSF/ANSI Standard 60 certified. Bore-Gel..

Rise of the Internet and Loss of the Human Touch

Robert Carpenter | Editor-in-Chief I’ve spent some frustrating times both calling companies and getting on their websites the past few years. Now, I’m getting downright infuriated – and that goes for both general markets and underground infrastructure companies. Quick, responsive customer service h..

Energy Web Atlas Launches World Pipeline Dataset

Gulf Energy Information has added the World Pipeline layer to its Energy Web Atlas (EWA), the ESRI-based GIS platform introduced earlier this year that tracks detailed data – including operators, shareholders, pipeline route and pipeline specifications – for more than 3,670 natural gas pipelines glo..

Vermeer Introduces MUD Hub Slurry Solidification System

The new Vermeer MUD Hub slurry solidification system helps control the costs, time and complexity of drilling fluid management. Using the Vermeer ST2000 slat tank and the Surface to Surface (STS) FL-243 solidification mixer, MUD Hub helps create stackable material for convenient transfer and disposa..

Challenges of Leak Detection on Produced Water, Crude Gathering Networks

Oil producers laid hundreds of miles of gathering pipelines to keep pace with the shale boom across North America from 2009 to 2017. As a result, produced water production has increased exponentially with oil and gas production. Produced water is a byproduct along with the oil and gas. Oil and gas r..

Mobile App Provides Information, Training for Contractors, Utilities

Verocomm Network has introduced a new mobile app that provides information and training content to employees in the field. The cloud-based Verocomm app is a secure, easy-to-use platform for delivering critical communications, training and safety on mobile devices, said Lawrence Martel, CEO of Aclip..

Customers Experience New Equipment, Technology at Annual Seminar

Customers worldwide traveled to the Perry, Okla., headquarters of Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, to participate in the annual Equipment Seminar in April. More than 300 dealership employees and their customers experienced an up-close look at customer-driven equipment enhancements and n..

20th Annual Directional Drilling Survey: HDD Market Growing, but Challenges Abound

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As the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry matures, the underground infrastructure’s dependence on this technology also continues to expand at an impressive rate. The industry as a whole is battling many issues from workforce problems to mud disposal, but still has been able to maneuver a..

WSSC Awards Contract to Transform Sewage into Renewable Energy

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has approved the first phase of a $250 million project that will turn poop to power by transforming sewage into renewable energy.  The $44 million contract awarded to PC Construction Company will allow WSSC to begin design and early construction of ..