May 2015, Vol. 70, No.5


TTC Plans Auger Boring/Pipe Jacking School

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Plans are under way for a Trenchless Technology Center Auger Boring & Pipe Jacking School to be held in October at the National Trenchless Technology Research Facility at Louisiana Tech University.

The school is being sponsored by American Augers, Akkerman, and Baroid Industrial Drilling and organized by Louisiana Tech’s Trenchless Technology Center (TTC).

“We’re developing the school to provide students with the knowledge and background needed to understand the important components of auger boring and pipe jacking operations that are required to produce successful projects,” said Tom Iseley, Ph.D., P.E., TTC director and professor of civil engineering at Louisiana Tech.

The first school is scheduled Oct. 12-16 at the TTC research facility in Ruston, LA. Sessions include both classroom instruction and hands-on field experience in every aspect of auger boring and pipe jacking.

Day 1 – Project Planning
Day 2 – Soils and Drilling Fluids
Day 3 – The Construction Process
Day 4 – Large Diameter Boing Attachment (LDBA)
Day 5 – Completing the Project

A banquet and graduation ceremony will be held the evening of the final day.

Members of the committee developing the school program including: Leo Barbera, Horizontal Holes; Vic Weston, Tri-State Road Boring; Dan Liotti, Midwest Mole; Frank Canon, Baroid Industrial Drilling Products; Mike Varone and Dan Heath, American Augers, Inc.; Maynard Akkerman, Akkerman; Rick Barbera, Tri-State Trenchless; and Robert Carpenter, Underground Construction magazine.

Iseley said the course is designed for contractors, project superintendents and foremen, crew members and estimators, public officials, engineers, educators, highway department personnel, public utility personnel and representatives of regulatory agencies.

“Anyone who is involved with the auger boring and pipe jacking industries will profit greatly by attending this course,” said Iseley.

The Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University is a cooperative research center for academia, government and industry. TTC’s mission is to advance trenchless technology by serving as an independent source of knowledge, research and education in the field of trenchless construction.

Trenchless Technology Center, (800) 626-8659,

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