The Trenchless Toolbox – Is yours fully stocked?
26 September 2023

Sponsored by: Hammerhead Trenchless

Every jobsite is different and the more prepared you are – with the essential tools in your trenchless toolbox – the more likely you will complete the job on time and on budget.

Join HammerHead Trenchless to discuss the necessary items for each job and how the importance of a trenchless system - including the equipment, consumables, and training – will help make your jobsite the most efficient. The session will discuss trenchless systems for lateral and mainline CIPP, point repair, and pipe bursting.

At the end, the HammerHead team will moderate a question-and-answer session where you can share your in-field experiences and our team can share ideal trenchless solutions for your consideration.


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The Unsung Heroes of Underground Construction
21 September 2023

Sponsored by: Ditch Witch

When putting pipe and cable in the ground, a horizontal directional drill, trencher and plow often come to mind. However, they may not always be your best solution. For this presentation, Ditch Witch product managers, Britton Yunker and Brant Kukuk will discuss some alternative ways to finish your installation jobs.

Sometimes the more common methods are your best bet, but a lack of space or unique ground conditions may be more conducive for a mole. Need to cross a sidewalk but can’t go under or tear up the concrete? A microtrencher might be the solution you’re looking for.

For any challenging jobsite task, there is a solution. Join us and find an option that works best for you.

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The Benefits of Clean Drilling Fluid
10 August 2023

Sponsored by: American Augers

Horizontal directional drill (HDD) operators know that having the right equipment is a key element to jobsite success. One integral piece of equipment that can help streamline operations and boost HDD uptime is fluid cleaning systems. Fluid cleaning systems are designed to assist HDD crews with their drilling fluid by removing solids from the drilling fluid as quickly and efficiently as possible. This can help reduce wear and tear on tooling, pumps and other components, resulting in a cleaner, safer and more efficient operation.  

From minimizing inadvertent returns to helping contractors reduce environmental impacts and minimize haul-off costs, fluid cleaning systems are a fundamental piece of equipment in any drilling operation. We’ll dig into the science behind the benefits of clean drilling fluid.

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Know What’s Below with Digital Solutions and Mapping
29 June 2023

Sponsored by: Ditch Witch

There are already lots of good reasons for why you should digitally document underground construction jobs from pre-drill planning to post-drill reporting. It can help you better understand congested easements to avoid costly and dangerous cross bores. It can also reveal how well—or poorly—operators are using equipment. It can even improve how you bid for jobs by making sure bids reflect each job’s unique risks and challenges.  

And now, you can add one more reason to the list of why you should document jobs—it will soon be required. 

Cory Maker and Steve Sellenriek will walk attendees through what is required of them, how their equipment can help and explain how contractors can implement best practices into their everyday businesses.

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When Hydro Excavation is not the Best Option – The Do's and Don’ts.
27 April 2023

Sponsored by: Vac-Con

Hydro excavation is a great tool for daylighting and safe digging but it’s not always the right decision. Circumstances, surroundings, and a number of other factors can all come in to play.

So, what’s the solution? Join experts from Vac-Con as they discuss the benefits of hydro-excavation and the right time and place to do it.

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Is Your HDD Tooling Costing You Time and Money?
29 March 2023

Sponsored by: Ditch Witch 

You can rub a couple sticks together to start a fire, but it’s much more effective to use a lighter. Antiquated equipment can still get the job done (some of the time), but technological advances and innovations in the HDD industry are allowing contractors to work more efficiently and make more money.

This presentation will give a brief history of HDD pipe and tooling, but more importantly, highlight how far these components have come over the years. The days of digging huge exit pits and spending hours swapping out tooling for pullback are riding off into the sunset. We’ll discuss the equipment upgrades and enhanced best practices for pipe and downhole tooling in a modern HDD world.

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Restoring and Protecting Large Diameter Culvert Pipe
31 January 2023

Sponsor: Madewell Products

Fairfax City in Virginia had a problem and turned to engineers from H&H, a national leader in infrastructure engineering, for answers.  A thorough Condition Assessment revealed twin, 9.5-foot corrugated metal pipes were aging, showing corrosion at the baseline, structural cracking of the culvert headwalls and wingwalls, and undesirable graffiti on the bridge walls.  The city’s objective is clear:  long-term, low maintenance so proactive qualities versus reactive kicked-in. 

To meet the spec, the project team at Triangle Contracting shotcrete a varying thickness (2” – 5”) liner of restoration mortar (ML-72HP) to restore and protect these large diameter culvert pipes.  The project came in under budget and finished ahead of schedule.  Learn how to replicate fast and flawless restoration of CMP and RCP pipes cost-effectively, with a true trenchless technology from Madewell Products and a nationwide network of Certified Applicators.   

Major Educational Takeaways

•    Consequences of doing nothing. 
•    Alternative Lining Methods are good but do not compare.
•    Spin Casting and Shotcrete—When and Why
•    Equipment matters—Execution is Everything


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Bluelight vs. UV – The bright future of CIPP
29 November 2022

Sponsored by: Hammerhead Trenchless

CIPP is the preferred trenchless method, with little to no digging required, to repair both short and long runs of pipes. CIPP evolved with the introduction of light curing, approximately 30 years ago and with blue light entering the European market about 11 years ago. This technique requires a resin saturated material to be inserted into the pipe and the cured using light instead of heat or steam. There are two main methods of light cure, UV and Bluelight LED, both rely on light penetration and exposure time for curing. The curing process is a time sensitive process that requires an exact speed to ensure proper cure. Light cured lateral CIPP lining is one of the most popular trends in trenchless rehabilitation technologies at this time.

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