Pipeline HDD

Trans Mountain faces new delays, technical challenges in Mountain 3 HDD pipeline pullback

Trans Mountain faces new delays in the completion of its oil export pipeline expansion, specifically during the pipeline pullback for the Mountain 3 Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) from January 25 to 27, 2024.

HDD ’24 Reunion will unite past, present and future

(UI) — The biannual Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Reunion and HDD Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at the Oklahoma City Convention Center in conjunction with the Underground Infrastructure Conference (UIC). Also at the conference will be the formal recognition of the HDD Hall of Fame Class of 2024.

Let your fluid cleaning system be the hero

(UI) — The role of drilling fluid on an HDD jobsite is a big one. It acts as a conveyor for removing solids from the bore hole, lubricates downhole tooling, cools electronics and stabilizes the hole. Keeping it clean and usable is an important job, and an essential one for contractors to stay profitable.

Beyond drilling: Total Boring's commitment to excellence

While Total Boring boasts a diverse fleet of drilling machines and tooling from reputable manufacturers, they rely on a single vendor for their drilling fluid needs: Wyo-Ben.

UTSA researches how horizontal directional drilling is evolving in utility construction industry

The study is intended to evaluate the factors, including barriers and drivers, influencing the successful implementation of HDD and autonomous directional drilling for underground utility installations.

How digitally mapping, documenting HDD jobs can aid compliance, profitability

Collecting bore and equipment data may seem like added work. If you install fiber, you may worry that it will eat into tight profit margins that are common in the industry. But the truth is, you likely already have much of what you need to record the data.

Jacobs completes underground infrastructure engineering for first full-scale wave energy testing facility in U.S.

The project includes four offshore steel conduits up to 120 feet below the seafloor and extending a mile offshore, connecting to a bundle of five onshore high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduits, all installed using horizontal directional drilling (HDD) methods and ultimately connecting to PacWave’s Utility Connection and Monitoring Facility.

‌HDD Association to hold free mud training school

(UI) — The recently formed Horizontal Directional Drilling Association (HDDA) will hold its first industry training session on May 18 at the Doubletree Hotel adjacent to Love Field in Dallas.

Fiber Broadband Association digs into microtrenching’s ability to close the digital equity gap

(UI) — The new Fiber Broadband Association white paper explores multiple fiber deployment styles, including microtrenching, horizontal directional drilling, plowing, conventional trenching, and missile boring.

HDD Association hosts complimentary mud training school

(UI) — The business meeting will begin at 9 a.m., on May 18, with an introduction as to the purpose and direction of the association. All utility and pipeline professionals with core or related HDD business are encouraged to attend. The program will be complimentary to HDD personnel.

Rewiring Florida’s Intracoastal Movable Bridges Via HDD

(UI) — The Florida Department of Transportation operates and maintains 51 movable bridges throughout the state’s eastern and western intracoastal areas. And in many popular tourist destinations, city municipalities operate many more. These moveable bridges are critical for boat traffic and over-the-road vehicles.

Intersect Bore Through Marshland Succeeds in Frigid Temps

Last winter, in bitterly cold temperatures and snowy conditions, Ellingson Contracting Inc. (ECI) completed a difficult, 4,075-foot-long horizontal directional drill (HDD) intersect crossing of a swampy area in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, to install 30-inch diameter steel pipe.

Vermeer Introduces New Reclaimer for Large-Diameter Pipe HDD Projects

Vermeer has launched a new reclaimer designed for HDD projects with large-diameter pipes.

Study Predicts $52 Billion in Water Utility Trenchless Technology Investments over Next Decade

A new study by Bluefield Research expects the economic recession combined with aging water infrastructure across the country will spur over $50 billion in trenchless technology investments.

Vermeer Debuts New Horizontal Directional Drill

Vermeer has introduced a new product in its Navigator series of horizontal directional drills.

FERC Issues Final HDD Monitoring, IR Response Guidance

FERC's Office of Energy Projects has released its final Guidance for Horizontal Directional Drill Monitoring, Inadvertent Return Response, and Contingency Plans. The 15-page reference is available for download.

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.

Ellingson Acquires Directed Technologies Drilling

Ellingson, a nationwide specialty trenchless construction contractor focused on providing end-to-end solutions in water and underground infrastructure management, announces the acquisition of Directed Technologies Drilling (DTD), a pioneer in the use of HDD methods to mitigate soil and groundwater contamination and develop clean water supplies.

Hidden Beneath the Bed

Undocumented Obstacles Below Railroad Tracks Complicate Ramming Job

$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.

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.

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

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

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