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Horizontal Directional Drilling

Jan 05, 2018

Horizontal Directional Drilling

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is a trenchless method of installing pipelines and conduits in the areas where traditional open cut excavations are not feasible and/or not desired for environmental and/or constructibility reasons. It is commonly used for the installation of pipelines beneath rivers, highways, railroads and other environmentally sensitive areas, or areas where the topography or site conditions along a proposed alignment conflicts with conventional cut and cover installation practices. During the HDD process, a pilot hole is first drilled along a predetermined path. The pilot hole is then enlarged in single or multiple steps (reaming passes) to accommodate the pullback of the carrier pipe into the enlarged hole.

We are presently operating HDD rigs capable of completing projects both large and small with pipe sizes up to 60 inches in diameter and HDD lengths over 15,000 ft.

Large Rigs: large rigs with pullback of 180K to 1.7M. 4 to 60-in. in diameter up to 15,000 ft. Soft soil to hard rock with ten to twelve people per crew.

Small Rigs: small rigs with pullback 100K or less. Vermeer D100x140 with small utility and midstream focus. Soft soil to hard rock with four to six people per crew. Our Vermeer rigs are also used for completion of road boring.