9 – 9:25 a.m.

Gain Job-Site Efficiency by Improving Value of HDD Pipe

Speaker: Jeff Davis, Product Manager-HDD Tooling & Drill Pipe, Ditch Witch


When working on tight-turnaround projects, efficiently deploying utilities underground can be a challenge. For example, operators may focus on the speed of deployment to meet a deadline, which can end up damaging HDD pipe and decreasing its longevity. The proper use and consistent care of drill pipe, however, can lead to confidently and efficiently completing a job on time and on budget. This presentation will discuss common challenges, from how to treat pipe on the job, to recommended bend radius, maintaining correct torque, proper use of drilling fluid and other effective care techniques.


9:30 – 9:55 a.m.

Latest HDD Crossings in North America

Speaker: James Pfeiffer, Area Sales Manager NA-Pipeline, Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA Inc.


This session will present recent HDD case studies in North America, including an in-depth look at using the new HK250C on the Diamond Pipeline project in Appleton, AR. This new rig worked in the extremely tight, confined area that required a steep entry angle. Furthermore, the presentation will focus on some of the new safety features designed into this rig to not only protect workers, but help keep them from making mistakes and damaging the rig and downhole drill string. Another topic is the ability to remotely monitor the rig and report actual job-site performance.


10 – 10:25 a.m.

How Safe are Your Procedures for Making, Breaking Connections?

Speaker: Danny Crumpton, P.E., New Business Development/Technical Sales, Inrock


Despite emphasis on job-site safety, most contractors do not focus on one of the most dangerous HDD tasks: making and breaking connections. Drilling tool manufacturers require specific torque values for connections on reamers, hole openers, centralizers, mud motors, subs, drill pipe and drill collars. If the correct value isn’t used, the product can be damaged, galled, over torqued downhole or fail. When using a pipe wrench and a track or back hoe, it’s not possible to reliably and consistently ensure the proper forces. Fortunately, an alternative to the pipe wrench, Safety Tongs, was specifically designed for safety.


10:30 – 11:55 a.m.

DCA HDD Panel: Hot Tech & Trends for HDD

Presented by the HDD Committee of the Distribution Contractors Association


Moderator: Jon Heinen, Managing Partner, Right Turn Supply

Panelists: Dan Carson, President, Carson Corporation

James Pfeiffer, Area Sales Manager NA-Pipeline, Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA Inc.

John Lamerton, Global Sales Manager, Subsite Electronics

Rob Hotz, Division Manager, Laney Directional Drilling Co.


With the ever-changing nature of HDD for rigs of all sizes, the followng topics and trends are of the utmost importance and significance to all involved:

  • Cross bore issues
  • Modern tracking/locating
  • Automated boring

The DCA HDD Committee has put together a panel of experts to address each one of these subjects in a candid and audience-interactive environment.




8:30 – 8:55 a.m.

PDC Cutters and Tooling in HDD Applications

Speakers: Bruce Beatty, Product Manager HDD & Shaft, Atlas Copco Mining & Construction USA

Jason Palmer, Applications Engineer, Atlas Copco Secoroc LLC


Polycrystalline Diamond Compact (PDC) is a manmade diamond drilling tool used to shear rock through a continuous scraping motion. PDC tools offer superior durability when compared to tungsten carbide and steel tools, increased rates of penetration due to rock failure mechanism (shearing), and superior reliability versus cutting tools that include moving parts like bearings or cones. Due to these benefits, PDC tools have found wide use in dee-hole drilling applications like oil and gas, geothermal deepwater well and HDD.


9 – 9:25 a.m.

Selecting the Right Reamer

Speaker: Danny Crumpton, P.E., New Business Development/Technical Sales, Inrock


This session will focus on the advantages of selecting the right reamer for your project. Discussion will help you choose specific tooling by understanding reamers in certain areas or formations. Examples from a single project will show how using HDX products saves the owner money in the long run.


9:30 – 9:55 a.m.

University Research Cleans Up HDD Fluid Costs

Speakers: Seth Matthesen, Senior Product Manager-HDD, Ditch Witch

Kelvin Self, Ph.D., Research & Development Project Manager, Ditch Witch


Growing environmental concerns require that used drilling fluid be disposed of at disposal sites, taking up additional time and increasing expenses. Costs quickly add up if enough water is not available onsite. Recycling drilling fluid, however, helps contractors conserve water and reduce disposal costs. A standard practice on larger-diameter projects, recycling is becoming more common in urban environments. This presentation will cover HDD recycling systems and the latest research on fluid disposal, providing a way for contractors to safely apply used HDD fluid. Recycling fluid and disposing onsite helps conserve limited resources and improve ROI on HDD projects.


10 – 10:25 a.m.

Installing Sewer System Under a Building, Settling Soils, Piles

Speaker: Tom Rice, Project Manager/Estimator, Aaron Enterprises Inc.


A developer wanted to install a sanitary sewer system beneath the concrete floor of a large, vacant waterfront warehouse in Baltimore, MD. The goal was to convert the building into a research laboratory, requiring extensive subfloor gravity drain pipes that eventually led across the parking lot to the municipal sewer system. The waterfront structure was built on piles, with a grade beam around the perimeter. Even worse, the ground below the floor was settling and unable to provide support. Applying horizontal boring and tunneling methods, Aaron Enterprises successfully install a 6’ diameter cast iron collector sewer system under the building.





8:30 – 9:55 a.m.

HDD Contractors Roundtable

Moderators: Ron Halderman, P.E., Director of Special Projects, Mears Group

Robert Carpenter, Editor-In-Chief, Underground Construction

Panelists: Bill Colson, HDD General Manager, Pretec Directional Drilling LLC

Rob Tumbleson, Director of Business Development, Ellingson Trenchless LLC

J.J. Olson, Owner, HCD Inc.

Robert Meadows, President, Global Underground Corp.


HDD contractors of varying sizes will convene in a roundtable format to candidly discuss issues of concern, growth potential, relationships with owners, equipment and services, and the overall state of the HDD industry. Time will also be allotted for questions and input from the audience. It’s a tremendous opportunity to gain valuable insight into the HDD market place.


10 – 10:25 a.m.

Strategies for Combating Rock

Speakers: Tod Michael, Product Manager-Trenchless Products, Vermeer Corporation

Curt Dubbins, Product Support Specialist, Mincon Inc.


This presentation will supply guidelines for selecting the best-available technology and tools for the rock conditions a utility installation contractor, project planner or civil engineer may face. Discussion will include various rock conditions and a range of HDD solutions, based on rock-cutting science, company testing and customer testimonials. The different levels of rock are: soft (8,000 psi CPS and below), mid harness (8,000 – 18,000 psi CPS) and hard (18,000 psi CPS and up). Reasons to select drag cutting, roller cone, PDC bits or air hammers for each condition, and the accompanying drill, will also be covered.


10:30 – 10:55 a.m.

Innovative HDD Training Prepares Next-Generation Drill Operators

Speaker: Greg Wolfe, Director of Training & Product Support, Ditch Witch


Contractors have to shape a new pool of skilled operators from those who currently lack industry expertise. Although popular for decades, training schools cannot serve every new operator, and are expensive and time consuming. On-the-job training impacts productivity and other potential hazards. Today’s HDD training technology must be quick, cost-effective and suitable to engage a tech-savvy generation. The solution is the virtual reality (VR) simulator. This presentation provides an overview of the new technology, which provides accelerated training in a safe, risk-free environment, enabling operators to confidently use a drill before ever stepping foot on the job site.


11 – 11:25 a.m.

Strategies for Effective Fluid and Waste Management

Speaker: Adam Bates, Product Manager, Vermeer Corporation


Water used for drilling fluids and hydro-excavation is key for effective utility installation, but proper disposal can add significant operational costs and logistical challenges for contractors. The right equipment and a good plan are key. This presentation will discuss what to consider when planning the next job’s disposal. It will highlight one industry solution that helps contractors control the cost, time and complexity of drilling fluid and hydro-excavation waste management, and illustrates why it’s a good option for a variety of utility installation situations.


11:30 – 11:55 a.m.

Managing IR Risk: A New Model is Required

Speaker: Danny Crumpton, P.E., New Business Development/Technical Sales, Inrock


Construction projects are inherently risky. Managing them is all about identifying, mitigating, pricing and transferring risk. University of Alberta research on risk analysis for HDD projects revealed that regardless of the source or responsibility, the ultimate cost of delays resides with project owners. Failure to meet in-service dates for shippers can incur liquidated damages, and missing in-service dates has an impact on corporate budgets and forecasts. While “incidental” or “consequential,” and not typically easy to transfer, these costs can dwarf any HDD project. Having better information allows project owners or engineering firms to better manage and monitor the risk.