8:30-8:55 a.m.
Reamers: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Danny Crumpton, New Business Development/Technical Sales, INROCK
Reamers are not created equal. There’s Milled Tooth, TCI and now PDC. What do you choose? How do you choose? Who has the answers? The first question a supplier should be asking you is about the size of the rig and how much it can pump. The next question should be do you have geotechnical information? Ground conditions determine the type of reamer; your pump and rig determine the size of the reamer and the amount of cut for each pass.

crumptonDanny Crumpton, petroleum engineer, is the New Business Development manager and Technical Sales manager for INROCK. With INROCK since 1998, he started out as a guidance engineer, then was the guidance manager for North and South America for over 10 years. He has been involved in developing new products for the HDD industry since 1993.

9:00-9:25 a.m.
Water Line + Wetlands = HDD Installation of 30” Pipe
Christine Kirby, P.E., Standards Engineer, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam Inc.
The West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA) Contract 34 is part of the water transmission system being developed to prepare the far western Houston area for mandated conversion from groundwater to surface water. Contract 34 includes approximately 4 miles of 24” and 30” potable water lines, primarily by standard open cut installation. However, a half-mile stretch of the project alignment crosses a protected wetlands area at Cypress Creek. For this section, a 2,160 LF HDD was planned. This presentation covers the challenges, both on the surface and subsurface, and pipe material options for this HDD, believed to be one of the longest, large-diameter pressure pipe applications in the state.

kirbyChristine Kirby, P.E., is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has been employed as an engineer at Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam since 2000. She is licensed in 7 states and specializes in water lines ranging from 8-inch to 108-inch diameter.

9:30-9:55 a.m.
2,400-foot HDD Pipe Extraction Project
Michael Purpura, Director of Business Development, Midwestern Contractors
Speed to market can be an important consideration for a customer when construction or modification takes place on in-service piping. Minimizing downtime means that product is moving and orders are being filled. On one such project the operator had no choice but to replace 2,400′ of aging pipe, drilled in, and in service, for many years. The right of way was packed with piping. Abandoning in place was not an option. The decision was made to extract the existing pipe and pull in a new string behind it. This project contained a high degree of risk and required technical expertise from TT Technologies and Laney Directional Drilling. The team was able to plan and execute with no issues on either the extraction or the safety requirements implicit in such an operation. The entire project took four weeks. Downtime was minimized and critical infrastructure was replaced.

10:00-10:25 a.m.
Cross Bore Prevention Best Practices
Jamie Williams, Camera Group Purchasing Manager, Southeast Connections LLC
Matt Lumbers, Product Manager, Subsite Electronics
This session will discuss case studies on cross bore prevention and the universal issues with electromagnet fields. It will also address the modern technologies for preventing cross bores.

10:30-11:55 a.m.
Life Blood of HDD: DCA HDD Panel
Jon Heinen, Commercial Business Manager-Pipeline Segment, Vermeer Corporation
Rob DeRue, Vice President-Operations, D.R.S. Enterprises Inc.
Dan Carson, President, Carson Corporation
Dan Sharpe, President, Thunder Products
Drilling mud has been described as the true life blood of any HDD job site. This panel discussion will cover all aspects of HDD mud management programs including the latest technology trends hitting the field, mechanical and non-mechanical management methods, common specifications and regulatory influences.

carsonDan Carson is the president of Carson Corporation, which he formed in 1987 to serve the growing construction industry in northern NJ, and has evolved into servicing both private and public sectors nationally. He has 30 years of experience in the construction industry as a specialty contractor performing both HDD and civil construction. He received a B.A. in Business Economics from the College of Wooster.


sharpeDan Sharpe began working in HDD in the late 1990s, and since then has worked in 50 countries conducting business in all areas of HDD.  Currently president of Thunder Products, his primary focus is in mud cleaning and disposal. He earned a B.A. from Central Oklahoma and an M.A. from the University of Central Oklahoma.


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