9:00-9:25 a.m.
Planning To Recycling: Avoiding Pitfalls in Hard Rock Environments
Seth Matthesen, Senior Product Manager-HDD; and Jeff Davis, Product Manager-HDD Tooling & Drill Pipe; Ditch Witch
Diverse terrain, hard rock, soil and sediments can pose challenges for operators who work underground. The aging utility infrastructure and increased underground fiber demands have operators facing more hard rock and diverse terrain than ever before. However, with detailed planning, accurate tooling and enhanced recycling techniques, operators can confidently complete a job done on time and on budget, all while reducing the economic footprint near the job site. This presentation will discuss the pitfalls to avoid when drilling in hard rock, from the importance of initial testing, to the selection of the proper equipment and tooling for each layer of various rock applications. Additionally, it will cover the importance of mud recycling, using the appropriate methods to increase job-site productivity and mitigate environmental issues. Case studies incorporated into the presentation include Google projects in Austin and Nashville, and offshore landing projects.

matthesenSeth Matthesen has worked in the HDD industry for 25 years, beginning as an HDD contractor. He has been with Ditch Witch for the past 20 years, holding positions such as business manager, dealer sales representative, and global account sales manager. Currently as the HDD senior product manager, he works to identify needs and provide solutions for customers in the underground construction business.

jeffdavisJeff Davis has nearly 20 years of experience within Ditch Witch, serving in roles from sales, to trenchless training instructor and product specialist. Currently the product manager for HDD tooling and drill pipe, he oversees product development to meet customer needs and provide underground construction solutions globally.

9:30-10:25 a.m.
Maximize Productivity with Your Utility Installation
Cory Mass, Applications Engineer, Vermeer Corporation
Learn how key aspects of the utility installation process can be streamlined and simplified by providers within the industry, and specifically in HDD, to help both experts and relative novices plan their next job accurately and easily. In this session we will demonstrate how a contractor was able to apply new technologies and the benefits resulting from the use of productivity tools.

massCory Mass, applications engineer, has worked at Vermeer Corporation with a focus in utility installation products for nearly 10 years. His career has consisted of leading engineering teams in the design and update of several products, as well as working with Vermeer productivity tools. 


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