Horizontal Directional Drilling: Utility and Pipeline Applications

Appendix D: A Survey of Current Horizontal Directional Drilling Practices in Canada and the United States

Overview

Report Prepared by:

Erez N. Allouche, Ph.D., P. Eng. [1.]

Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Ph.D., P. Eng. [2.]

Jason S. Lueke, E.I.T. [2.]

Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited

[1.] Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

[2.] Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

PREFACE

The following report was prepared for contractors, manufacturers, owners, consultants, and others involved in Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) projects. The information provided in the report is intended to enable HDD contractors to benchmark themselves in comparison with industry statistics. Additionally, contractors can learn from the collective experience of others when attempting to enter a new field such as environmental installations. Manufacturers can greatly benefit from the sections dealing with industry needs and typical problems encountered during directional drilling projects. As for consultants and owners, the information included in the report may prove invaluable as the statistics regarding productivity and installation costs can be used for obtaining budgetary figures and constructing preliminary schedules.

Overall, the survey opens a window into the Horizontal Directional Drilling industry, providing valuable information regarding: technology capabilities; limitations and applications; characteristics of the industry and the outfits which provide the service; and the risks and concerns that a contractor faces when performing HDD installations.

D.2 LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 1. HDD Rig in Operation

Figure 2. Launching of Pilot Bore

Figure 3. Backreaming and Product Installation

D.3 LIST OF TABLES

Table 1. Canadian Contractors Region of Operation

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