Horizontal Directional Drilling

This trenchless method of installing pipe and other utilities underground uses a surface launched drilling rig. It causes little impact on the surrounding area and is used in situations when trenching or excavating is impossible or impractical.



Drill cuttings and CRI technology Drill cuttings and CRI technology Drill cuttings and CRI technology Drill cuttings and CRI technology


Environmental liabilities and risk of contamination associated with the disposal of drill cuttings have given many contractors sleepless...

Pipe Dope: Importance of Thread Compound in HDD Drill Rods Pipe Dope: Importance of Thread Compound in HDD Drill Rods Pipe Dope: Importance of Thread Compound in HDD Drill Rods Pipe Dope: Importance of Thread Compound in HDD Drill Rods


Learn why equipment failure occurring in HDD takes place due to the insufficient or improper use of pipe dope.

QUIZ: Think You Know HDD? Prove It! QUIZ: Think You Know HDD? Prove It! QUIZ: Think You Know HDD? Prove It! QUIZ: Think You Know HDD? Prove It!


HDD is a minimal impact trenchless installation and construction method used to install several types of underground structures and...

What is Horizontal Directional Drilling? What is Horizontal Directional Drilling? What is Horizontal Directional Drilling? What is Horizontal Directional Drilling?


Trenchless construction methods like HDD have become popular due to the low impact it imposes on buildings and commuters, installing, as...

Excavation Safety First: Top 5 Digging Disasters Excavation Safety First: Top 5 Digging Disasters Excavation Safety First: Top 5 Digging Disasters Excavation Safety First: Top 5 Digging Disasters


We've put a spotlight on some of the most catastrophic digging disasters to occur in the last two decades to highlight the need for proper...

Understanding the Importance of Solids Control Understanding the Importance of Solids Control Understanding the Importance of Solids Control Understanding the Importance of Solids Control


Drilling waste needs to be managed, and waste management methodology and guidelines vary with every project. Recycling the drilling mud has...

Horizontal Directional Drilling Methods: Gyro Vs. Magnetic Wireline Steering Horizontal Directional Drilling Methods: Gyro Vs. Magnetic Wireline Steering Horizontal Directional Drilling Methods: Gyro Vs. Magnetic Wireline Steering Horizontal Directional Drilling Methods: Gyro Vs. Magnetic Wireline Steering


Gyro and magnetic wireline steering are ways for operators to control the horizontal directional drilling project. Both have their benefits...

A Quick Guide to Underground HDD Steering and Tools A Quick Guide to Underground HDD Steering and Tools A Quick Guide to Underground HDD Steering and Tools A Quick Guide to Underground HDD Steering and Tools


Both gyro and magnetic systems offer benefits for HDD operators, but the tracking ability of magnetic sensors makes them the most accurate...

The Role of Hydrogeology in Trenchless Construction The Role of Hydrogeology in Trenchless Construction The Role of Hydrogeology in Trenchless Construction The Role of Hydrogeology in Trenchless Construction


Knowing the characteristics of groundwater near the drill site and understand how it can affect drilling operations is essential. Therefore...

Down-the-Hole Drilling Method Explained Down-the-Hole Drilling Method Explained Down-the-Hole Drilling Method Explained Down-the-Hole Drilling Method Explained


Discover how down-the-hole (DTH) drilling has made life easier for contractors to drill wells faster and more efficiently.

The Directional Core Drilling Method: It's Importance to Geotechnical Investigations The Directional Core Drilling Method: It's Importance to Geotechnical Investigations The Directional Core Drilling Method: It's Importance to Geotechnical Investigations The Directional Core Drilling Method: It's Importance to Geotechnical Investigations


Learn how directional core drilling helps geotechnical engineers effectively undertake trenchless projects with a good understanding of the...

Trenchless Frac-out: How Do You Prevent It? Trenchless Frac-out: How Do You Prevent It? Trenchless Frac-out: How Do You Prevent It? Trenchless Frac-out: How Do You Prevent It?


Although frac-out’s happen quite commonly during an HDD project, these 7 tips can help you prevent it from occurring right from the...

Understanding the Importance of Wellbore Stability Understanding the Importance of Wellbore Stability Understanding the Importance of Wellbore Stability Understanding the Importance of Wellbore Stability


A stable wellbore is essential to the oil and gas industry. To adequately calculate the wellbore stability, planners must take into account...

Gel Strength: Understanding Its Importance When Assessing Drilling Fluids Gel Strength: Understanding Its Importance When Assessing Drilling Fluids Gel Strength: Understanding Its Importance When Assessing Drilling Fluids Gel Strength: Understanding Its Importance When Assessing Drilling Fluids


Learn why the right gel strength balance must be struck for the specific soil conditions in order to prevent costly repairs and downtime...

Horizontal Auger Boring: The Advantages of Knowing When to Use It Horizontal Auger Boring: The Advantages of Knowing When to Use It Horizontal Auger Boring: The Advantages of Knowing When to Use It Horizontal Auger Boring: The Advantages of Knowing When to Use It


Horizontal auger boring uses a combination of jacking to push pipe casings into the soil and an auger to remove the spoil from the inside...

Pipe Ramming: 5 Methods Used in Horizontal Directional Drilling Pipe Ramming: 5 Methods Used in Horizontal Directional Drilling Pipe Ramming: 5 Methods Used in Horizontal Directional Drilling Pipe Ramming: 5 Methods Used in Horizontal Directional Drilling


Pipe ramming techniques for use during horizontal directional drilling include pullback assist and bore salvage, ending the need for...

NASTT Executive Director Michael Willmets On the Success of NASTT's Annual No-Dig Show NASTT Executive Director Michael Willmets On the Success of NASTT's Annual No-Dig Show NASTT Executive Director Michael Willmets On the Success of NASTT's Annual No-Dig Show NASTT Executive Director Michael Willmets On the Success of NASTT's Annual No-Dig Show


The annual NASTT No-Dig Show is highly regarded as one of the best events for trenchless technology, and trenchless professionals look...

An In-Depth Look at the Role of Drilling Fluid Systems in Trenchless Construction An In-Depth Look at the Role of Drilling Fluid Systems in Trenchless Construction An In-Depth Look at the Role of Drilling Fluid Systems in Trenchless Construction An In-Depth Look at the Role of Drilling Fluid Systems in Trenchless Construction


Drilling fluid selection and management should start even before bidding on a job, as the quality of drilling mud can be the difference...

Understanding Drilling Fluids Solids Control with Horizontal Directional Drilling Rigs Understanding Drilling Fluids Solids Control with Horizontal Directional Drilling Rigs Understanding Drilling Fluids Solids Control with Horizontal Directional Drilling Rigs Understanding Drilling Fluids Solids Control with Horizontal Directional Drilling Rigs


Horizontal directional drilling fluid poses environmental problems if not disposed of properly. However, through the use of solids control...