February 10-11, 2020

Scottsdale, Arizona

February 10-11, 2020

Scottsdale, Arizona

2020 Agenda

LaValley Industries will host a Welcome Reception from 8:00 – 10:00 PM at the hotel on Sunday, February 9th!

07:30 - 08:00
Registration and Classroom Introductions
08:00 - 09:15
Geotechnical Investigations and Settlement Risk Evaluation (Matt Wallin Bennett Trenchless Engineers)

Geotechnical investigation is a critical element of design for all trenchless construction methods. Matt Wallin’s presentation lays the foundation for planning and executing sound, cost-effective geotechnical investigations for a wide range of HDD projects. The strategy of using a phased approach and making maximum effective use of existing information is described, to manage costs while ensuring adequate data are provided. The presentation covers nuts and bolts of what data are needed, how to obtain the data, and how the information is used in design. Mr. Wallin discusses how to mitigate risks of differing site conditions and avoid mistakes in interpreting geotechnical data. The second part of the presentation describes one application of geotechnical information and HDD bore specifics to evaluate settlement risks during design.

Matt Wallin
Principal Partner and Senior Project Manager | Bennett Trenchless Engineers
Focus Area 1: HDD Design and Planning
09:15 - 10:15
Evaluating Hydrofracture Risks and Pipe Stresses through Advanced Design and Preparation (Mary Neher, Bennett Trenchless Engineers)

This presentation will provide the audience with an introduction to hydrofracture risk analyses and pullback load and pipe stress calculations. The title refers to these calculations as a design item, and they certainly are, but it is useful for all participants in the HDD process to have an understanding of what goes into them and, therefore, how they can be applied to lower risks of hydrofracture or pipe failure during construction.

Mary Neher
Senior Project Engineer | Bennett Trenchless Engineers
10:15 - 10:45
Refreshment Break
10:45 - 12:00
HDD Contractor Roundtable

Jim Lagios, Atlas HDD; Paul Greenwell, Laney Group; Aaron Cohen, Apollo Trenchless; Webb Winston, Williams

Aaron Cohen
Lecturer | Arizona State University
Webb Winston
Principal Engineer | Williams
Jim Lagios
President/General Manager | Atlas Trenchless, LLC
Paul Greenwell
Director of Estimating | Laney Group
12:00 - 12:30
Lunch Break
12:30 - 13:30
Fusible PVC Applications in HDD (Tom Marti, Underground Solutions)
Tom Marti
Regional Sales Manager | Underground Solutions
13:30 - 14:00
Innovation and Safety in Exit Side Operations (Jason LaValley, LaValley Industries)
Jason LaValley
CEO | LaValley Industries
14:00 - 15:00
Walkover Locating: New Technologies (Siggi Finnsson and Mark Gallucci, Digital Control, Inc.)

DCI’s presentation will detail the world’s leading technology developed to combat the two biggest problems facing walk-over HDD guidance: Active interference and Passive Interference. Identifying and efficiently dealing with drill site interferences is paramount to increase safety, accuracy and production.

A discussion on drill data acquisition will include datalogging pilot bores, pre-bore terrain and site mapping,  as well as solution for real time bore path calculations. The kind of data that is recorded and the reports available will be discussed as well as some of the new products and services that are now available to bring HDD contractors into the digital age to more accurately install and protect their client’s underground assets.

Mark Gallucci
GM US Customer Service | Digital Control Inc.
Siggi Finnsson
Product Manager | Digital Control Inc.
15:00 - 15:30
Refreshment Break
15:30 - 16:00
Protecting Existing Utilities during Urban HDD Projects (Dr. Sam Ariaratnam, Arizona State University)
Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng.
Construction Engineering Program Chair | Arizona State University
Focus Area 2: Utility Damage Prevention and Protection
16:00 - 17:00
Excavation Safety Roundtable (Ditch Witch)

Cory Maker, Ditch Witch; Memo Gonzalez, Gonzalez Construction; Ryan Haley, RBH; Jesus Aguilar, Aguilar Construction

17:00 - 19:00
Networking Reception
07:30 - 08:00
Focus Area 3: Equipment / Operations / Innovations
08:00 - 09:15
Drilling Fluid Design and Site Management (Chris Bower, BPM Halliburton; Clint Pitman, Drilling Mud Direct)

This presentation will help you understand what functions are important in HDD drilling fluids and discuss several of the common drilling fluid components and how they impact those functions.

Chris Bower
Business Development | Bentonite Performance Minerals/Halliburton
09:15 - 10:15
Understanding Fluids Recycling and Solids Control (Ben Clark, Derrick Equipment)

Description: Drilled solids can be extremely detrimental and a financial drain on HDD drilling operations if not properly managed. Solids Control Equipment is the most cost-effective way to remove drilled solids. This presentation guides attendees through an entire Mud Recycling System and the implications related to drilled solids. Emphasis is placed on maximizing solids removal at each stage of separation. Overall this presentation aims to enhance an individual’s knowledge of solids control operations and how a properly designed Mud Recycling System can have a major positive impact on a contractors bottom line.

Ben Clark
Global Manager- Civil | Derrick Equipment
10:15 - 10:45
Refreshment Break
10:45 - 11:15
Effective Drilling Fluid and Slurry Management Options (Adam Bates, Vermeer Corporation)
Adam Bates
Product Manager | Vermeer Corporation
11:15 - 11:45
Innovations in HDD Tooling and Application (Gregg Hayes, NUMA Hammers)
Gregg Hayes
NUMA Hammers
11:45 - 12:30
Lunch Break
12:30 - 13:30
New Developments Direct Pipe, E-Powerpipe and HDD/SDD Technology (Dr. Gerhard Lang, Herrenknecht)

Direct Pipe® has been developed to complement the HDD technology for challenging river crossing. The method combines the well-established Microtunneling technique with the Pipe Thruster technology and thereby makes it ideal for difficult (permeable) soil conditions which pose a certain risk for frac-outs using HDD.

Since 2007 where the first system has been used at the Rhine River Crossing in Germany, more than 125 crossings have been installed worldwide with great success with more than 50 in North America.  The newly developed Jetpump technology enables the extension of the application range to pipeline installations smaller than 30”. A recent field test of a18”ID E-Powerpipe® system in Borken and Bacharach (Germany) has shown its large potential.

Dr. Gerhard Lang, PhD
Business Development Manager | Herrenknecht
13:30 - 14:15
Steps for Estimating an HDD Project (Aaron Cohen, Arizona State University)
Aaron Cohen
Lecturer | Arizona State University
14:15 - 14:45
Using Bore Planning Technology to Complete Challenging Project Under Florida Turnpike (Kipp Ulferts, Vermeer Corporation; TJ Mills, K3 Directional Drilling)
Kipp Ulferts
Vermeer Corporation
14:45 - 15:15
Refreshment Break
Focus Area 4: Stakeholder Breakout and Discussions
15:15 - 15:45
Group Breakout Sessions (Topics: Workforce Development, Technology Innovations, Misconceptions, and Market Trends)
15:45 - 16:15
Group Discussion
16:15 - 16:30
Course Wrap-up and Distribution of Attendee Certificates
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