February 10-11, 2020

Scottsdale, Arizona

February 10-11, 2020

Scottsdale, Arizona

2019 Agenda

2020 agenda coming soon!

07:30 - 08:00
Registration and Classroom Introductions
08:00 - 09:15
Engineer’s Perspective: Project Design Process and Geotechnical Site Investigation (Click for description and presenters)
David Bennett, PhD, P.E.
Principal | Bennett Trenchless Engineers
Focus Area 1: HDD Design and Planning
09:15 - 10:15
Advanced Design/Preparation: Calculations for Evaluating Hydrofracture Risks and Pipe Stresses (Click for description and presenters)

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
10:30 - 12:00
Contractor Roundtable Discussion (Click for description and presenters)

Jim Lagios, Atlas HDD; Jimmy Maingot, JM Drilling Services; Aaron Cohen, Apollo Trenchless

12:00 - 12:30
Lunch Break
12:30 - 13:00
Next Generation Training to Prepare Today’s Workforce (Click for description and presenters)

Training is a growing focus for HDD contractors, especially as underground networks are increasingly more congested and safety is a top priority. With workforce shortages, these contractors are relying on novice operators to fill workforce gaps. Training programs and technology are evolving to help better prepare operators before they jump behind a drill cab – such as the Ditch Witch HDD Virtual Reality Training Simulator. This session will talk through training programs focused on promoting a new workforce and retaining the current workforce using new methods, including new digital technologies to help engage and train today’s tech-savvy operators.

Bruce Koch
Product Sales Specialist | Ditch Witch
13:00 - 14:00
HDD Basics and Case Study with Fusible PVC (Click for description and presenters)
Tom Marti
Regional Sales Manager | Underground Solutions
14:00 - 15:00
Walkover Locating: Combatting Interference and Datalogging (Click for description and presenters)

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.
Drill data acquisition (Data logging) and distribution will also be a focus. The kind of data that is recorded and the reports available will be discussed as well as some of the 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
Focus Area 2: Utility Damage Prevention and Protection
15:30 - 16:00
Damage Prevention Measures for Urban HDD Projects (Click for description and presenters)
Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng.
Construction Engineering Program Chair | Arizona State University
16:00 - 16:30
Innovative Obstacle Detection Technology (Click for description and presenters)

Melissa Agnew | IDS North America

16:30 - 17:00
Innovation and Safety in Exit Side Operations Utilizing New Tonghand Technology (Click for description and presenters)

Jason will present this year on the three time award winning TONGHAND and is excited to announce the two new products that will roll out beginning of 2019, the DHXS and the THXS!

Jason LaValley
CEO | LaValley Industries
17:00 - 19:00
Networking Reception
07:30 - 08:00
08:00 - 08:30
Drilling Fluid Design (Click for description and presenters)

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
Focus Area 3: Equipment / Operations / Innovations
08:30 - 09:30
Fundamentals of Fluids Recycling and Solids Control (Click for description and presenters)

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
09:30 - 10:00
The Growing use of Vacuum Excavators on Today’s Diverse HDD Jobsites (Click for description and presenters)

(James Russell, Ditch Witch)

James Russell
Product Sales Specialist | Ditch Witch
10:00 - 10:15
Refreshment Break
10:15 - 11:15
Incorporating Mud Cleaning into Your HDD System (Click for description and presenters)

Rising regulations and increasing environmental pressures are creating negative pressure on bottom line performance for HDD contractors. A great deal of this is centered around drilling fluid containment, transport and disposal. Additionally, pothole spoils create challenges for disposal causing increased costs. This session will examine solutions to these challenges and ways to improve margin in the future.

Richard Levings
Product Manager | American Augers Trencor
11:15 - 12:15
Reclaiming and Solidifying: Managing the Rising Costs of Fluid Disposal (Click for description and presenters)
Adam Bates
Product Manager | Vermeer Corporation
12:15 - 12:45
Lunch Break
12:45 - 13:45
New Developments Direct Pipe, E-Powerpipe and HDD/SDD Technology (Click for description and presenters)
Dr. Gerhard Lang, PhD
Business Development Manager | Herrenknecht
13:45 - 14:30
Estimating an HDD Project (Click for description and presenters)
Aaron Cohen
Lecturer | Arizona State University
14:30 - 15:00
Refreshment Break
15:00 - 16:00
Group Breakout Sessions (Click for description and presenters)

Topics: Workforce Development, Technology Innovations, and Market Trends

Focus Area 4: Stakeholder Breakout and Discussions
16:00 - 16:30
Group Discussion
16:30 - 16:45
Course Wrap-up and Distribution of Attendee Certificates
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