Arizona State University’s Del E. Webb School of Construction and Benjamin Media Inc. are once again working together to plan the 2016 Horizontal Directional Drilling Academy (HDD Academy).
Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is rapidly emerging as the primary choice for owners when confronted with river, road and railway crossings or situations requiring minimal disruption to surface activities.
The technique provides a less-disruptive method and, oftentimes, a lower-cost opportunity for utility pipeline installations. The goal of the HDD Academy is to establish an annual learning platform for owners, regulators, contractors and engineers focusing on the options and opportunities for future utility pipeline projects.
The 2016 HDD Academy will take place Feb. 11-12, at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, located across from the conference hotel, the Marriott Residence Inn Tempe Downtown. Arizona State University will award 1.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of the course. Registration is limited in order to provide quality networking with HDD industry leaders and maintain a low student-instructor ratio.
Last year’s inaugural event sold out and brought together more than 100 HDD experts and contractors to Tempe, all of whom were interested in gaining knowledge about HDD and networking with HDD professionals.
HDD Academy program instructors are all industry leaders who will cover numerous topics including HDD contracts and specifications; estimating; designing projects for specific pipe materials; drilling fluids; locating; damage prevention; and case studies covering HDD installations for several pipe materials, Direct Pipe installations and installations for specific utilities.
To date, supporting associations include the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), Pipeline Contractors Association (PLCA), Pipeline Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC), International Pipeline and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA) and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Event sponsors to date include Herrenknecht Tunneling Systems, Underground Solutions Inc., Vermeer and Derrick.