February 27th, 2013The Economics of Risk Absorption and Risk Transfer Strategies in Horizontal Directional Drilling
The Crossing Company, in conjunction with the University of Alberta's Centre for Excellence in Trenchless Technology (CETT), will be presenting the second paper in a series of five at this year's NASTT No-Dig Technical Conference in Sacramento, California. Manley Osbak, Vice President of Engineering & Estimating will present "The Economics of Risk Absorption and Risk Transfer Strategies in Horizontal Directional Drilling".> Read More
January 25th, 2013Safety Stand Down 2013
The Crossing Company has completed its 8th consecutive Safety Stand Down Week from January 21-25, 2013 as part of our continued committment to safety within our organization. All active rigs were visited by senior management during the stand down to reinforce the importance of a strong safety culture.> Read More
"Neil Swope and Rick Evans demonstrated their ability to assess drilling issues, predict problems, and make critical decisions concerning; reaming, re-reaming and pulling activities. In addition, their acceptance of responsibility and ownership on the project was a refreshing pleasure considering the drilling industry".
- Jim Hall, VP Moore Excavation, Inc.
"...their worksites were among the best maintained to provide safety...HDD [The HDD Company] was brought in to do some of the longer more difficult jobs that less experienced drillers would have a problem with...Neil and his crew proved to be careful, professional drillers".
- Jerry Sheldon, Calif. DOT
"...HDD was given the most difficult and time consuming bores on a consistent basis. HDD [The HDD Company] always completed the work in a timely and safe manner."
- Jerry Brannon, Williams Communications.
HDD Technology & Its Application
Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), also called Directional Boring and directional drilling, is a method of installing underground pipes and conduits from the surface along a prescribed bore path. Installation lengths up to 6500' have been completed and diameters up to 48" have been installed in shorter runs. Most installations are considerably shorter and smaller diameter. The process is used for installing telecommunications & power cable conduits, water lines, sewer lines, gas lines, oil lines, product pipelines and casings used for environmental remediation. It is used for crossing waterways, roadways, congested areas, environmentally sensitive areas and any area where other methods are more expensive or not feasible.
Use of HDD is growing rapidly and is expected to continue to increase for the foreseeable future.
HDD is used in place of other techniques for the following reasons:
Every project begins with thoughtful planning. Ground conditions are determined, surrounding utilities positively located, bore profile is surveyed and plotted, safety and environmental issues are considered before work commences.