2013 Large Directional Drilling Rig Census

By Traci Read, Managing Editor | November 2013, Vol. 68 No. 11

Underground Construction’s 2013 census of large horizontal directional drilling contractors is an effective tool when selecting the right size of drill rig to fit specific project needs in managing a successful HDD operation.

When horizontal directional drilling (HDD) professionals discuss the size of an HDD rig, they usually refer to the maximum pullback force the unit can develop. The most common industry standard for a large directional drilling unit is defined as having a minimum of 100,000 pounds of pullback force. In addition to pullback, the most common specifications used to categorize HDD equipment are rotary torque of drill stem, rotation speed and the size of drill pipe.

A&L Underground
8375 Melrose Dr.
Lenexa, KS 66214-1629
p: (913) 438-2981
f: (913) 438-3815
w: www.alunderground.com
e: terryw@alunderground.com
Contact: Terry Williamson
5 rigs offering over 100,000-lbs. pullback
Maximum Pipe Diameter: 42 in.
Maximum Pullback: 500,000 lbs.
Maximum Torque: 85,000 ft./lbs.
Horizontal environmental potable water and soil characterization wells. Utility, pipeline and telecommunication groundwater pipe installation. Rock and coral drilling.

ARB Inc.
26000 Commercentre Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92630
p: (949) 598-9242
f: (949) 595-5526
w: www.arbinc.com
e: jparrish@arbinc.com
Contact: Jody Parrish
6 rigs offering over 100,000-lbs. pullback
Maximum Pipe Diameter: 60 in.
Maximum Pullback: 750,000 lbs.
Maximum Torque: 92,000 in ft./lbs.
ARB Inc. is a full service pipeline contractor performing all aspects of HDD including drilling services, pipe fabrication and tie-ins from Alaska to South America.

Arrow Directional Boring Inc.
11950 NW 39th Street, Ste. A
Coral Springs, FL 33065
p: (954) 340-2601
f: (954) 340-2603
Contact: Jeff Blake
1 rig offering over 100,000-lbs. pullback
Maximum Pipe Diameter: 42 in.
Maximum Pullback: 210,000 lbs.
Maximum Torque: 30,000 ft./lbs.
ADB is Florida’s Premier HDD contractor with 20 years of experience. 4 mini, 1 midi and 1 maxi drill rigs serving all of Florida. ADB specializes in water, sewer and reclaimed utility lines. Licensed, bonded and insured; 2013 APWA Contractor and Project of the Year in Florida.