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Robert Carpenter, Editor

Increasingly, horizontal directional drilling contractors come from every walk of underground construction life. Gas and oil pipelines, telecom, electric and gas distribution were the early adopters of the technology. But as the rigs and affiliated add-ons/complimentary equipment evolved, other underground niches have steadily became believers in the technology.

Officials from the Obama administration are discussing whether the administration should review the data being used to support a forthcoming Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assessment that could label formaldehyde as a carcinogen in the wake of industry and other concerns, including a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel that criticized similar EPA claims.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

H&H Enterprises is a HDD contractor specializing in rock with 15 years of experience working primarily in the Northeastern United States.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

At one time or another, rock is a challenge to most contractors who do horizontal directional drilling (HDD). The degree of difficulty and the efficiency with which rock is penetrated involves many factors, including the size of the drill unit, method of drilling, downhole tools and the experience and capability of drilling crews.

Matt Timberlake, President, Ted Berry Trenchless Technologies LLC, International Pipe Bursting Association Marketing Committee

Some of the most common questions owners and engineers have when considering pipe bursting are “what types of pipes can be burst?” and “what types of pipes can be installed by pipe bursting?” This article will provide insight into answering those questions as well as highlight some of the design and practical considerations that need to be accounted for on any pipe bursting project.

When Gary Davidson, president and co-owner of DrillTech Inc., based in Clarksville, TX, reviewed the results of soil samples provided him by project owner, Regency Energy Partners, he felt confident the mainline natural gas pipeline project his company was hired to complete in Louisiana would be a fairly routine horizontal directional drill installation. At first glance, the only thing that Davidson felt may be somewhat of a challenge was the length.

Bob Wothe, Michels Corporation, and Randy Traylor, SCANA Corporation

What a difference six years makes.

In 2004, Michels Directional Crossings set a horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry record for its completion of two parallel 7,080-foot-long, 8-inch diameter steel high voltage transmission lines beneath the Cooper River in Charleston, SC.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The McLaughlin Group has introduced two new cradle boring machines -- the first new models manufactured in this product category since the late 1960s.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces that a team of students from Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Clayton, OH, has won the 2011 AEM Construction Challenge presented by Volvo Construction Equipment.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces that a team of students from Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Clayton, OH, has won the 2011 AEM Construction Challenge presented by Volvo Construction Equipment.

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