Pipeline Border Crossing

Matching Right Rig For The Job Ensures Success
January 2009 Vol. 64 No. 1

Dolan says he chose the right sized drill for this job. The machine’s floating top vise gripped the drill rod directly in front of the quill, helping prevent rod wrap and windup when breaking out of the upper joint. This also eliminated the need to travel the front vise up the length of the rack, thus reducing cycle times and ultimately increasing the crews’ productivity.

“As far as the length goes on the pilot bore, we were glad that we had that size of rig,” he says. “It gave us the confidence going into the job that we could do that 5,000 foot bore without any problems or headaches.”

Contractor: Dolan Directional Drilling, (817) 482-1680, www.dolandirectional.com
HDD rig: Vermeer, (888) 837-6337, www.vermeer.com