Tracking Systems: Equipment Spotlight

September 2011, Vol. 66 No. 9
Digital Control Inc.'s F5 walkover locator.

Walkover and wireline locators from Digital Control Inc., Radiodetection/SPX Corp., Ditch Witch, Underground Tools Inc., Sharewell, INROCK and Horizontal Technology.

Walkover Locators

Digital Control Inc.

Ease of use, speed and accuracy are the hallmarks of the new line of DCI locators and most of the challenges faced by contractors today can be answered by one or more from this new line. The F Series includes the new five-frequency F5, the dual frequency F2, and the streamlined SE locators. Characteristic of all three systems are DCI’s patented 3D antenna technology, target-in-the-box locating, and the intuitive icon-driven menus. 800.288.3610, digitrak.com

Radiodetection/SPX Corp.
The itrack system provides accurate walkover guidance information for HDD machines. The system comprises an itrack receiver, a DataView unit, one or more DataSondes and Radiodetection’s Borelog software. The itrack DataView uses a row of nine LEDs to provide remote steering information to the machine operator. The large LCD also displays real-time data transmitted from the DataSonde via the itrack Receiver. This provides machine operators with accurate information on tilt angle, roll position, depth, remote left/ right steering and alarm conditions. The DataSonde, when housed in the drill head, emits a locate signal and transmits information about its position and status, including tilt angle, roll position and temperature information. The Borelog software package allows the user to download drilling data stored in the itrack Receiver. 877.247.3797, radiodetection.com

Ditch Witch
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The 8500 –consists of an 8500T tracker, 8500D display and 850-series beacons – is an advanced, electronic guidance system for HDD operations. The 8500’s intuitive interface has easy-to-understand graphics – no cryptic symbols that require additional training time. The 8500 provides true depth readings on inclines of up to 20 percent, so you can track up the sides of ditches and over uneven terrain. Icon- and menu-driven screens are intuitive and easy to navigate; straightforward onscreen graphics reduce training time. 800.645.6481, ditchwitch.com