UCT Seminar Series Continues At ICUEE

July 2013, Vol. 68, No. 7

Horizontal Directional Drilling

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Advanced Mud School – Part 1
Speaker: Tom Tibor, Baroid Industrial Drilling Products
The diversification of small rig applications and the increased use of mid to large rigs have brought a new dynamic to the use of mud and specially formulated drilling fluids. This course will detail the use of mud/fluids in today’s complicated drilling environment.
10 – 11 a.m.: Advanced Mud School – Part 2
Speaker: Tom Tibor, Baroid Industrial Drilling Products
Speaker: Ben Clark, Derrick Equipment Co.
This follow-up session will focus on the integration and use of mud cleaners/recyclers for use with small and medium sized rigs.

Underground Safety & Damage Prevention
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Immediate Priorities When a Buried Gas Line Is Hit
Speaker: Jerry Gann, Centerpoint Energy
Time is critical when a gas line is hit. Who should the first call go to? What immediate steps should be taken while waiting for emergency personnel? These and other questions are answered in this session.

10 – 11 a.m.: Pre-Excavation Practices To Prevent Utility Damages

Speaker: Ron Peterson, Utility Consulting Professionals
National Utility Locating Contractors Association
This session deals root causes that contribute to utility damages and simple processes that can be put in place prior to the start of excavation that should prevent incidents. Topics will include effective use of the One Call system, site documentation, effective use of pictures and video and safe excavation practices.

Staking University’s Locator Certification Workshop
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30
Combining classroom and hands-on instruction, the Locator Certification Seminar focuses on the underlying principles of utility locating, as well as the importance of performing accurate locates. This seminar will aid underground construction personnel in developing the skills to consistently supply accurate and complete utility location information. It also will aid attendees in developing superior troubleshooting techniques, a mastery of locating equipment and the skills required to pass Staking U’s locator certification test.