Best Practices for Horizontal Directional Drilling


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It is estimated that the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) market size will reach $14.86 billion by 2028.

HDD refers to a drilling process used to create underground or underwater channels. These cutting and boring machines can rotate in any direction. Their drills can bore a long channel at an angle while digging straight through the earth. Horizontal directional drilling can apply to various types of drilling jobs, including installation of gas and telecommunications, water well drilling, irrigation pipes, and more.

There are various drilling practices associated with HDD. Keep on reading to learn more about them.


Proper Training

HDD requires highly specialized equipment as well as a great deal of knowledge and experience. Only with the right combination of both can you be sure that the job is done efficiently and effectively, without endangering the environment or workers.


Team members should be kept up to date regularly on trenching safety guidelines. In addition, companies must abide by Canada's occupational health and safety regulations. Keep in mind that these drills are heavy, powerful and expensive. If misused, they can result in severe injuries for workers. For that reason, only authorized workers qualified by training or experience can operate HDD machinery and equipment.


Get the Right Tools for the Job

An HDD company should only invest in equipment that's most useful for this line of operation. Tools should have user-friendly features suitable for the job. Ensure you work with reliable contractors who use quality tools from reputable manufacturers.


Familiarize Yourself With the Construction Site

It is recommended to inspect every job site before working on it to determine the essential tools and assess potential risks.

You can check for ground conditions, barriers, and elevation shifts. Often, you will need to remove the debris before beginning the drilling process. Be sure to allocate enough time when assessing the site and training the team.


Horizontal Directional Drilling in BC

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) has become one of the most important technologies in the oil and gas industry in recent years. Ironman Directional Drilling provides many services, including PVC piping and fiber optics installation using HDD.


Our experienced team has been providing quality horizontal directional drilling throughout British Columbia for over 23 years, so we know what it takes to meet and exceed the needs of our clients. No matter your location or drilling needs, we have the tools and expertise to get the job done. Contact Ironman Directional Drilling today for safe and reliable HDD services in BC.