• Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Technologies for Utility and Pipeline Application
    February 5, 2020 - February 6, 2020
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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David Willoughby will present “Coverage of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Technologies for Pipeline Application” on  February 5, 6, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA

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The Horizontal Directional Drilling course is offered as a 2-day course that covers Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) operation with complete technical information on the design, permitting, construction bid documents, specifications, and construction of HDD applications. The course is geared to provide an in depth overview of HDD from planning to demobilization.

This training will provide contractors, engineers, inspectors and others working in the trenchless industry with complete technical information on the design, permitting, construction bid documents, specifications, and construction of HDD applications. The course focus will be on HDD implementations with steel pipelines and municipal natural gas utilities, and will also include coverage of the HDD Model Footage Contract, providing guidelines for HDD projects, example specifications, and information on risk reduction. The course will also provide design calculations with examples using an HDD computer application.

PDHs Available

14 PDHs available with Certificate of Completion

Who Should Attend

–Pipeline engineers
–Utility engineers
–Consulting engineers
–Any other technical individuals with the responsibility of managing, operating, or maintaining pipeline, trunk or distribution systems

Course Outline

  1. History and Basics
  2. HDD Technology & Equipment
  3. Tracking & Monitoring
  4. Subsurface Conditions
  5. Borehole Stability
  6. HDD Feasibility
  7. HDD Design
  8. Steel Pipe Stress Analysis
  9. Plastic Pipe Stress Analysis
  10. HDD Contracts


Course notes in paper and flash drive format
Certificate of Completion
Breakfast and lunch

Instructor Bio

David A. Willoughby, RK&K Director, Energy & Corrosion (ret)

Mr. Willoughby has 40 years of experience in engineering, pipeline design, corrosion control, and management in the petroleum and utilities pipeline industry. His experience includes gas transmission and distribution systems, petroleum facilities, and water/sewer pipelines from conception through design, construction and testing, economic evaluation, and project field supervision. Mr. Willoughby has been responsible for the design, permitting, inspection, and construction administration of numerous horizontal directional drills (HDD) on pipeline projects. Mr. Willoughby is author of several articles and two books published by McGraw-Hill; Plastic Piping Handbook, 2002 and Horizontal Directional Drilling, 2005.

Mr. Willoughby provides HDD training to the pipeline and utility industries. He has presented HDD training to the engineering workshop at the N.C. Utilities Commission Office of Pipeline Safety Conference, Southern Gas Association Annual Conference and teaches several HDD programs a year for a broad list of clients such as Equitable Resources, Dominion Energy, FERC, National Gas Company of Trinidad, Public Service of NC, Exxon Pipeline, Shell Oil, Atlanta Gas and Light, Dominion Transmission, Columbia Gas Transmission, Colonial Pipeline, Questar Gas Company, Kansas Gas Services, HT Engineering, etc. Mr. Willoughby’s HDD training is used to provide Professional Development Hours (PDU) for professional engineers in many states, including Texas.

Recent Feedback

“Instructor seemed very knowledgeable and was willing to help answer any questions that were thrown his way.”
“This training was one of the best I’ve ever attended. David was knowledgeable, thorough, and answered all of the questions I had going into the training throughout the two days.”
“This was one of the most useful technical classes that I have attended. I think the knowledge that I have gained from the class will help us reduce some of the risks in our future HDDs.”
“David is an excellent speaker/presenter, extremely informative.”
“Thanks so much for putting on a great training session. The course was very informative, and I’ve gotten many positive comments from folks who attended.”
“Overall, this is one of the best courses I have ever attended.”


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