The Horizontal Directional Drilling PowerTool


HDD Overview

Horizontal directional drilling is one of the most complex operations pipeline engineers can perform. The Horizontal Directional Drilling PowerTool (HDDPT) applies advanced industry knowledge to guide you in the design, engineering, and installation phases of horizontal drilling. Using this innovative tool, pipeline engineers reduce costs, operational complexity, and construction risk.

Horizontal Directional Drilling and Trenching Challenges

Poor Planning and Mud Management

Poorly defined fluid characteristics or mud requirements lead to delays, breaks, and repairs.

Maximize drilling efficiency and wellbore stability by identifying fluid characteristics and mud requirements. You’ll get the job right on the first attempt, eliminating unnecessary costs and risks.

Solutions by Role

Complex Design Analysis

Inaccurate pull-force calculations and installation analyses lead to delays, breaks, and repairs.

HDDPT gives you full control of borehole design and resulting forces on the pull back piping to maximize the pull load and eliminate failures during installation for steel and plastic pipe.

Cable Installation

Putting cables in conduits involves a broad range of variables.

HDDPT makes it easier to put cables in conduits and determine jam ratios, clearance, tension by location, and sidewall pressures for successful and efficient cable installation.

Pull-Force Loads

Inaccurate calculations cause plastic pipes to break during installation.

HDDPT performs pull force and installation analysis for plastic pipe. It determines the maximum plastic pipe stresses to eliminate failure during pipe installation.

Borehole Stability

Wrong drilling fluids or pressure loads result in collapse or lost returns.

HDDPT improves borehole stability by enabling proper characterization of drilling fluids, soils, and hydraulic pressures. It ensures borehole stability and eliminates hydro-fracturing during drilling operations.

Excavation Complexity

Pumping equipment is not up to the task.

HDDPT enables accurate pump sizing and RPM settings, to ensure borehole stability and efficient HDD operations with duplex and triplex pumps.

The Horizontal Directional Drilling PowerTool

The Horizontal Directional Drilling PowerTool (HDDPT) is a trusted pipeline planning tool created by pipeline industry veterans to ensure successful horizontal directional drilling operations. It produces valuable insights that lower construction risks and costs, minimize excavation complexity, and provide superior borehole stability. There are many innovative functionalities packed into HDDPT, including intuitive borehole design, streamlined data importation, borehole stability, and customized horizontal directional drilling project reporting. It is applicable to pipes and conduits for various applications including natural gas, petroleum, water and sewer lines, telecommunications, and electric power lines.

The HUBPL enables GIS integration for HDDPT, which allows for the import of GIS/shape data, in many formats, including shp/kml/kmz/gdb files. The result is accurate geospatial referencing of HDD projects in HDDPT calculations. As with all software products from Technical Toolboxes, it comes with full expert industry support as well as both standard and customizable training options.


The Horizontal Directional Drilling PowerTool identifies the fluid characteristics and mud requirements to deal with overburden and particle transport for drilling operations to maximize efficiency and borehole stability. The tool also ensures curvature radius and trajectory align with allowable stresses in pullback strings.  This improves how your engineers design in response to obstacles along the path of your pipeline. It increases efficiency and reduces errors in the HDD process.

HDDPT helps your pipeline engineers account for pipe design, stress, and safety when you are drilling. You can trust the calculations it gives you for the pull forces on the drill string and mud management. Therefore, you can maximize pull-load and eliminate failures during installation.

Yes, HDDPT computes proper characterization of drilling fluids, soils and hydraulic pressures to ensure borehole stability and eliminate hydro-fracturing during drilling operations.

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