The 7th annual Horizontal Directional Drilling Academy (HDD Academy) took place June 10-11 at the SkySong Center at Arizona State University in Scottsdale, Arizona.


More than 60 attendees enjoyed this two-day intensive course driven by HDD experts. The first day of the course focused on reflections of HDD, HDD design and estimating, drilling fluids. At the conclusion of the first day of the course attendees visited the Riot House for a networking reception.


The second day of the course focused on the technology advancements and field technology innovations in HDD. Attendees left the course equipped with knowledge of horizontal directional drilling pre-construction, design and material selection, construction and operations.


Riot House 2021 HDD Academy


The HDD Academy is present by Benjamin Media Inc. – publisher of Trenchless Technology and North American Oil & Gas Pipelines – and Arizona State University’s Del E. Webb School of Construction.


Sponsors for the 2021 event were Bentonite Performance Minerals LLC, Digital Control Inc., Ditch Witch, Drilling Mud Direct, E&M Supply Group, Herrenknecht, LaValley Industries, Plastics Pipe Institute, Transwest, Underground Solutions, Quick Connect and Vermeer. Supporting industry organizations of the event were AEM, DCA, IPLOCA and NASTT.


The 8th annual Horizontal Directional Drilling Academy will be held at the same location February 10-11, 2022. Visit hddacademy.com for more information.


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