Vermeer Manufacturing Company, a leading manufacturer of industrial and agricultural equipment, recently introduced Bore PilotTM, a horizontal directional drilling (HDD) tutorial on CD that provides civil engineers, contractors, and operators with essential information to operators before, during and after the boring process.
The CD is used as a planning tool for civil engineers, contractors or operators of HDD equipment, encouraging them to plan ahead so that nothing is overlooked during the boring process, says Ed Savage, underground segment manager for Vermeer.
The tutorial provides an introduction to HDD and the boring process by providing a detailed project process map that helps contractors plan their bores. Bore Pilot also discusses safety considerations, and the types of pipe used in HDD along with their specific applications.
Contractors can also use the pulling load calculator to calculate the required pulling load for a specific HDD project based on the type of pipe used; pipe diameter and total bore length. The calculator will also recommend the appropriate size of drill based on the bore specification entered for the project.
A soil classification guide helps contractors determine the project site™s soil type and match the appropriate drill bit and backreamer. It also includes a fluid-mixing process map that shows how much mud should be used based on soil conditions, drill unit and tooling used.
Bore Pilot is a powerful and beneficial tool that provides useful information for both experienced and novice HDD machine operators job planners, etc., Savage says. We™ve received positive feedback from contractors and have found increased benefit when we walk operators through the tutorial during our training events.
More information on Vermeer products and services can be found on the company™s Web site at www.vermeer.com or by e-mailing Vermeer at firstname.lastname@example.org