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Directional Drilling
er-diameter HDD work, and earning
the trust of our customers. It all takes a
lot of hard work and time. "
While many HDD companies perform
strictly small-diameter fiber work,
those focused on larger water and sewer
utility work are specialty companies.
Building a team for the task can be
more challenging, too. That's why B&B
Underground and Drilling emphasizes
the importance of training.
1273 GT and CS 873 GT trailer vacs
and a custom-built truck vac to support
its three crews.
Deland reclaimed-water project
In Deland, B&B Underground and
Drilling was tasked with completing
eight bores, from 370 feet to 600 feet,
fusing HDPE pipe and pulling the product
in place, where it would be tied in
with an existing 12-inch line to the new
pump station.
The brothers used their D60x90 to
complete the work because it could handle
the distances they were boring and
was efficient at opening the holes to the
required diameters. The bores ranged
between 10 and 15 feet deep.
Two reamer passes were performed
after the pilot bore, pre-reamed to 16
inches on the first pass and then stepping
up to 22 inches while pulling
the pipe into place. The team used a
McElroy MegaMc 824 fusion machine
to fuse the HDPE pipe.
During the bore, B&B Underground
and Drilling used a combination of bentonite
and other drilling fluid additives
to help maintain hole integrity in the
area's sandy soil conditions. Lee said
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lenging because they have to regularly
adjust their drilling fluid formula based
on ground conditions throughout their
working areas.
" Most of it is sand, but there are parts
of Florida where we have to deal with
rock, too, " said Lee. " Whenever reaming
is involved, we need to put a lot of
thought into the strength and quality of
the drilling fluid mixture.
" It's also important to use a drill that
will help us minimize the number of
reamer passes made. Anytime we don't
have pipe in the ground, there is potential
for the hole to begin to close. So,
when we ream, we don't stop until the
pipe is in the ground. "
The Deland reclaimed-water project
took the B&B Underground and
Drilling team a little over a month to
complete, and involved some narrow
rights-of-way and sandy soils.
Investing in personnel, tech
" Building the business up to the level
of doing bigger pipes had always been
a goal of ours, " said Glenn Bennett.
" However, achieving that goal takes
time. It involves adding and training
personnel, saving up, investing in all the
equipment required to perform larg " We've
been around long enough to
know that untrained help is bad for business,
hard on equipment and hurts the
HDD industry, " said Lee. " We make sure
our people are properly trained for the
work they are going to be doing, and we
often work with the people at Vermeer
Southeast to support those efforts. They
have helped us train equipment operators,
locators and mud specialists. "
Glenn added that with all the advances
made in drilling technology since he
started, having a good dealer partner
that prioritizes training has helped him
stay current on the latest technology.
" More and more customers are
asking for as-built information, so we
recently started using bore planning
tools. The dealer team has helped us
work through the learning process. The
support helps keep us at the top of our
profession, " Glenn said.
While much of the industry's focus is
on fiber, large-diameter work continues
to be a worthy journey for Glenn and Lee.
" There are so many communities expanding
around the area, and new water
and sewer services are needed to support
the growing population. In addition,
many municipalities keep a watchful eye
on communities that are actively installing
reclaimed water systems, " said Lee.
" With so much attention on water usage,
there will be a lot of work to come in
this area as well. We are looking forward
to doing our part on these projects. " UI
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
B&B Underground and Drilling,
bbunderground.com
Vermeer Corp., (888) 837-6337,
vermeer.com
McElroy Manufacturing, (918) 836-8611,
mcelroy.com
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