Horizontal Directional Drilling

Hor­i­zon­tal Direc­tion­al Drilling (HDD) is a con­struc­tion process that is used in the pipeline con­struc­tion indus­try to install pipelines under water bod­ies, steep or unsta­ble slopes and oth­er envi­ron­men­tal­ly sen­si­tive areas. Despite the pro­lif­ic use of HDD in the Alber­ta oil and gas trans­mis­sion sec­tor, plan­ning and exe­cut­ing an HDD project remains a new exer­cise for many, and often rep­re­sents a steep and fast paced learn­ing curve for the own­er or con­sult­ing engi­neer. After com­plet­ing this course, stu­dents will have an in-depth and tech­ni­cal under­stand­ing of HDD through com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age of the con­struc­tion, design, risk man­age­ment and con­tract­ing process­es. Design engi­neers, con­struc­tion man­age­ment engi­neers, own­ers and engi­neer­ing con­sul­tants will find this course most relevant.

Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify key concepts within horizontal directional drilling (HDD) projects.
  • Identify aspects of drill fluid, bore pressure, and annular pressure management systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of site selection, preparation, and management.
  • Understand risk management techniques related to HDD projects.
  • Identify geological considerations within Alberta and beyond.
  • Understand nuances within pipe selection, including stress analysis.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current HDD design tools.
  • Identify surface tool requirements.
  • Understand economic implications of HDD design, construction, implementation, and maintenance projects, including those associated with risk management.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

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When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

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New course schedules are announced each June and November.

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