Part 1:  Wednesday March 3rd, 2021
Part 2: Friday March 5th, 2021

1:00 PM-4:30 PM EST



Over the past 20 years, Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD)  has become a well-established and industry-accepted method for the installation of new communication cables (telephone, cable, fibre optics) and underground pipelines that transport potable water, sewerage, and natural gas. HDD is an environmentally friendly pipeline construction method alternative to traditional open cut. Research has shown that HDD can reduce open-cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent and will result in pipeline construction projects that are completed faster with significantly less disruption to the public and in environmentally sensitive areas such as wetlands and river crossings. Dr. Knight and his team have developed industry-leading HDD design tools that are used are the globe including Vermeer BOREAID. He has also completed many challenging HDD projects as an engineer and retained as an expert in projects that have resulted in litigation.  Thus, this course will bring together in-depth knowledge of the HDD design process and planning so HDD projects will be completed on time and on budget. 

Who should attend?

Engineering consultants, contractors, technologists, municipal employees, field technicians, suppliers, and HDD drillers that specify, design or construct HDD projects. This one course will help you HDD designs that are constructible, in accordance with industry best practices that are completed on time and on budget. If you are new to HDD or have been involved in many HDD you will want to take this course.

What's included?

  • Course Material
  • 0.6 CEUs (continuing education units)*
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • *NEW* University of Waterloo Certificate of Attendance
  • Access to FREE HDD design tools and programs

*Certification and # of CEUs awarded dependent on attendance hours


Mar. 3, 2021 | HDD Part 1 |Online Workshop

  • HDD equipment and basics
  • Drill tracking systems
  • Drill fluids
  • Project planning and design

Mar. 5,  2021 | HDD Part 2 | Online Workshop

  • Quality assurance and quality control
  • Plastic and steel pipe design
  • Lessons learned for a litigation expert
  • Case studies

Learning Objectives

Throughout this course you will understand:

  1. The basics of the HDD construction process;
  2. The role and function of drill fluids for a successful project;
  3. How to determine the right amount of drill fluid and volume
  4. How to plan a successful HDD project including geotechnical requirements
  5. Key design considerations
  6. Industry good practices and standards
  7. The basics of HDD drill path and pipe design including free design tools
  8. Project Quality Assurance and Quality Control practices
  9. Real Life Case Studies that demonstrate poor  and good design practices

Moderator: Dr. Mark Knight PhD, Consulting Engineer Fellow Institute of Asset Management

* Workshop Schedule and Speakers are subject to change 





Early Bird

(before Feb 3.)


(Feb 3.- Mar.1)

CATT Members $399.00 $499.00
UESI Members $399.00 $499.00
Non-Members $550.00 $650.00

The price does not include tax. Tax is calculated based on the geographical location of the primary registrant at the rates given below.

Canada: Ontario HST 13%; New Brunswick HST 15%; Newfoundland and Labrador HST 15%; Nova Scotia HST 15%; Prince Edwards Island HST 15%; GST 5% is applicable for any province/territory not specifically mentioned. 

International: No tax

*To confirm your organization's membership status, please check CATT's current members list 

To take advantage of the member prices and save money, become a CATT member today!