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Horizontal Directional Drilling

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With over 80 years of combined experience, Ellingson Companies has the capabilities to get your horizontal directional drilling (HDD) project completed.

Since 1999 Ellingson has provided Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) solutions to numerous clients throughout North America. At Ellingson Companies, we approach each project with steadfast professionalism. We take pride in the experience of our personnel, quality of our equipment, and our commitment to deliver the highest quality of project available.

Ellingson has the capabilities to complete projects up to 54 inches in diameter and lengths up to 8,000 feet. Whether your projects are large, small, require a shore approach, or are through hard rock Ellingson approaches each with the same level of service, professionalism, and commitment. We are dedicated to delivering projects that are focused on safety and the success of our employees, customers, business partners, suppliers, as well as the environment.


The Horizontal Drilling (HDD) Process

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is a steerable trenchless method that is utilized to install underground pipes, conduit, and cables along a designed bore path beneath various types of obstacles. HDD minimizes restoration and allows infrastructure to be installed in areas inaccessible by traditional open-cut methods. HDD is completed through three major steps:

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Pilot Hole

After the site has been prepared and all surveying and final design are complete, the pilot hole is commenced. The pilot hole is drilled on pre-determined path from the design bore entry to the bore exit.

ellingson pipeline reaming


After the pilot hole is completed, the bore hole needs to be enlarged to the diameter required for the specific product pipe. This is a successive process that can involve multiple ream passes with each pass opening the bore hole to a larger diameter.

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Pull Pipe

After the reaming phase is complete and the borehole is deemed prepared, the product pipe is pulled in. This process typically is done on a continuous basis when the project allows until the pipe is pulled into the hole. During the pullback phase, the pipe is supported on rollers and is assisted into the hole by heavy equipment.

Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) Capabilities

  • Utilizing our fleet of rigs ranging from 7,000 lbs to 440,000 lbs and support equipment
  • Installing pipe diameter size from ¾-in. to 54-in.
  • Length of install up to 8,000-ft.
  • Wire line capabilities
  • Experienced Rock Drilling teams
  • Capable of completing the most complex projects

Engineering & Bore Planning

Bore Plan

Utilizing survey data, Ellingson will produce a detailed route design and provide visibility to underground utilities and soils. The bore plan ensures product pipe is installed at the correct alignment, depth and avoids conflict with existing utilities. Clients are provided access to review proposed bore plans prior to drilling operations to ensure that all considerations for the project are met.

Bore Progress Monitoring

Ellingson provides specialized monitoring of the bore progress. Documentation of daily construction records ensure that your project is in compliance with pipe bend radius, project specifications and permits.

Record Plan

After successful project installation, Ellingson exports drill data from locating software, a plan and profile of the installed pipe are created for incorporation into the as-built drawing.

The Benefits of Horizontal Drilling (HDD)

  • Access to areas inaccessible with traditional open cut methods
  • Minimal environmental impact
  • Limited or no disruption


Ellingson’s sales staff are the utmost professional to work with. Their bids are detailed and thorough. Ellingson has been fully able to understand the project by conducting their own site visits to ensure that their bid is represented correctly. Their field installation crews are well versed on the projects and often require very little or no guidance to accomplish their tasks.
-John O., Trenchless Customer
I would highly recommend (Ellingson’s) to anyone that needs their project to come in on time with no scope change or added cost.
-Ricky S., Trenchless Customer
Ellingson’s are very honest and do a good job in a timely manner.
-Norbert M., Trenchless Customer

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