February 17, 2021

Horizontal Directional Drilling Virtual Workshop – Integrated Engineering and Construction Insight

Event Overview

This workshop will discuss the trenchless technologies of Horizontal Directional Drilling and Direct Pipe for pipeline installations. It will include discussion of engineering design considerations, routing, hydraulic fracture, equipment and tooling, steering capabilities, fluid management, construction execution and risk mitigation.


Learning Objectives

  • To better understand trenchless methods for pipeline installation to improve routing and design of trenchless projects, reduce construction risk, and increase the likelihood of project success.
  • To gain an understanding of fluid management methods and procedures for trenchless construction to reduce risk.
  • To increase awareness of emerging technologies and applications for trenchless pipeline installation.


 Topics Include

  • Drilling and the Construction Process
  • Planning and Routing with GIS Pro
  • Tooling and Equipment,
  • Evaluation and Design process
  • Hydraulic Fractures

Attendees will qualify for 6.75 Professional Development Hours (PDH) upon completion

Who Should Attend

Construction Project Managers, Pipeline Engineers, Environmental Professionals, Safety Representatives, Routing, Procurement and Permitting Personnel of all levels of experience.


Meet the Instructors


Andrew Sparks PE | Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Sparks is a geotechnical engineer with 20 years of experience and is a registered professional engineer in 22 states. He has more than fourteen years of experience in designing Horizontal Directional Drilling and Direct Pipe® projects up to 48-inches in diameter and lengths over 7,000 feet. Drew worked on a team of engineers to develop a design procedure for Direct Pipe® design as well as developed a proprietary software program to evaluate the hydraulic fracture and drilling fluid surface release risk for Horizontal Directional Drill crossings. Drew has extensive design and field experience in many facets of geotechnical engineering projects, including the areas of Shallow and Deep Foundation Design, Shoring Design including Soil Nail and Tie-back Wall Design and Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Wall Design. Sparks received his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from Brigham Young University. Sparks currently holds the position of Secretary for the ASCE Methods of Practice Committee for Direct Pipe®.


Jimmy Maingot | Vice President of Operations for Laney Group, Inc.

Jimmy Maingot is currently the Vice President of Operations for Laney Group, Inc. Jimmy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in 1985. He began his career in the HDD industry by executing HDD projects in the United States. After working domestically for eleven years, he began to focus on international HDD projects. Jimmy established JM Drilling Services Inc. in 1999, serving as owner and president. Under Jimmy’s direction, the company grew into a multi-million-dollar international corporation. In December 2018, Jimmy and JM Drilling Services joined the Laney Group to bring Jimmy’s extensive international HDD experience back to the United States.

Jimmy is an expert in diverse drilling conditions ranging from hard rock to soft soil environments. He has a wide range of experience in the HDD industry, and has executed projects ranging from shore approaches, mountain crossings and other complex crossings. Jimmy has worked on over 500 projects on 6 continents and 24 countries. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


Jim Nelson


Members $450
Non-Members $725

From 02-17-2021 8:00 am CST until 02-17-2021 4:30 pm CST


Registration Information
Members $450
Non-Members $725

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "C" when cancellation is needed.

Have any questions? Contact us. membersevices@southerngas.org