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Updated version of drilling software

TRENCHLESS TECHNOLOGY equipment manufacturer Vermeer has released a new version of its horizontal directional drilling bore planning software Atlas Bore Planner.

Version 2.2 provides a graphic representation of the job, including roads, rivers and services.Various parameters such as drill rod diameter and length, desired bore path depth, minimum cover and product pipe diameter are selected and the software plots a proposed bore path. This is displayed in two formats: one screen shows a top and side view and the other a report listing the depth, pitch and heading of each rod used.

Vermeer says the software optimises bore path length and depth and entry and exit points, determines rod and mud requirements and allows more accurate cost estimates.

It can be linked to other mapping systems, electronically downloading bore path data during or after the job. As well as providing a plan, the system can also provide an as-built map when work is finished.

UK-based contractor The Directional Drilling Company recently took delivery of the software and says using the package has improved efficiency.

Instead of checking the ground conditions, setting up the rig, drilling and dealing with problems as they arise, a full on-site survey is now carried out before drilling starts. Survey data is entered into the program and the proposed bore path printed out for the operator to follow during drilling.

Although it is not always possible to follow the planned path, the firm says it helps in the project planning stage and keeps drilling operations running more smoothly.

During drilling, the software is used to track the bore path. Data is entered into a laptop on site and printed out for reporting progress.

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