With over 30 years of experience meeting our clients HDD needs, from simple utility installations through to some of the largest river crossing projects ever undertaken, Canadian Horizontal Drilling has all the necessary tools to complete any HDD project, regardless of size or location.
Constant search for refinement
Throughout our history we have developed the most well equipped and maintained HDD specific drilling equipment in the industry, a result of our constant search for refinement. While the equipment is crucial to our continued success, it’s the people who are operating our equipment, who are modifying and refining our equipment, that are the most crucial to our continued success. After all, the equipment is only iron without the expertise to make it function properly. The knowledge and focus of our employees, the best trained and most experienced in the industry, is the foundation that Canadian Horizontal Drilling's achievements are built upon.
Fostering Key Relationships
Over the years Canadian Horizontal Drilling has developed and fostered several key relationships with proven, reliable associates. From pipeline contractors, oil companies, industry service vendors, and HDD specific tooling providers, developing amicable relationships with other companies has played a major role in the success of Canadian Horizontal Drilling. It’s these partnerships that give us the confidence to offer new, industry first protocols such as the (Integrity Program ) and our (Turn-Key Crossing Service), which allows clients to deal with a single, proven firm for all their HDD needs. Who better to complete your next HDD project, from design through to completion, than the true Pioneers of HDD?
Founded in 1991, CHD became the first Canadian HDD contractor when it designed and manufactured the very first HDD rig in Canada. Over the next three years two more rigs were designed and manufactured, entirely in-house.
In 1997 CHD became the first HDD contractor to successfully drill the Peace River, which at the time was the longest completed crossing in Canadian history at 1660m. And later that same year came another first, the largest pipe installed by HDD in Canada at the time, a 36" line under the Halfway River. Some of our more current Milestone Projects include the installation of a pipeline from the bottom of Pink Mountain to the top. With a total elevation gain of more than 400m, it is the greatest elevation change ever completed by HDD. Or more recently, we installed the largest plastic pipe ever attempted by HDD, a 36" sewer line under the Red Deer River.
Never content with the techniques and technologies available, we are constantly progressing, always pioneering innovative and unique procedures. We were the first HDD contractor to utilize an air hammer to install surface casing, now a standard practice, and the first to incorporate the use of a boiler and steam tracing for cold weather operations, also a current standard practice. The modifications we made to the rigs that were commercially available, modifications that were necessary given the unique geo-technical and environmental conditions that we work in, eventually made their way back to the manufacturers themselves and have now become the HDD industry standard. Techniques and procedures that are now commonplace, we pioneered, and the majority of the people that were key in the development and implementation of those techniques are still with us, still innovating.