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Vermeer Partners Provide Directional Boring Training To Florida DOT.

Vermeer Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of directional boring machines, recognizes the need for training across all levels of business including organizations contracting utility work from cable and water to gas and electricity. Vermeer recently partnered with Baroid, McLaughlin Manufacturing and Burnup Sims to conduct training on horizontal directional boring for engineering and maintenance staff at four districts of the Florida Department of Transportation, as well as area municipal engineers and inspectors.

Nearly 300 persons attended the training held in five Florida cities including Deland on May 19, Ft. Pierce on May 21, Ft. Lauderdale on May 26, Ft. Myers on May 28, and Chipley on June 2. The one-day program was designed to provide attendees with a better understanding of the application of directional boring technology to an increasing number of utility installation projects crossing the state's roadways

The training covered four primary topics: contracting, drilling fluids, locating and manufacturing. Presenters included drilling fluid expert Frank Canon of Baroid, Bobby Hall of Burnup & Sims, John Archambeault with locating specialist Spot D Tek, and Vermeer's Director of Trenchless Development Mark Van Houwelingen. The in-depth program also focused on issues that gave attendees an overview trenchless methods, applications, limits and equipment available to contractors. The training team used a Vermeer D24x40 Navigator owned by Burnup & Sims and a DI6xIO Navigator from Vermeer Sales and Service located in Pensacola, to demonstrate how directional drills operate in local conditions.

'We held the training to give DOT staff, city and county people a better understanding of trench technology, so they will know whether work is being done correctly,' said Doug Sikes, Utility Support Specialist for the Florida DOT in Tallahassee. 'We're hoping to build on this training with these experts and expand the program to include area utility contractors next year at more DOT locations.'
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Publication:Underground Construction
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 1998
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