Software for planning and cost control in directional drilling projects

E. N. Allouche, Samuel Ariaratnam, C. W. MacLeod

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As the complexity and size of the projects undertaken by horizontal directional drilling (HDD) contractors rapidly increase, there is a growing need for the development of dedicated software designed to meet the industry's special needs and requirements. This paper presents the results of a survey of the HDD industry's software needs as well as a summary of commercially available software specifically designed for this industry. In addition, the development of two computerized applications tailored for the HDD industry are described. The first of these applications is an integrated data management system that combines asset management, cost control, estimating, and project tracking capabilities, enabling decision makers to closely monitor field performance in terms of expenditure and productivity. The second application is a simulation model developed for optimizing the utilization of drilling rigs and hydro-vacuum trucks on large-scale urban projects. Both applications are designed to improve the planning, estimating, and productivity of directional drilling projects, ultimately reducing the cost of expanding underground infrastructure networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)446-453
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003


  • Computer software
  • Construction industry
  • Cost control
  • Drilling
  • Project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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