Development of a Standard Specification for Horizontal Direction Drilling

Ohio is grappling with an aging infrastructure and a state budget crisis. In order for Ohio to modernize its underground infrastructure, innovative technologies need to be utilized by the ODOT and utility owners. Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) has become one of the fastest-growing alternative construction methods in comparison to the open trench construction method for the installation of underground pipelines and conduits (Najafi 2010). The majority of the rapid growth in the application of HDD occurred during the last 15 years after the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The board of directors of the Ohio Horizontal Directional Drilling Association informed us that there are many HDD specifications employed in Ohio that vary significantly in their content and requirements. Consequently, inferior products have been installed and unnecessary risks have been taken on. Also, level competition plain field among contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers have been compromised. It is necessary to create a fair specification for HDD that ensure that HDD pipes are designed and installed correctly without damaging the Ohio roadways. It is also critical to provide ODOT with a guideline that ensures high quality product installation that mitigate and manages risks associated with HDD.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $30141.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Ohio Department of Transportation

    Research Program
    1980 West Broad Street
    Columbus, OH  United States  43223
  • Project Managers:

    Landefeld, Craig

  • Performing Organizations:

    Bowling Green State University

    1001 East Wooster
    Bowling Green, OH  United States  43403-0001
  • Start Date: 20111006
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130206
  • Source Data: RiP Project 32526

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01484631
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 24609, 134628
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2013 1:01AM