8:30 – 9:25 a.m.
HDD Contractors Roundtable
Boyd Simon, P.E., Spartan Directional; Travis Vander Wert, Max HDD
An annual audience favorite, select HDD contractors will discuss current industry issues, concerns and needs in an interactive format.

9:30 – 9:55 a.m.
Converging HDD Technologies Expand Opportunities
Speakers: Matthew Patterson and Reid Caspary, Sharewell HDD; Dan Ombalski, P.E., Ellingson DTD
An engaging case study about overcoming many challenges to achieve a successful bore using gyroscopic steering (GST) and HDD tools that allow the navigation and installation of environmental wells in single-ended boreholes. It will also give attendees an opportunity to reflect on other specialty applications of HDD to grow our industry.

10:00 – 10:55 a.m.
HDD Contractors Small Rigs Roundtable
Moderator: Mark Foulon, Vermeer Texas-Louisiana 
Panelists: Don Riggs, Future Infrastructure; Josh Tucker, Online Directional Boring LP; Jim Watland, Watland, Custom Underground LLC
This new Roundtable focuses on the small rig market and the challenges faced by contractors as the pressure to build out the nation’s fiber networks, at record speed, continues. Plus, the electric and water markets are intensifying, as well.