Cleaning up Their Act
The blood of most horizontal directional drilling (HDD) projects is drilling fluid and keeping that fluid flowing to the drill falls to the mud pump. In a perfect world where cost is no object and environmental concerns are nil, a contractor would mix new batches of fluid as the pumps ran low. This, however, is not the case and contractors look for ways to reclaim the spoils, filter out as much muck as possible and reintroduce the newly cleaned fluid to the bore. This task falls on the mud cleaning system, a series of pumps, shakers, screens and cones that come in a variety of configurations from smaller single shaker setups to behemoth five shaker setups. Manufacturers make systems for any size job.