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Agenda Set for 2017 HDD Academy
Plan to Attend the Premier Conference for Owners, Regulators, Contractors and Engineers

Arizona State University’s Del E. Webb School of Construction and Benjamin Media Inc. will host the third annual Horizontal Directional Drilling Academy (HDD Academy), the premier conference for all levels of stakeholders within the utility pipeline industry including owners, regulators, contractors and engineers. 
The 2017 HDD Academy will take place Feb. 13-14, at the Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe. Arizona State University will award 1.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion of the course. Registration is limited in order to provide quality networking with HDD industry leaders and maintain a low student-instructor ratio. 

The goal of the HDD Academy is to establish an annual learning platform for owners, regulators, contractors and engineers focusing on the options and opportunities for future utility pipeline projects. With that in mind, the academy’s technical sessions are divided into two focus areas: “Pre-Construction, Design, and Material Selection” and “Construction and Operations.” The conference closes with stakeholder roundtable discussions. For the complete agenda, visit hddacdemy.com/agenda. 

To date, supporting associations include the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), Pipeline Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC), International Pipeline and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA), Arizona Utility Contractors Association (AZUCA) and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Event sponsors to date include American Augers, Derrick, Digital Control Inc., Ditch Witch, Herrenknecht Tunneling Systems, Underground Solutions an AEGION company and Vermeer.

Last year’s conference sold out and brought together more than 100 HDD experts to Tempe, all of whom were interested in gaining knowledge about HDD and networking with HDD professionals. Registration for members of supporting associations is $1,095 through Jan. 2, 2017 and $1,195 after. Non-member registration fees are $1,395 and $1,495 respectively. 

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Brittany cline at 330-467-7588 or email bcline@benjaminmedia.com. For all other registration related questions, contact Benjamin Media, Inc. at 330-467-7588 or email conferences@benjaminmedia.com.