Maxi - HDD
Typical Maxi-HDD Geometry
(Source: Outside Plant Consulting Services, Inc.)
ASTM International F1962, Standard Guide for Use of Maxi-Horizontal Directional Drilling for Placement of Polyethylene Pipe or Conduit Under
Obstacles, Including River Crossings
, provides recommended procedures for the placement of PE pipe using maxi-HDD.
The ASTM International document provides overall guidelines, addressing preliminary site investigation, safety and environmental
considerations, regulations and damage prevention, bore path layout and design, implementation, and inspection and
site cleanup. One of the significant contributions of ASTM International F1962 is the provision of a rational, analytical method
for selecting the polyethylene pipe strength based upon the estimated installation and post-installation (operational)
loads on the polyethylene pipe. Thus, ASTM International F 1962 provides a means of determining project feasibility, as well as initial design information.
While ASTM International F1962 may be purchased from the ASTM International website (www.ASTM.org), the overall guidelines, including preliminary
investigation and implementation procedures, as well as the detailed design methodology for selection of the proper
pipe strength, are reflected in Chapter 12 of the Plastic Pipe Institute (PPI) Handbook of Polyethylene Pipe
is readily available at www.plasticpipe.org/pdf/chapter12.pdf
In addition, the ASTM International F1962 methodology is now available in a free online tool designated as