GUIDANCE FOR HORIZONTAL DIRECTIONAL DRILLING

The ParaTrack Advantage

STEERING • TRACKING • SURVEYING • PRESSURE • REAMING

ParaTrack is a complete horizontal directional drilling guidance system for tracking and surveying pilot bores, rapidly scaling up or down in capabilities according to the needs of each project. 

Now in its 20th year, no other large-scale horizontal drilling and boring tracking system offers more flexibility or drills more footage than ParaTrack.

PARATRACK STEERING TOOL

The ParaTrack Steering Tool is the heart of the Vector Magnetics Suite of HDD tools, performing three essential roles:

  • Provides real-time toolface to the driller, allowing the borehole to be drilled directionally.
  • Surveys borehole position magnetically.
  • Receives signals from other ParaTrack Guidance sources.

Borehole location may be determined via Steering Tool surveys alone, however “un-guided” steering like this does not generally provide the precision required of modern horizontally drilled product installations as survey data compounds in error as total drilling length increases.

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PARATRACK2 WIRE GUIDANCE

Vector Magnetics provides a number of solutions that improve the accuracy with which the location of the borehole may be tracked.

ParaTrack2 AC wire guidance is the gold standard in HDD pilot bore locating. P2 places a light-gauge wire on surface or in an adjacent pilot bore or shut-down installation. The wire’s position is surveyed and therefore known with a high degree of certainty. While the bore is drilled underneath or parallel to the P2 wire, the new borehole position is verified via magnetic signal by referencing this known point, with locating accuracy of 2% distance between wire and probe and depth capabilities extending to nearly 1,500’.

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BEACON TRACKER SYSTEM

When surface terrain or development makes laying a P2 wire impractical, the Beacon Tracker System is available as a mobile unit that can be hand-carried to the locating position, while providing tracking precision on-par with the ParaTrack2 Guide Wire. Available in two sizes with ranges of up to 300 and 800’.

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PARATRACK GYRO MODULE

When it comes to HDD, nothing is more important than placing the product line within the defined right of way. As HDD has emerged as the preferred method of completing large crossings, projects have pushed the technological limits of surveying and tracking methods.

Whether the issue is interference from heavy surface development or extended crossings where secondary verification systems are impossible to use, project risks are escalating every year.

The ParaTrack Gyro Module provides the confidence to drill ahead – no matter where your projects take you.

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AT BIT INCLINATION ASSEMBLY

Maintaining radius is a critical part of the HDD pilot hole operation. Yet most projects continue to be drilled with traditional survey tools located up to 30’ behind the bit. This lag between steering decisions and the measurement of results may cause a costly break in radius or later complicate the reaming process as the driller struggles to respond to uncertain build and drop rates.

The At-Bit Inclination Assembly (ABIA) is the industry’s only tool for monitoring inclination in real-time, directly at the bit – improving project outcomes across the board.

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PRESSURE MODULE

As crossings more frequently traverse environmentally sensitive areas, the HDD industry is subject to ever-growing scrutiny; monitoring, logging, and retaining records of borehole and annular pressures is increasingly a requirement.

The Pressure Module is available as an affordable add-on that minimizes the risks of inadvertent returns and provides documentation that required pressure limits have been observed.

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PRESSURE GRAVITY TOOL

Completion of the pilot bore is only phase 1 of a multi-faceted operation. When the reaming phase begins, ParaTrack continues to provide vital down-hole data via the Pressure Gravity Tool – a probe stripped-down and simplified for the unique demands of reaming.

Paired with a Pressure Module and drill-string pressure sub, the PGT monitors real-time pipe and annular pressures as well as reamer RPM, improving reaming performance and reliability.

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GUIDANCE FOR HORIZONTAL DIRECTIONAL DRILLING

STEERING • TRACKING • SURVEYING • PRESSURE • REAMING

ParaTrack is a complete horizontal directional drilling guidance system for tracking and surveying pilot bores, rapidly scaling up or down in capabilities according to the needs of each project. 

Now in its 20th year, no other large-scale horizontal drilling and boring tracking system offers more flexibility or drills more footage than ParaTrack.

The ParaTrack Steering Tool is the heart of the Vector Magnetics Suite of HDD tools, performing three essential roles:

  • Provides real-time toolface to the driller, allowing the borehole to be drilled directionally.
  • Surveys borehole position magnetically.
  • Receives signals from other ParaTrack Guidance sources.

Borehole location may be determined via Steering Tool surveys alone, however “un-guided” steering like this does not generally provide the precision required of modern horizontally drilled product installations as survey data compounds in error as total drilling length increases.

PARATRACK STEERING TOOL

Learn More

PARATRACK2 WIRE GUIDANCE

Vector Magnetics provides a number of solutions that improve the accuracy with which the location of the borehole may be tracked.

ParaTrack2 AC wire guidance is the gold standard in HDD pilot bore locating. P2 places a light-gauge wire on surface or in an adjacent pilot bore or shut-down installation. The wire’s position is surveyed and therefore known with a high degree of certainty. While the bore is drilled underneath or parallel to the P2 wire, the new borehole position is verified via magnetic signal by referencing this known point, with locating accuracy of 2% distance between wire and probe and depth capabilities extending to nearly 1,500’.

Learn More

When surface terrain or development makes laying a P2 wire impractical, the Beacon Tracker System is available as a mobile unit that can be hand-carried to the locating position, while providing tracking precision on-par with the ParaTrack2 Guide Wire. Available in two sizes with ranges of up to 300 and 800’.

Learn More

BEACON TRACKER SYSTEM

PARATRACK GYRO MODULE

Learn More

When it comes to HDD, nothing is more important than placing the product line within the defined right of way. As HDD has emerged as the preferred method of completing large crossings, projects have pushed the technological limits of surveying and tracking methods.

Whether the issue is interference from heavy surface development or extended crossings where secondary verification systems are impossible to use, project risks are escalating every year.

The ParaTrack Gyro Module provides the confidence to drill ahead – no matter where your projects take you.

Maintaining radius is a critical part of the HDD pilot hole operation. Yet most projects continue to be drilled with traditional survey tools located up to 30’ behind the bit. This lag between steering decisions and the measurement of results may cause a costly break in radius or later complicate the reaming process as the driller struggles to respond to uncertain build and drop rates.

The At-Bit Inclination Assembly (ABIA) is the industry’s only tool for monitoring inclination in real-time, directly at the bit – improving project outcomes across the board.

Learn More

AT BIT INCLINATION ASSEMBLY

As crossings more frequently traverse environmentally sensitive areas, the HDD industry is subject to ever-growing scrutiny; monitoring, logging, and retaining records of borehole and annular pressures is increasingly a requirement.

The Pressure Module is available as an affordable add-on that minimizes the risks of inadvertent returns and provides documentation that required pressure limits have been observed.

PRESSURE MODULE

Learn More

PRESSURE GRAVITY TOOL

Learn More

Completion of the pilot bore is only phase 1 of a multi-faceted operation. When the reaming phase begins, ParaTrack continues to provide vital down-hole data via the Pressure Gravity Tool – a probe stripped-down and simplified for the unique demands of reaming.

Paired with a Pressure Module and drill-string pressure sub, the PGT monitors real-time pipe and annular pressures as well as reamer RPM, improving reaming performance and reliability.

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