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Meade Creek Horizontal Directional Drilling Pipeline Project

Sheridan County, Wyoming

Sheridan Field Office

The Mead-Coffeen Horizontal Directional Drilling project is located in section 8, township 53 north, range 83 west at Story, Wyoming. The purpose of the project is to convey Mead-Coffeen Canal irrigation water from an inlet elevation of 5052.0 to an outlet elevation of 4887.0 within a horizontal distance of 680 feet thus eliminating an eroding head cut and reducing downstream sediment transport in the irrigation canal. The sediments that have deposited downstream in the canal have caused problems for downstream irrigators. Sediments from this head cut can wear out nozzles on sprinkler systems, build up behind irrigation turnouts, settle out in irrigation pipelines, and clog field ditches.  In the past water was transferred from the canal through a tunnel that had been lined with a Corrugated Metal Pipe (CMP). The pipe lined tunnel has been failing for several years, from the outlet end, creating a head cut within this reach of the irrigation canal.  The alternative selected was to replace the failing Corrugated Metal Pipe (CMP) lined tunnel with a 22" diameter High Density Polyethylene Pipe (HDPE) pipeline. This HDPE pipeline is installed immediately east of the existing inlet. The proposed pipeline will carry 40 cfs.  The inlet structure to the pipeline consists of a new 21.0 cubic yard box inlet structure with a fabricated trash rack.  Construction began in November, 2007.
 

Photographs Prior to Construction

Old Inlet Structre
Old Inlet Structure

22
22" HDPE (High Density
Polyethylene)

22
22" HDPE (High Density
Polyethylene) Pipe

Vemeer Horizontal Drilling Rig
Vemeer Horizontal
Drilling Rig

Existing Outlet/Headcut
Existing Outlet/
Headcut

22
 

 

 

 

 22" HDPE (High
Density Polyethylene)
Pipe

Initial Setup at Proposed Inlet
 

 

 

 

 Initial Setup at
Proposed Inlet

New Drilling Stem
New Drilling Stem

22
22" (High Density
Polyethylene)
HDPE Pipe

Reaming Bit
Reaming Bit

Reaming Bits
Reaming Bits


Pipeline Route Looking
Towards Outlet


 

Photographs During Construction

Drill Head for Pilot Hole
Drill Head for Pilot Hole

Drill Setup at Inlet Location
Drill Rig Setup at New Inlet Location 

Pump Setup
Pumping Setup

Drilling Machine in Operation
Drilling Machine in
Operation

Drilling Machine Control Panel
Drilling Machine Control
Panel
 

Beginning of Boring the Pilot Hole
Beginning of Boring the
Pilot Hole


Bentonite Mix
 

New Drill Stem Inserted into Drilling Machine
New Drill Stem Inserted into Drilling Machine

Sensor Initialization
Sensor Initialization

Drilling Sensor
Drilling Sensor

Sensor Screen
Sensor Screen

Instrument Sensor
Instrument Sensor at Current Boring Location Near Inlet

Small Reamer Bit Exit at Outlet
Small Reamer Bit Exit
at Outlet

Transmitting Sensor Installed
Transmitting Sensor Installed

Drill Stem on Drill Rig
 

 

 

 

Drill Stem on Drill
Rig

New Drill Stem Being Loaded
 

 

 

 

New Drill Stem Being Loaded

Water Delivery System for Bentonite Mix
Water Delivery System
for Bentonite Mix

Drilling Machine
Drilling Machine
 

Loading drill stem
Loading drill stem


Large Reaming Bit
Attached at Outlet

Large Reaming Bit Expelling Drilling Fluid
Large Reaming Bit
Expelling Drilling Fluid
 

Large Reaming Bit Pulled Back at Inlet
Large Reaming Bit
Pulled Back at Inlet

Fusion Machine
Fusion Machine

Pipe Joint Loaded into Fusion Machine
Pipe Joint Loaded into
Fusion Machine

Pipe Joint  Fusion
Pipe Joint Fusion

Pipe Joint Fusion
Pipe Joint Fusion

Pipe Joint Fusion
Pipe Joint Fusion

Pipe Joint Fusion
Pipe Joint Fusion

Pipe Joint Fusion
Pipe Joint Fusion

Multiple Pipe Joints Fused Together
Multiple Pipe Joints
Fused Together

Pipe Joint Fusion
Pipe Joint Fusion

Pipe Joint Fusion
Pipe Joint Fusion

Pipe End Cap Fused for Pullback
Pipe End Cap Fused for
Pullback

Floor & Footing Steel of Inlet Structure
Floor & Footing Steel of
Inlet Structure

Concrete Poiur of Floor and Footingl of Inlet Structure
Concrete Pour for Floor and Footing

Floor & Footing Steel of Inlet Structure
Floor & Footing Steel of
Inlet Structure

Floor & Footing Steel of Inlet Structure
Floor & Footing Steel of
Inlet Structure

Floor & Footing Steel of Inlet Structure
 

 

 

 

 Inlet Structure Steel
and Forms

Inlet Structure Steel and Forms
 

 

 

 

 Inlet Structure Steel
and Forms

Inlet Structure Steel and Forms
 

 

 

 

 Inlet Structure Steel
and Forms

Inlet Structure Steel and Forms
Inlet Structure Steel
and Forms

Inlet Structure Steel and Forms
Inlet Structure Steel
and Forms

Inlet Structure Steel and Forms
Inlet Structure Steel
and Forms

Concrete Pumper
Concrete Pumper

Concrete Mix Discharge
Concrete Mix Discharge

Concrete Mix Discharge
Concrete Mix Discharge

Concrete Testing
Concrete Testing

Concrete Testing
Concrete Testing

Concrete Testing
Concrete Testing

Concrete Pumper
Concrete Pumper

Concrete Pumped Into Inlet Structure
Concrete Pumped Into
Inlet Structure

Concrete Pumped Into Inlet Structure
Concrete Pumped Into
Inlet Structure

Concrete Pumped Into Inlet Structure
Concrete Pumped Into
Inlet Structure

Concrete Pumped Into Inlet Structure
Concrete Pumped Into
Inlet Structure

Concrete Pumped Into Inlet Structure
Concrete Pumped Into
Inlet Structure

Concrete Pumped Into Inlet Structure
Concrete Pumped Into
Inlet Structure

Concrete Pumped Into Inlet Structure
Concrete Pumped Into
Inlet Structure

Concrete Pumped Into Inlet Structure
Concrete Pumped Into
Inlet Structure

Concrete Pumped Into
Concrete Pumped Into
Inlet Structure

Concrete Pumped Into Inlet Structure
Concrete Pumped Into
Inlet Structure

Final Placement of Concrete Into Forms of Inlet Structure
Completed Concrete
Pour Into Inlet Structure Forms

Final Placement of Concrete Into Forms of Inlet Structure
Completed Concrete
Pour Into Inlet Structure Forms

Fabricated Trash Rack
Fabricated Trash Rack

Concrete Inlet Structure
Inlet Structure

Concrete Inlet Structure
Inlet Structure

Concrete Inlet Structure
Inlet Structure

Concrete Inlet Structure
Inlet Structure

Concrete Inlet Structure
Inlet Structure

Outlet Structure
Outlet Structure

Outlet Structure
Outlet Structure