PDH Luncheon: Large Diameter Pipeline Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDPE) Design Tips, Advantages and Practical Applications

This month we will be partnering with the ASCE Broward Branch at FAU to hear a presentation from the ASCE Florida Section – 2022 Project of the Year – Fort Lauderdale Redundant Forcemain.

Meeting Location: Majestic Palm Room, FAU Student Union, 1995 Dade Ave # 1973, Boca Raton, FL 33431


Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is a steerable, trenchless method of installing underground pipe, conduit, or cable along a prescribed bore path by using a drilling rig. This presentation will provide an overview of the basic understanding of large diameter HDD, provide information for designing horizontal drilling projects, and valuable tips for minimizing risk during construction.

Daniel Davila, P.E.

Daniel Davila, P.E. is the Director of Water and Sewer for Chen Moore and Associates. He has a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Florida and has worked on large scale utility infrastructure projects in Florida, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Saudi Arabia and Peru. He has designed over a hundred miles of pipeline infrastructure for projects funded by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank to bring water and sanitation infrastructure to developing countries.

He has worked with private and public clients that range from utility owners, private developers, municipalities, counties, and federal agencies. Mr. Davila has an expertise in large diameter pipelines including replacement and rehabilitation of infrastructure via Trenchless Technologies having worked on dozens of horizontal directional drills, pipe bursting, slip lining and swage lining projects in Florida and abroad. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Florida Engineering Society (FES), North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) & Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

In January 2022, Marc Gambrill joined HDR as a Senior Aviation Program Manager.  Gambrill most recently served as the chief development officer for Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and North Perry Airport, leading project management, planning, environmental, design and construction efforts for the facilities.  As an accredited airport executive who has helped oversee more than $1.6 billion of projects, Gambrill understands the challenges airport leadership face on a daily basis. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood is annually among the busiest airports in the U.S. and in 2020 was among the top 15 airports in the nation by enplanements. Marc has a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology, a Master’s of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Tufts University, and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Florida Atlantic University. In May 2014, Marc received his Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) from American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) which further enhanced his knowledge in the aviation industry. In his free time, Marc is an avid triathlete and competes in IronMan competitions across the United States.


Download this event’s PDH Certificate here. (PDH certificates are organized by last name)