Includes a three-day session on directinal Drilling at Astec's corporate headquarters - providing a realistic job site.

American Augers, Inc. has announced its 35th trenchless technology seminar, its first since becoming part of the Astec, Inc. family of companies. The seminar will be held March 12-14 in Chattanooga, TN. The seminar will include a three day session on directional drilling at Astec's corporate headquarters, where a new building will be underway providing a realistic job site.

Rock formations pose a major challenge to directional drillers. In order to drill in rock, many techniques have to be modified and special tools are required. One such tool is the mud motor, a device that changes the flow of drilling fluid into mechanical movement that can turn carbide or diamond cutters. Navigating the drill through rock also requires special equipment and knowledge. The seminar will offer no-nonsense information about evaluating soil conditions, choosing downhole tooling, locating and navigating, mud sampling and testing, and control of solids in the mud. In addition, the seminar will discuss selection of drill rigs, and care and selection of drill pipe. All of these topics are important in rock drilling.

Experts from industry suppliers are scheduled to participate. They will make presentations and be available after class for an informal question and answer sessions.

For enrollment information contact Gary H. Stewart, merchandising manager, or Mona Stutzman, merchandizing assistant at American Augers, Inc., 135 US Route 42, PO Box 814, West Salem, OH 44287. Call 419-869-7107 or fax 419-869-7425. Visit Web site at or e-mail to