Vermeer Navigator HDD Simulator

Risk Free Learning

Vermeer’s HDD Simulator allows operators to learn HDD fundamentals without the risks and dangers that comes with live drilling.

Course Content

  • Drilling Theory
  • Drill Fluids
  • Soil Types
  • Drill Safety
  • Bore Planning
  • Carve Steering
  • Reamers/Pullback

Practice Mode

Using virtual reality, the operator can practice drilling out a 200′ bore that will give them a score after they finish. They will complete two practice bores and one evaluation. This evaluation is a 400′ bore that counts towards your certificate of completion. Each operator will get a total of 800′ drilled out and will receive a grading on both practices and the one evaluation.

This course will grade you on rotating the magnets, gearbox float, dropping your rod row, greasing your threads, counter rotation, and pitch accuracy.

How Long Will It Take?

It takes on average about 4-5 hours per trainee. So it is safe to say you can have 2 trainees complete the course in 1 day. In about a week you can get about 10 people to complete the course.

Who is This Meant For?

This simulator can be used for any operator, owner, foreman, or anyone else in the HDD business no matter their experience. There is always something to learn when it comes to HDD. New operators learn about what drilling is and how to do it, where operators with more experience learn new techniques and bad habits they may have.

Where Is The Training Held?

The Vermeer HDD Simulator can be delivered anywhere in the Vermeer Midwest territory. The simulator is inside a trailer that has air conditioning and heating, along with an instructor who can help you with any HDD Simulator needs.

What Is The Cost?

At Vermeer Midwest Stores:

  • $500 per person for one day (2 person limit per day)

At your business:

  • $2500 for one week 
    • An additional $650 each day an instructor is needed to be there.
  • $5000 for one week with instructor (includes an 8 hour class, simulator practice sessions, 4 person max)

* This includes delivery and air conditioning and heating in trailer.


HDD Tooling Specialist

Keatin Martin
Central IL

HDD Tooling Specialist

Doug Hicks

HDD Tooling Specialist

Paul Prunty

HDD Tooling Specialist

Rob Postmus

HDD Tooling Specialist

Bob Fox

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