Bits ‘n Pieces – The Driller’s Blog

Blocked Core in Dry Hole Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Mar 11, 2020 2:00:00 PM

In our last blog, we looked at the expression “pushing a block”, what it meant and why drillers should never try to advance in a hole when the core is blocked. However, in many parts of the world, especially where dry hole drilling is common, or when the hole is very deep, different advice and procedures should be followed. We are going to look at these different situations and the recommended procedures.

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Topics: Tips on common drilling issues, Basic drilling information

Diamond Drilling 101: Pushing a Block

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Feb 26, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Like many other industries, diamond drilling has its own language. I’ve done a few blogs about the acronyms and the terminology that newcomers to the industry should know. There are always a few expressions that don’t get onto a list and “pushing a block” is one of them.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

It's Time for Another PDAC

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Feb 12, 2020 12:27:37 PM

PDAC 2020 is in a few short weeks and companies in the mining and mineral exploration business have kicked into high gear preparing for it. The PDAC is the largest exploration event every year and an excellent opportunity to launch new products, videos and promotions. This year’s version will be taking place from March 1 to 4, 2020 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada.

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Topics: Upcoming events

How Foundex Fell in Love with the KF40

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 29, 2020 11:00:00 AM

The Fordia technical team spends a lot of time visiting drill sites where they answer questions, fix problems and suggest equipment. I love when I hear that a customer was happy with a recommendation and got good results. That’s what happened with Foundex, a Canadian, employee-owned company headquartered in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

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What You Need to Know to Pick Your Next Best Pump

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 15, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Pumps are an essential piece of equipment on a diamond drilling site. They are responsible for getting water to the site and for lubricating the bore hole and flushing drill cuttings. For efficient operations, you will need a pump that will produce the same flow at a given speed, so drillers choose positive displacement pumps. Your pump also needs to be reliable so that operations do not stop. When you need to get a new pump, there are several important questions you need to ask yourself.

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Topics: How to choose equipment

How to Carry Heavy on a Drill Site

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Dec 30, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Oftentimes, while I am visiting a customer, I will see a new helper struggling to carry some of the heavy loads that are common on the drill site. Additive pails, core boxes filled with core – they all weigh a lot.  This happens to young guys who are fit and train often at the gym and they are annoyed and puzzled by how hard it is to carry heavy things.

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

Matrix Drilling Tries Core Wrap

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Dec 11, 2019 11:57:39 AM

The launch of a new product for diamond drilling can be an interesting time. Along with logistics and marketing efforts, the technical team is eager to have customers try a new product. We do a lot testing before a launch but as we all know, drilling conditions can vary enormously from one drill site to another. So we are really happy and a little bit relieved when we suggest a new product to a customer and they get great results.

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Topics: Drilling mud, fluids and additives, Basic drilling information

National Scores Big with the DiscovOre System

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 20, 2019 2:00:00 PM

The launch of the DiscovOre system generated a lot of buzz in the drilling world. Drilling companies are all happy to hear about a new product that claimed to improve safety at the same time as productivity. Companies committed to improving worksite safety were eager to try a core barrel that eliminated or improved safety issues while at the same time improving efficiency.

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November is Time to Grow a Mo

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 13, 2019 3:52:08 PM

It’s moustache season. November is Movember time, when we are all asked to grow a moustache to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide.

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The Simplest Way to Configure Your RC Drill String

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 6, 2019 11:00:00 AM

When we wrote a blog a little while ago comparing RC drilling to diamond drilling, one of the things that we didn’t mention was that there is little standardization in RC drilling. Unlike diamond drilling, most of the parts that make up a drill string are not compatible with parts from other manufacturers. This means that configuring, or choosing the types of equipment you need, can be complex and difficult.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment



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