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Rod McCoremick

Rod is a drilling guru with umpteen years of experience in both mineral exploration and geotechnical drilling. He has worked on almost every continent and when he is not sharing his know-how by blog, you can find him hanging out with the R&D gang or the tech crew.

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Drilling in Hard Rock

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Feb 5, 2019 11:00:00 AM

In a previous blog, we discussed some of the issues you encounter when drilling in soft rock. This time, we’ll look at the opposite end of the spectrum: hard rock. Hard rock is defined as being over 6 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Common types of hard rock included kimberlite, granite, chert, quartz and silicified rock.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, Tips on common drilling issues

Dos and Don'ts for Soft Rock Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 22, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Drilling in soft rock is not always a walk in the park. Oftentimes, we associate hard rock as the type of ground that is most difficult to drill in. This is true, and we will address those issues in an upcoming blog. However, soft rock as its own set of challenges. Let’s look at soft rock and how you can avoid problems and be more productive.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, Tips on common drilling issues

6 Questions for Rod McCoremick: Diamond Drilling Veteran

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

We’re taking some time during this holiday season to chat with Rod McCoremick, our resident blogger, about how he came to be a diamond driller. Leveraging his more than 20 years in the industry, Rod is an old-hand who has been writing about the challenges of the industry, and providing tips, advice and general information we think would be of interest to the diamond drilling community.

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest, Basic drilling information

More Diamond Drillers’ Cocktails

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Dec 24, 2018 9:30:00 AM

The holidays have arrived and many of us will have some time to celebrate with friends and family. Whether you’ve had a rough time dealing with core washout, or drilling in sandy conditions, the holiday period is a time to put those thoughts away and relax and enjoy some good food and drink.

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

Hero 5 Abrasive: A Bit That Lasts Longer and Cuts Consistently

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Dec 10, 2018 10:30:00 AM

In order to accomplish our corporate goal of improving drilling performance, our engineering team develops new core bits that address particular drilling challenges. Rock abrasiveness is a common challenge faced by many diamond drillers. Abrasiveness can wear down bits prematurely, regardless of the hardness of the ground.

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Topics: How to choose equipment, Basic drilling information

How to Stabilize Your Core Barrel

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 26, 2018 11:01:00 AM

When the geologist has given you a specific target to reach with your bore hole, many of them will make specific requests that a hole proceed in a very straight direction for a certain number of meters. A lot will be riding on your ability to get there without your bore hole deviating. Most diamond drillers know that preventing bore hole deviation is a lot easier than having to correct once it’s gone off the trajectory. One way to avoid the risk of deviation is to stabilize your core barrel before you start drilling and you do this by changing some of the equipment you usually use.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

8 Tips for Increasing Productivity in Diamond Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 12, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Diamond drilling is all about productivity. Drillers and the companies they work for are all interested in finding ways to increase productivity. Sometimes, one major issue will have a negative impact on drilling productivity, and fixing it is all it takes. Sometimes, productivity is improved by tweaking a bunch of little things. If you adjust several things, the results can make a big difference. So this blog looks at x tips for increasing your productivity.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

A New Guide for Diamond Drillers on Bore Hole Deviation

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM

It’s kind of inevitable that, like death and taxes, you will have to deal with borehole deviation at some point in your drilling career. Bore holes are rarely straight and the further down you go, the more likely the chance of your hole going off the chosen trajectory. This can be quite a problem if the geologist needs to hit a particular ore body. And the fact of the matter is that many of the ore deposits near the surface have already been depleted so you need to drill deeper.

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Topics: Tips on common drilling issues, How to choose equipment

Why You Should Consider a Water Treatment System at Core Shacks

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Oct 22, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Our water treatment system Eddy has been doing well at drilling sites across the globe, including Mexico, and Northern Quebec. I’ve written about some of the successes we have had in helping customers go green and reduce water consumption. I love seeing how one product can be used successfully in different applications, and this is the case with Eddy, as new uses for water treatment are coming out.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

10 More Drilling Terms Every Diamond Driller Should Know

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Oct 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Over the course of the time I’ve been writing this blog, I have written about acronyms in the diamond drilling world as well as terms and jargon that drillers should know. As time goes on, more and more young drillers are joining the industry. I often get requests about learning more about diamond drilling and knowing the terminology is part of that. This blog includes a list of additional terms that newcomers may not know but should know.

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Topics: Basic drilling information



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