Bits ‘n Pieces – The Driller’s Blog

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.

Recent Posts

Choosing Core Bit Configurations: Discharge Options

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Feb 27, 2017 11:15:00 AM


In this blog we will continue to try and demystify how to choose a core bit configurations. A few weeks ago, we tackled the role of waterways and now we will look at discharge options. Remember that picking the right core bit is an important decision that impacts drilling performance and you need to consider several variables.

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Topics: How to choose equipment

Large Diameter Single Tube Core Barrel Saves the Day

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Feb 20, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Sometimes I like to write about how a customer may have solved a particular drilling problem. Like a brainstorm, learning about one company’s ideas can inspire others to find different solutions. So today’s blog is about how we helped a customer in the USA come up with a solution to their drilling challenge.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

Core Matrix Troubleshooting: Overly Exposed Diamonds

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Feb 13, 2017 10:30:00 AM


We’ve talked a lot in previous blogs about the importance of choosing the right core bit and the right core bit configuration, so I think it is time we talk about getting the most out of your core bit. There are many variables that can cause a really good core bit to underperform. It can be a change in ground conditions, drilling parameter or simply lack of experience.  One of the best ways to determine what is off is to examine the wear profile of your bit crown and change drilling parameters if necessary.

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Topics: Tips on common drilling issues, Basic drilling information

5 New Fitness Trends for 2017

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Feb 6, 2017 10:30:00 AM

So the holidays have been over for at over a month now but the gyms are still packed with people trying to work off the extra holiday pounds. We all know drilling is hard work so many drillers like to hit the gym or get outdoors to exercise. If the same old routine is getting boring, here are 6 of the newest fitness trends to check out in 2017.

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

DD Xpress and SAND Xpress: Logistics’ Best Friends

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 30, 2017 11:01:57 AM

Most drillers are well aware of how the use of drilling fluid additives can improve drilling performance in many ways. From improving core recovery to extending the life of drilling tools, drilling fluid additives have proven themselves.

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Topics: Drilling mud, fluids and additives

The Role of Waterways in Configurations: 3 Factors to Consider

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 23, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Choosing a core bit configuration has always been considered to be a bit of a mystery, right up there with how to choose the right core bit. Because there are so many to choose from, drillers usually stick to a few of their favourites for as long as they provide good performance. When performance starts to suffer, they need to try something new.

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Topics: How to choose equipment

An 8th Reason to Choose GeoHawk Products for Geotechnical Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 16, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Back in November 2015, we published a blog offering 7 reasons why Geohawk products were a good choice for geotechnical drilling. As we have said in various blogs, selecting the right core bit can be a complex decision that must take into account many variables. Often geotechnical or environmental drillers will choose the same core bits as diamond drillers and this can be a mistake.

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Topics: Geotechnical drilling

Roundup 2017 – Discover DD Xpress and our Case Study

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 9, 2017 10:31:05 AM

Roundup 2017 is just around the corner and we are hoping to see you all there at our booth # 1103-1105. We’d love to chat and let you know about a new product that we are excited about.
DD Xpress is a new all-in-one product that requires no pre-mixing – you simply measure your quantity and add it to water. The product eliminates the need to follow a specific recipe. It protects against rod wear, rust and polymer build-up while extending tool life. What’s more, it is environmentally friendly and can be transported by air.

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Topics: Upcoming events

Happy 2017 to our readers

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 2, 2017 10:29:00 AM


Our team at Fordia did not make any new year’s resolutions, but we did make a promise to continue bringing you information that we think you want to see, and topics you want to read about. We also invite you to share your concerns and questions with us. If you have a topic we haven’t covered, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

The Year in Review

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Dec 26, 2016 10:28:00 AM

Last year at this time, we were just starting to publish our blogs and guides. Since the start of 2016, I am pleased to have published 51 blogs and 10 guides, some of them in 2 or 3 languages.

We also produced 1 video and 4 case studies. We also decided to extend our social media presence to include Facebook and Twitter.

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Topics: Beyond drilling - other topics of interest

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