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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

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

How Do You Pick Your Matrix?

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Oct 30, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Picking the right diamond tool for your drilling project is a topic we’ve covered before in a lot of detail. We’ve written blogs and guides on how to choose the right core bit and the right configuration for that core bit. Oftentimes, our guides include a matrix selection chart to help drillers choose the right core bit depending on the hardness of the ground on Mohs scale.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

Protect Your Core in Core Wrap

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Oct 16, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Subscribers who have been reading this blog for a while know that I am a big fan of drilling additives.  When you are drilling in difficult conditions, drilling fluid additives can really help improve drilling performance. There are additives that are great for most conditions and other that were developed for specific ground conditions like sand or clay.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

RC Drilling: The Art of Saving a Drill String

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Oct 9, 2019 10:45:00 PM

We did a blog not long ago comparing reverse circulation drilling compared to diamond drilling, examining the ways in which they differ and are similar. One area where they are similar is the challenge that drillers face when equipment becomes stuck in a hole.  Equipment that is stuck is always bad news as it stalls operations and lower productivity. We’ve done a few blogs on stuck equipment in diamond drilling, so let’s look at the world of RC drilling.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

DiscovOre: A Different Core Barrel System

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Oct 2, 2019 10:30:00 AM

When I talk about new products in this blog, I hate to overpromise. I like to think I provide fair information about what a new product does and why it was developed. The DiscovOre is a new core barrel system that I think really is something different… maybe even revolutionary. It addresses two big issues for drillers, safety and productivity.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

4 Good Reasons Why Diamond Drillers Need an Aquaguard

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Sep 18, 2019 11:30:00 AM

One of the most challenging ground formations for diamond drilling is fractured ground. When drilling in highly fractured or broken ground, you run the risk of hitting a void or large fracture and having your drill water escape through that fault. Similarly, in an underground drilling environment, groundwater is often unexpectedly encountered in the drill hole. Extremely high flow rates and pressures are not uncommon.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

Drilling Additives for RC Drilling – Yes, We Have Them

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Sep 4, 2019 10:30:00 AM

We’ve written many blogs on drilling fluid additives and how they can make a dramatic improvement in drilling performance. In diamond drilling applications, additives can lubricate your equipment, reduce rust and wear and tear on parts, all of which can result in longer life.

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

The OWL Fishing Tool:  How Low Can You Go?

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Aug 21, 2019 10:30:00 AM

While many diamond drillers enjoy fishing in their spare time, no one wants to go fishing on the job. Fishing is the process of removing down-hole equipment that has become stuck, lost, or broken off in the hole. It means that operations have ground to a stop and your productivity is being affected.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

4 Reasons Why Our New Web Site is Good News for Drillers

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Aug 7, 2019 11:30:00 AM

Some of the things that have made Fordia successful are our customer service and our willingness to listen to customers. Our goal is make driller’s’ lives easier and that applies to every part of their work life. Our new web site was recently revamped and one of the goals was to make it a better resource for our drilling community. How did we do that, you may ask?

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

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