Bits ‘n Pieces – The Driller’s Blog

A New Geotechnical Drill Rig with Muscle

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jul 31, 2017 2:30:00 AM

I’ve got a new product to announce for our friends in geotechnical drilling: the GT8 rig from Versadrill. We recently got to try out this new hydraulic, geotechnical drill rig on our premises and shot a video so we could give you all a first-hand view of what it looks like, how it operates and what it can do.

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Topics: Geotechnical drilling, 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

Geotechnical Drilling in Tight Spaces? Discover the Explo 220

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 28, 2016 10:30:00 AM


Tight spaces pose a problem in many types of work including geotechnical drilling. In mineral exploration, you have ample room to use large and powerful drilling equipment, geotechnical drilling is often performed in urban areas where space is not always an option. Buildings, people, and traffic – all can get in the way of you doing your work freely.

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Topics: Geotechnical drilling

How to drill on steel reinforced concrete

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jun 27, 2016 10:30:00 AM


Not too long ago, one of our customers had taken on a project that involved drilling on a hydroelectric dam to verify the condition of the structure and to inject concrete into the foundations. This kind of project is pretty common in the geotechnical world and can involve other structures such as overpasses.

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Topics: Geotechnical drilling, Tips on common drilling issues, Basic drilling information

New Pump Options for Geotechnical Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Mar 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

 

There’s a new pump in town, and it’s giving the old pumps a run for their money. In the world of geotechnical drilling, drillers have been using the same type of pumps for a long time. Drillers in this field now have a new pump to consider and it brings some excellent benefits to the table.


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Topics: Geotechnical drilling, How to choose equipment

7 Reasons Why GeoHawk Products Are Great Geotechnical Drilling Tools

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 23, 2015 9:30:00 AM


Many drillers have a hard time selecting the best geotechnical drilling tools, specifically the bit. Selecting the right core bit can be a complex decision that must take into account many variables, but often drillers will choose the same core bits as diamond drillers and this can be a mistake.

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Topics: Geotechnical drilling

The Essential Guide to Choosing the Right Geotechnical Core Bit

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 12, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Here. Now. Free.

A while ago we asked our sales managers what were the issues facing our customers and what kind of information they were looking for. One of the most commonly mentioned requests was information that would help our geotechnical customers choose the right core bit.

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Topics: Geotechnical drilling, How to choose equipment

3 Tips to Ensure a Successful Geotechnical Investigation

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Oct 26, 2015 2:00:00 PM


Geotechnical investigations differ from diamond drilling in many ways including the goal of the investigation as well as the issues drillers must keep in mind.

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Topics: Geotechnical drilling

Top 5 Drilling Fluid Additives to Improve Geotechnical Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Oct 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM


The use of drilling fluid additives can have a huge impact on drilling performance in geotechnical drilling. Drillers routinely encounter abrasive or fragmented ground, flowing sands and dry hole conditions. In the past bentonite was often the product drillers reached for but bentonite is very abrasive and can wear down drilling equipment prematurely. Today, new drilling additives have been developed that resolve specific drilling problems. Here are 5 products that you should be aware of.

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Topics: Geotechnical drilling, Drilling mud, fluids and additives

How to Choose the Right Core Bit for Geotechnical Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Oct 8, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Choosing the right geotechnical drill bit is one of your most important decisions. It will certainly have an impact on your success and drilling productivity. Unfortunately, due to the many variables you must consider, it is a complex question. Geotechnical drill bits are made with a different combination of metals and alloys; they have different levels of impregnation of diamonds and different configurations.

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Topics: Geotechnical drilling, How to choose equipment

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