Bits ‘n Pieces – The Driller’s Blog

Back to the Basics of Core Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jul 22, 2021 11:30:00 AM

The mineral exploration industry has seen a lot of change in the last few years. One of the most common challenges is finding employees. Between the cyclic nature of the industry and the recent pandemic, many experienced drillers have left and replacing them has been difficult for many companies.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

Saving Trips Down the Hole with the Prism Wedge

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jun 22, 2021 10:47:03 AM

Directional drilling technology has certainly come a long way in the mineral exploration world, with Gyro-guided tooling and the ability to core while steering the borehole.  There have never been so many options and methods of steering a hole. One of the oldest methods of directing a borehole - wedging - remains an important tool in the drillers box!  Wedges are commonly used to kick the hole trajectory back on line or to scoot past lost tooling in the hole. For one of our customers, the Prism directional wedge was the perfect tool for their needs.

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Topics: Tips on common drilling issues, Basic drilling information

Drill Rigs Are Joining the Product Line in the USA

Posted by Rod McCoremick on May 4, 2021 2:00:00 PM

We love to pride ourselves on being able to supply our customers with everything they could possibly need for drilling in either mineral exploration or geotechnical drilling. We’ve got an amazing selection of core bits, drill rods, casing and in-the-hole equipment like core barrels and recovery tools. Our product line includes lubricants, thread compounds and additives, pumps, and even a drilling water treatment system. From the smallest core lifter to burlap bags and core boxes. What you might have noticed missing from this list is drill rigs.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

What is Phosphate and What it Means for Drill Rod Threads

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Apr 13, 2021 11:00:00 AM

One of the benefits of joining forces with Epiroc is that we get to share and combine our knowledge, expertise, products and processes. In doing so, we bring our customers the best products. Recently, this happened in our Montreal drill rod plant, in Dollard des Ormeaux (DDO). The engineering team is happy to report that a new phosphate treatment system is up and running. While this phosphate system is new to the Fordia plant in Montreal, it is not new to Epiroc. The process has been in place at Epiroc for quite some time, so it was important to implement the process at the Montreal facility.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

The Many Ways of Transporting Drilling Equipment

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Dec 10, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Drill sites can be found all over the world, often in some very remote areas. Getting equipment to these sites can be tough.  It’s always interesting to learn about the various methods of transport equipment suppliers and drilling companies use. Some of these methods may surprise you.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

A Quick Look at Casing Advancers and Why You May Need One

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 5, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Diamond drillers can fall into a routine of using the same equipment over and over. Why not? If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. This is especially true if you are used to drilling in the same region where ground conditions may not vary all that much. However, you may then find yourself drilling in another part of the country, or the world, with conditions that require a different type of equipment.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

When Picking Water Swivels, Are You Drilling Shallow or Deep?

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Oct 8, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Water swivels may not be the first piece of equipment that comes to mind when you think about diamond drilling. The rig, the rods and the core bit would likely pop in first. Yet the water swivel has an integral role to play in the drilling process. In surface drilling, the water swivels are responsible for delivering a sufficient amount of flushing fluid to the bit and for hoisting the drill rods in and out of the bore hole. They need to be reliable and you need to choose one with enough load capacity to do the job.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

Top 10 Diamond Driller Bad Habits

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Sep 15, 2020 4:02:09 PM

In this blog we have provided a lot of information about how to choose equipment and how to take care of it properly. Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to look beyond the equipment part of the job and focus on how to do the job, or in the case of this blog, how not to do the job.

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Topics: Tips on common drilling issues, Basic drilling information

What You Need to Know About the Gauges on Your Drill Rig

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Aug 5, 2020 2:30:00 PM

Drilling parameters are really important when it comes to achieving great drilling performance and extended equipment life. While it is important to choose the right equipment, once drilling conditions change, you need to adjust your parameters to maintain good drilling performance. Understanding how to adjust drilling parameters can help drillers improve performance in difficult drilling situations.

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Topics: Tips on common drilling issues, Basic drilling information

COVID-19 and the World of Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Apr 29, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Who would have thought a few months ago at the beginning of this year and this decade, that COVID-19 would impact so much of our lives? We had all heard about it, but it seemed far away. Now it has landed in just about every country and in everyone’s life. It has had a huge impact on so many industries such as healthcare, but how is it impacting the world of drilling and mining? We talked to a few sources to find out.

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



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