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When is Diamond Drilling Like Football?

the Epiroc Exploration & OreBody Solutions team

February 5, 2018


Drilling a deep hole is a challenge for even the most experienced drillers. So many things can go wrong, from hole deviation to equipment failure. Drilling deep holes is not for amateurs because making a mistake at 1,500 meters becomes an expensive mistake and something every driller wants to avoid. I often say that improving drilling performance and making drillers’ lives easier are our goals, and we are constantly trying to innovate and develop products to help achieve those goals. 


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Our Vulcan configuration is that kind of product development. Our Vulcan products come in 16 mm, 20 mm and 26 mm crown heights with higher diamond impregnation. Each has a patented bridge technology to reinforce the diamond sections. These are high performance products and to use them properly, you need a certain amount of experience. Like a football, if you don’t know how to use it, you won’t be throwing it far. And that is when diamond drilling is like football. 

Sunday night’s Super Bowl game showed us what can be done with a football when experienced players get on the field. Throwing that odd shaped ball for hundreds of yards with pinpoint accuracy is what the pros get paid a lot of money to do. It’s not something anyone can do. What we would like to know is what happens in a deep hole when experienced diamond drillers get on a site, so I am inviting you all to share your deep hole stories with us. It could be a story about how you conquered your hole deviation problem, about how many meters you driller in a shift, or how a particular piece of equipment made a huge difference in performance. We want to know about the challenges you face and what makes a difference. 

Contact us on our Facebook page and tell us you have a story and how to reach you. The first ten stories we receive will get a Vulcan football as a thank you. Out of the stories we receive, we’ll pick the best one and write a case study. Do you have a great story that deserves a little attention and praise? We want to know.