Improving your rate of penetration will have a direct impact on profitability as it will increase productivity and lead to recuperating more core. How to achieve better penetration is a challenge for many drillers but there are several methods that will help.
Nothing is as discouraging as becoming “stuck in the hole”, yet is it not uncommon in drilling. While there are many ways you can be stuck in the hole, they all have the potential to stall operations and result in lost productivity.
Are you struggling to find ways to reduce your water consumption? Water shortages, emphasis on environmentally safe practices, government restrictions and regulations for drilling and mining companies – all combine to increase pressure on companies to find ways to reduce and recycle the water they use.
Abrasiveness is a ground condition that can cause headaches among many drillers. It can be difficult to drill through when present in any hardness of ground. Abrasive ground and rock can wear down drill bits quickly and in the case of hard abrasive ground, iron ore poses a particular problem and is often referred to as a bit cemetery.
Drill holes can be very unpredictable in the path that they take, so drillers often have to deal with hole deviation. Drill hole deviation is when the hole ends up going in a direction other than the chosen trajectory.
Getting the longest life possible for your core matrix is a key consideration if you want to run a productive and profitable drilling operation. Changing a drill bit takes time especially the farther down the hole it is, and the time spent replacing a bit is not productive.