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GDI Jul/Aug 2014

Calculating the cost

Pricing is the ‘bottleneck’ in directional diamond-drilling applications, writes Shteryo Lyomov

Drilling deep for gold and copper

Indodrill recently undertook deep diamond-drilling programmes for two clients in the Aceh region of Indonesia

Adaptive technology

In recent years directional-drilling technology has successfully been adapted to a variety of applications and conditions. Here, Trevi discusses its directional-drilling system for the geotechnical field

A new direction for nuclear waste

A combination of standard wireline drilling and directional core drilling was successfully utilised on a test programme for nuclear-waste storage

Uncovering new potential

Geoscience Australia and the DET CRC are undertaking stratigraphic drilling and deploying new mineral-exploration technologies

Comment

The buzz about quarries

Reports about a substantial decline in bumblebee populations have been going around for some years, and now quarrying companies in the UK are being urged to do their bit for these pollinators
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Projects

Safety guidance warns of piling rig instability

The UK’s Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) has issued a guidance document that highlights situations where piling rigs can become unstable through over-flighting during continuous flight auger (CFA) piling

Bauer gets busy with replacing Schwarzkopf Tunnel

Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German railway company, is having a new track section constructed between Würzburg and Frankfurt, to replace the existing passage through the Schwarzkopf Tunnel

Geofluid update

More than 90% of the exhibiting space has already been sold for the 20th edition of Geofluid

Crux recognised

US contractor Crux recently recieved three industry awards for design-build foundation work and the introduction of an innovative steel pile cap design on the Sunrise Powerlink Project

Hillhead wrap-up

A total of 17,559 trade visitors attended this year’s Hillhead trade show, held on June 24-26 at Lafarge Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton, UK

Boart backs DRILL 2014

Boart Longyear will be the major sponsor of the Australian Drilling Industry Association’s DRILL 2014 conference

LDD to pile at Port Hedland

Marine and subsea foundation specialist LDD (Large Diameter Drilling) is to supply pile-top drilling equipment and personnel to install piles at the new Roy Hill iron-ore export facility at Port Hedland, Western Australia

UK construction industry receives government boost

Plans detailing billions of pounds worth of proposed construction projects have been published by the UK government, in partnership with construction intelligence specialist Barbour ABI

Meridian signs new Ethiopia contract

Meridian Drilling has signed its third contract working with Circum Minerals on the G&B project in Ethiopia

Testing Riyadh’s soil for Metro project

DAT instruments’ dataloggers have been employed on the Riyadh Metro project in Saudi Arabia

Major Drilling to acquire Taurus Drilling

Major Drilling has agreed to purchase the operations of Taurus Drilling Services, which operates in Canada, the US and Mexico, providing underground percussive/longhole drilling to mining companies
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Equipment

Doosan introduces new portable compressors

Doosan Portable Power has launched the new Stage IIIB-compliant 7/125-10/110 and 14/90 portable air compressors

SonicSampDrill raises the bar

Sonic rig and tooling specialist SonicSampDrill, based in the Netherlands, released the new MidRotoSonic XL Max in early July

Kensa expands its Shoebox pump range

Kensa Heat Pumps, a UK manufacturer of ground-source heat pumps (GSHP), has added a new solution to its product range for communal dwellings in the shape of the 6kW Shoebox Twin

Bulroc boosts UK presence

British down-the-hole (DTH) rock-drilling equipment manufacturer Bulroc has appointed Drill Store UK as its exclusive distributor for England and Wales

Casagrande launches C5XP micropiling rig

Casagrande’s new C5XP micropiling rig is particularly suited for medium and heavy-duty work in confined spaces
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People

Skelair’s Steve Lashley promoted

Steve Lashley has been promoted to drilling and blasting operations manager at Skelair after 18 months as operations supervisor for its contract drilling and blasting division

Mursell is new Kier CEO

Construction, services and property group Kier has named Haydn Mursell as its new chief executive

Quarry Academy makes return

Sandvik Construction, in conjunction with its partners, has developed the Quarry Academy, where industry specialists gather to share the latest thinking in quarrying through talks, seminars, quarry visits and workshops

Soilmec offers hands-on training

Two week-long seminars held recently in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, gave operators a chance to increase their skills using Soilmec hydraulic drill rigs
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Features

Green scheme for Mancunian cathedral

Eco Friendly Installations delivered an accelerated geothermal drilling programme in Manchester, northwest England

Calculating the cost

Pricing is the ‘bottleneck’ in directional diamond-drilling applications, writes Shteryo Lyomov

Compact power

Hydraulic drill rig manufacturer Comacchio has launched two foundation rig models

Up to the challenge

Fraste has boosted its foundation rig range with a flexible and dynamic unit – the newly designed MITO 60

Thinking on your feet

Keller Canada finds a fast solution for a structural failure at the Colonsay potash mine

Torque down under

Earthmoving attachment manufacturer Auger Torque has been creating custom solutions and taking its expertise to the work site for its Australian customers

Diving right in

Bauer Technologies recently completed piling works for the Network Rail Acton Diveunder project in West London

Rotary drills: the next generation

Ken Stapylton, vice-president of surface drilling, introduces Sandvik Mining’s new DR461i rotary blasthole drill rig – to be launched later this year

Drilling deep for gold and copper

Indodrill recently undertook deep diamond-drilling programmes for two clients in the Aceh region of Indonesia

Dual-rotary innovation

Australian drilling and well-servicing company Easternwell has introduced threaded casing to its dual-rotary operations

A slick solution

Directional drilling was employed for a slickline project at the New Afton Mine in Kamloops, Canada

Furthering mine development

BG Drilling Solutions (BGDS) has completed a directional drilling programme at the Serra Grande mine in Brazil

Adaptive technology

In recent years directional-drilling technology has successfully been adapted to a variety of applications and conditions. Here, Trevi discusses its directional-drilling system for the geotechnical field

A new direction for nuclear waste

A combination of standard wireline drilling and directional core drilling was successfully utilised on a test programme for nuclear-waste storage

A stronger Christchurch

Construction companies continue to rebuild earthquake-damaged areas of Christchurch, New Zealand

Uncovering new potential

Geoscience Australia and the DET CRC are undertaking stratigraphic drilling and deploying new mineral-exploration technologies
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Russian precious-metals company Polymetal International plc has made significant progress at the Semcha platinum-group metals (PGM) property in the past year as it moves the project towards a preliminary economic assessment
The Republic of Guinea intends to launch, pursuant to the mining Code, a competitive and transparent invitation to tender for three bauxite mining blocks located in the prefectures of Boffa, Boké and Télimélé.
Indochine Mining Limited is developing a high-grade gold project at Mt Kare in PNG by rapidly developing wide, high-grade gold zones
Sarama Resources is a West Africa-focused gold explorer with substantial landholdings in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mali.
Midway Gold is an emerging, near-term gold producer on track to bring its first million-ounce project, the Pan mine, to production in 2014
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