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GDI October 2014

Adopting a customer’s eye view

Newly off the test site, Sandvik Mining’s next-generation rotary blasthole drill rig, the DR461i, is ready for action at mines around the globe. Ken Stapylton, vice-president of surface drilling at Sandvik Mining, presents the facts and figures

The right tools for the job

Modreck Gomo and Fanie de Lange of the Institute for Groundwater Studies at the University of the Free Sate, South Africa, present a groundwater case that highlights the complications arising from the use of unsuitable drilling equipment

Wireline logging: in need of an image boost

Tried and tested for oil and gas prospecting, wireline logging has yet to realise its full potential in three key applications: geotechnical engineering, engineering geology and geohazards, and hydrogeology and environment. Wolfram Felfer of Fugro discusses

A water borehole is for life

South African environmental, water and consulting company GCS’s Max Karen and Andrew Johnstone look at a number of factors that are key to developing sustainable water boreholes

Piecing together the safety puzzle

Major Drilling recently exceeded the safety milestone of one full year without any lost-time injuries. Global human resources and health, safety, environment & community director Ben Graham explains how this was accomplished

Comment

They said: No, no, no

The votes are in. On September 18, people living in Scotland voted 55% to 45% in favour of remaining a part of the United Kingdom
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Projects

A firm footing for new soccer stadium

Geotechnical construction contractor Hayward Baker was recently awarded a contract for the New Atlanta Stadium project in Georgia, US

Lankelma hopes field trials will chalk up research success

Geotechnical specialist Lankelma has trialled a new cone penetration testing(CPT) technique in north Kent, UK, as part of a research project aiming to improve the design of piles subjected to cyclic loading in chalk

US$1m test-well heralds sea change for Californian water

California American Water’s desalination test-well project has been selected to receive a US$1 million Proposition 50 grant by the California Department of Water Resources

DMT rebrands consulting businesses

German engineering and consulting company DMT has renamed two of its subsidiaries

Research project explores novel groundwater remediation methods

The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF) in the US has awarded a grant to Daqian Jiang for a research project on the bioremediation of groundwater
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Equipment

Terra Sonic offers rigs with SPT hammer

Terra Sonic International (TSi) has introduced a standard penetration test (SPT) automatic hammer to maximise the capabilities and efficiency of its sonic drilling rigs

Sandvik shows updated DPi rig

At Steinexpo 2014 in Germany, Sandvik Construction unveiled the latest version of its DPi-series surface top-hammer drill rigs, the Pantera DPi 6.0

Dual-mast Terrier

Dando’s Terrier site-investigation rig, able to access tight spaces and track through a standard doorframe, is now available in a dual-mast version

Bauer undersea rig

Bauer Maschinen, together with Bremen University’s Centre for Maritime Environmental Sciences (MARUM), has developed a seabed drilling rig, to be used by the institute for research

Tough electrification project sparks auger purchase

UK rail contractor TXM Plant, engaged in long-term contracts to drill foundation holes for stanchions during Network Rail’s Phase Two North West electrification work, has invested in three new 50,000MAX augers
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People

Friedl for Central Europe sales VP

Sandvik Construction has appointed Martin Friedl as vice-president for the Central Europe sales area

Atlas Copco boosts compressor marketing team

Atlas Copco’s Portable Energy division has announced two new product marketing managers for its portable compressor range

Mincon sets sights on Australia

Despite tough market conditions in exploration drilling, Mincon is expanding its presence in Australia
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Features

Adopting a customer’s eye view

Newly off the test site, Sandvik Mining’s next-generation rotary blasthole drill rig, the DR461i, is ready for action at mines around the globe. Ken Stapylton, vice-president of surface drilling at Sandvik Mining, presents the facts and figures

Insightful mining

Australia-based acQuire Technology Solutions, a specialist in geoscientific information management (GIM), has partnered with Atlas Copco to integrate its GIM solution with the manufacturer’s OREalyzer technology. Steve Mundell, director research at acQuire, answers GDI’s questions about the collaboration

The right tools for the job

Modreck Gomo and Fanie de Lange of the Institute for Groundwater Studies at the University of the Free Sate, South Africa, present a groundwater case that highlights the complications arising from the use of unsuitable drilling equipment

Wireline logging: in need of an image boost

Tried and tested for oil and gas prospecting, wireline logging has yet to realise its full potential in three key applications: geotechnical engineering, engineering geology and geohazards, and hydrogeology and environment. Wolfram Felfer of Fugro discusses

Buyers’ Guide 2014-15

The annual buyers’ guide lists major equipment manufacturers and suppliers for the drilling industry

A water borehole is for life

South African environmental, water and consulting company GCS’s Max Karen and Andrew Johnstone look at a number of factors that are key to developing sustainable water boreholes

Piecing together the safety puzzle

Major Drilling recently exceeded the safety milestone of one full year without any lost-time injuries. Global human resources and health, safety, environment & community director Ben Graham explains how this was accomplished

As cold as ice

In January an ice-cold deployment was on the agenda for two engineers from Hausherr System Bohrtechnik

High and low

From large-diameter down-the-hole hammer bits and hole openers to casing advance systems, Drill King International’s product line continues to grow and reach new heights

Training from the ground up

Andrew Carpenter, group safety, health, environment & quality director at geotechnical specialist Bachy Soletanche, tells GDI about Ground Engineering Training Solutions (GETS), a new UK training company, supporting the industry’s health, safety and plant operator training, launched by Bachy and foundation engineer Roger Bullivant
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The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to oversee its operations from its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario

COMPANY PROFILES
Russian precious metals company Polymetal International plc’s commitment to establishing an extensive pipeline of growth projects has continued with the acquisition of the Kyzyl gold project.
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.
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