You Want to Drill Where?

November 25, 2013 by Savannah Adkins

You wouldn’t think working in the office at a drill rig and heavy equipment company would be all that entertaining or interesting, but think again. Working in one makes me feel like I am my own version of Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs” except I write about our unique clients and don’t actually have to get dirty.

Here at Rig Source we get calls regularly from companies that trust us to help them solve their jobsite problems because they know we can help. Sure, some of those calls are exceptionally boring, but more often than not they are absolutely fascinating. The stories shared are unique and unusual, and provide insight on how drilling contributes to societal growth.

One of the most recent fascinating stories I encountered was from Geotechnology, Inc. The company just rented a Diedrich D-50 drill rig in order to do some geotechnical and environmental drilling on a bridge project. Currently, the drillers are in the process of coring the rock under the piers of a bridge in order to gather soil samples. To do this, they have built a platform over caissons for the Diedrich D-50 to sit. The only way to get the D50 drill rig to its drilling location is by using a crane, and once there, the platform leaves drillers very little space to work. An unusual set up for an environmental and geotechnical drilling job, but also the only way to get to the soil they need which is under the water.

This particular rental contract with Geotechnology caused quite the buzz around our office because none of us had ever heard of this type of drilling set up before. Our first thoughts were, “you are going to drill where?” Everyone was curious to know how Geotechnology was planning on executing this project, and exactly what it was going to look like. Of course, Rig Source was also thrilled to be chosen as their drill rig rental source, and excited to see photographs of their units in action. Below are a few of those photographs that Geotechnology shared with us as they were lifting Diedrich D-50 drill rig onto its platform.

Diedrich D-50 project photos

For more fascinating drill rig stories follow our blog or give us give us a call at 630.365.1649. As always, you can also visit our online showroom for the most up to date geotechnical and environmental drill rig rentals available through Rig Source.



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