By Andy Choi
The Schilling Robotics in association with the Gregg Marine company have announced that they have completed the Factory Acceptance Testing for their new subsea drill.
The drill would be used for geotechnical surveying and core sampling. Field tests will be performed on the drill by Gregg Marine in the waters offshore of Vancouver in British Columbia July this year.
New subsea drill passes Schilling Robotics factory acceptance testing. Image Credit: Schilling Robotics
The seafloor drill was conceived by John Gregg, the president of Gregg Drilling. He said that this was one of the first platforms commercially available to truly compete with traditional geotechnical drill ships, and the only one to utilize patented wireline technology.
Mr Gregg added that the design and durability of this platform will save companies on cost, increase accuracy, and offer a positive environmental impact. The system is rated to 3,000msw and with the initial tooling, will drill up to 500ft (150m) under the seabed. This is the first seabed drilling unit to combine this much power and drilling precision on the seabed.
Tyler Schilling, president and CEO of Schilling Robotics said that they were proud to again partner with Gregg Marine for the engineering and assembly of their Seafloor Drill system. This is the first of four systems that Gregg will build, and it is changing the landscape of drilling and core sampling technology. He added that they were excited to be a part of the innovation and global applications that Gregg was implementing.