By Andy Choi
Schilling Robotics and Gregg Drilling have announced that their Sea Floor Drill has cleared the Factory Acceptance Test. Gregg will start the field testing of the new drill in Vancouver in July.
Sea Floor Drill
The SeaFloor Drill was conceptualized by John Gregg, the president of Gregg Drilling. He had taken the help of MARL technologies for providing the drilling platform and Schilling Robotics for building the subsea packaging, control and power systems for the drill.
Gregg claimed that the drill is a durable platform on which companies can rely upon for accuracy and cost saving. He added that the rating of the drill is 3,000msw with start-up tooling and is capable of drilling 500ft under the seabed. The drill works along with the DeepCPT system and the one-pass drill from Gregg. Mineral, mining, oil and gas companies would derive benefits from the new drill.
Tyler Schilling, the CEO of Schilling Robotics, noted that the SeaFloor Drill is the first among the four drilling systems that Gregg will be building. The drill would be employed for conducting geotechnical surveys and core sampling. The drill is flexible in its design; hence, it can be used in other applications by changing the tools.
Gregg would employ the patented wireline technology from Williamson Technologies, to perform cone penetration testing (CPT) for evaluating the strength of soft soils. Using additional tools such as the downhole vane shear test and geophysical tools, the drill is being enhanced with three-dimensional modelling abilities.