In mining exploration projects there is a potential for significant savings by utilizing the DCD technology. With sidetracking and DCD the total length of a drilling program is reduced, while the production rate is kept high.
The saving potential is strongly related to the depth of the exploration area and the density of the drill targets. Deeper ore bodies with short distance between targets (step-out distance) are likely to generate higher cost savings than shallow targets.
Devico has also prepared a calculator, where the user can estimate the potential cost and time savings of utilizing the DCD technology in their own drilling program.