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Directional Core Drilling allows controlled deviation of the borehole path and/or multiple branches from a parent hole, saving the cost, effort and uncertainty involved in multiple single holes.
Customers using Devico DeviDrill for their drilling solution
There are many benefits using DCD in your exploration project. A few of them are listed here.
|Compared to standard wireline drilling (re-drilling from surface)
|Compared to other directional drilling techniques
Overview: Coring While Steering
The Devico Directional Core Drilling (DCD) service includes:
Core drilling for minerals normally consists of drilling long sections in bedrock before reaching the ore horizon, making the process more time consuming and expensive than necessary. In addition, natural deviation can change the drill path and reduce the value of the information gained from the borehole.
With Devico technology you can complete a drilling program quicker, and with higher accuracy than with traditional core drilling methods.
The Devico technology makes it possible to control borehole deviation and steer the hole accurately towards the target, while also collecting core samples during the steering process. When the first hole is finalized it can be sidetracked and used again to steer towards a second target. Sidetracking means a new hole is started from within the old, often several hundred meters below surface. With this approach there is no need to move the drill rig to a new site and re-drill the top section collecting core from rock formations of no value.
The sidetracking is quickly performed by cutting straight in a curved section of the first hole. By using this method no wedges or cement plugs are necessary. Making several branch holes will significantly reduce the length of a drilling program, which can lead to remarkable savings in both time and money. As less drill sites are required the environmental impact of the drilling program is also reduced.
Directional core drilling is delivered as a service where Devico supply the DeviDrill directional core barrel, borehole survey tools and field technicians that controls the directional drilling operation.
To provide top qualified DCD services to the drilling industry Devico and its subsidiaries have established an international group of expert field technicians that work on directional projects around the globe. Our technicians are highly educated and have been through an extensive training period of one year or more to earn their title. On DCD projects they work together with the drilling contractor to secure that the operation runs smoothly and efficiently.
The technicians also work with the project geologists to prepare and optimize drilling plans. They will recommend the depth where directional drilling should be started, and calculate the length of steering necessary to aim the hole towards the target.
Directional core drilling (DCD) is done with the DeviDrill directional core barrel.
The principle behind the DeviDrill is a drive shaft running through a bushing offset from the center line of the tool. Expanding pads operated by differential pressure keep the DeviDrill in a fixed orientation while drilling in a curve.
The inner assembly carries an inner tube collecting the core, a muleshoe system, and an instrument barrel with the survey tool recording inclination and tool orientation.
Orientation data is stored inside the tool and downloaded to a PDA after each run.
Core sample is taken during the steering process:
|Bit diameter||75.4 mm/2.97” (N-size)|
|Reamer diameter||75.6 mm/2.98”|
|Core diameter||31.5 mm/1.24”|
|Core length||3 m/10 ft|