A field seminar by Halco, CME and others.

Halco’s Craig Shaw discusses the support pack, which injects oil, water and drilling foam, and also is set up for bit sharpening.
A rock drilling seminar/demonstration co-produced by Halco America Inc. and Central Mine Equipment Co. took place earlier this summer at a quarry near St. Louis. Also helping out were Digital Control Inc. and Keystone Drilling Services.

Attending the event were directional drilling contractors, engineering firms and even a water well drilling contractor.

When asked how the seminar/demo came to be, Todd Taylor, vice president at Halco America Inc. tells us, “We were looking for a rig manufacturer to rent us a drill rig for a rock drilling seminar. The CME folks had a rig as well as a site we could use (Fred Weber Quarry in Foley, Mo.), so we went into it as partners.

Eileen Robinson demonstrates the DigiTrak Eclipse.
Carl Wieland, HDD sales specialist for Central Mine Equipment Co., explains his company’s involvement in the event: “We feel that the future for this rock boring is going to be with pneumatic tooling because of the bentonite issue. So we were interested in hooking up with a company that had experience with pneumatic tools. We met the Halco people at the recent UCT show, and they were impressed with our machine because it takes a rugged machine to run their type of hammer. It was just a good match between the two of us.”

Using the CME-50DD rig and Halco’s Storm 500 hammer, drilling started out at negative 27 degrees in 12,000 psi limestone. After going 240 feet, the hammer came out at plus 15 degrees. The drilling speed was 60 feet to 70 feet per hour for the pilot bore, which was a 51⁄2-inch bore. Then a reamer was attached, which expanded that 51⁄2-inch hole to a 10-inch hole at a rate of about 2 feet per minute.

Eileen Robinson of Digital Control Inc. was on hand to provide information about iGPS locators. “A lot of people don’t really understand the locating equipment,” she notes. “We were just trying to demo the tool’s steerability and the fact that you can see how much the tool has responded by the way that the Eclipse tracked its position and its heading. As soon as the tool’s orientation changes just a little bit, you really see that in the locate point. So that was impressive for people to track the position of a tool and to know – quickly – whether the heading is going off-line or not – even on a very small steering correction.”

Besides educating others, Robinson also wanted to learn. “I was anxious to see the new Halco percussion tool,” she explains. “Our transmitters are riding inside of these percussion instruments and they weren’t killing our transmitters, so they had to be doing something right. I really was curious to see what Halco had done to modify the transmitter compartment to make it so shock absorbent that we weren’t seeing failures of our equipment. I also was impressed with overall performance – the steering and the penetration rate.”

A group of attendees check out the exit scene.
Asked about feedback he received from attendees, Wieland reports, “They were very impressed with the system, especially the speed and steerability of it. Some of those people have upcoming projects that I’m sure we’ll be involved with.”

Echoing the sentiment of the day, Robinson says, “I think the participants were impressed with everything; it was a great field demo.”

For more information on the Storm 500 hammer from Halco, the CME-50DD drill rig and the DigiTrak Eclipse tracking system, check out this issue’s “Product Information” section.

Another rock drilling school is being planned for the fall; details will be passed along when available.