Schilling Robotics LLC, experts in subsea systems, and Gregg Marine Inc., experts in drilling and geotechnical testing services, have announced the successful completion of the field testing of their subsea drill in the waters offshore of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Seafloor Drill was conceived by John Gregg, owner of Gregg Marine, and
completed its factory acceptance testing at Schilling Robotics in June 2011.
The four-week sea trials took place last month in St. Vincent’s Bay outside of Vancouver, Canada,
in water depths up to 820 feet. The sea trials allowed Gregg to work closely
with Schilling technicians to fine-tune the control systems and train the drill’s
operators. The drill testing has exceeded Gregg’s expectations, as well as the
clients that attended the demonstrations.
speaking of the sea trials, John Gregg comments, “The seafloor drill system is
a complex and expanded technology over the current systems in the market today.
By leveraging the proven technologies by Schilling Robotics, the Seafloor Drill
offers robust telemetry and controls that will maximize the efficiency and
effectiveness of the system. To demonstrate our confidence, we invited our
industry colleagues to the sea trials in order to see the demonstrations first-hand.”
was able to successfully retrieve core samples of both unconsolidated soft
sediment as well as granitic rock.
The system currently
is being mobilized to drill near Australia where it will begin work
in the coming months. “I am very thankful to Apache Oil for the Seafloor
Drill’s first job. Their commitment to innovation is shown in their excitement
about the system,” says Gregg.
pleased that the sea trials for the Seafloor Drill were successful,” notes Tyler
Schilling, CEO of Schilling Robotics. “With this technology, and the Cone
Penetration Testing unit, Gregg Marine is uniquely equipped for seabed sampling