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.  

The 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.

When 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.”

The drill 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.

“We are 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 worldwide.”