The Covid-19 pandemic changes the way a lot of industries get work done, drilling jobs included. To explore the impacts on the industry, National Driller convened (virtually, of course) an expert panel.

We cover a lot of territory, all of value to readers – many of whom are considered “essential” workers during these challenging times. The panel focuses on best practices and protocols for mitigating risks from Covid-19 for both crews and customers. It also touches on how the pandemic may affect getting new contracts, and how it could impact the supply chains required to execute those contracts.

Today’s panelists are:

  • Brock Yordy, expert drilling trainer and frequent National Driller contributor.
  • Dave Bowers, an instructor with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150 AFL-CIO, Apprentice and Skill Improvement Program.
  • Jeff Williams, former NGWA president, MGWC, CVCLD, and vice president of Spafford & Sons Water Wells in Vermont. He’s also this year’s McEllhiney Lecturer.
  • Thom Hanna, with Johnson Screens, a hydrogeologist and author, most recently, of “The Operational Stage of the Well,” as well as other groundwater books.

We hope you enjoy the discussion and welcome feedback on best practices other drillers found useful, or on other topics we might cover in the future. Comment below or send an email to