In this episode, anchor Brock Yordy talks to Huug Eijkelkamp, CEO of Royal Eijkelkamp. The more than century old Dutch company has undergone several transformations from blacksmith shop to sonic drilling innovator. They cover everything from drilling, CPT and sonic to the future of the industry. It’s Driller Newscast episode 33.

“We’ve paid a lot of what I call ‘expensive learning’ money,” says Eijkelkamp, the fourth generation of the family to own the company. “But it’s also making us who we are today.”

This episode covers:

  • Tips for awareness, avoidance of common injuries
  • Breaking down drilling risks: struck-by, caught-in-between and over-exertion
  • Sonic drilling
  • Sonic drilling’s efficacy in different formations
  • The history of sonic drilling
  • Drill rod handling
  • The importance of rare earth minerals for batteries, electronics

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