PDAC 2020: An album of highlights

March 11, 2020

by Martina Samarova, Executive Officer at Coring Magazine

The 88th Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention took place March 1-4 in the heart of Toronto. As usual, professionals from far and wide gathered to capitalize on the annual event’s myriad opportunities.

The Coring team captured what we believe are PDAC 2020’s interesting moments, appealing booths and innovative equipment. We have many stories to share, however, pictures speak louder than words, so we’ve compiled an album of highlights for your viewing pleasure.

Coring’s Executive Officer, Martina Samarova proudly stands beside PDAC’s media partners signage, displaying Coring’s prominent logo.

In early March, COVID-19’s global impact was palpable yet travel restrictions and lockdowns hadn’t been enforced, enabling many to travel to the most anticipated mineral exploration and mining event of the year.

COVID-19’s impact was still felt, reducing attendance by around 10 % to 23 144, compared to 2019’s attendance of 25 843. Some confirmed attendees decided to cancel last-minute, either due to personal concern, or following suggested company policy, and in some cases, company mandates.

Pandemic aside, spirits remained high. Exuberant smiles and conversation replaced handshakes, and widespread liberal sanitizer use was commonplace.

Trade Show North

PDAC 2020’s first day was noticeably subdued, although the remaining two days drew animated and curious crowds and revealed more of the PDAC spirit we’ve all come to know and appreciate. Exhibitors excitedly shared and touted their wares, sparking passionate exchanges that could very well prove to be the impetus for future development and innovation.

All the following images were captured across PDAC’s exhibition halls, Trade Show South and Trade Show North, brimming with drilling contractors, manufacturers and suppliers showcasing their impressive equipment and offerings.

In pre-release phase at PDAC 2020, TRUSUB™, a Drilling Optimization and Monitoring System, by Boart Longyear is designed to increase drilling program efficiency. Attendees were invited to join in on the ‘TRUSUB™ Challenge’ testing their own strength while also testing the system’s sensitivity.
Epiroc and Fordia joined forces for the second year running, showcasing their latest collective product range including Legends – a new series of core bits honoring favorites from years gone by, their DiscovOre core barrel system, and a lot more.
Discovery Drill Manufacturer (DDM) displayed its impressive EF-Series drill rig at Trade Show South.
Multi-Power Products showcased their redesigned heli-portable Grasshopper – RC/DD drill. The rig’s many features and upgrades add versatility while improving safety and productivity.
The revolutionary all-terrain FAT TRUCK, designed to transport up to 8 people or material, is the pride and joy of JexPlore Inc. Equipment – a company specializing in the sale and lease of exploration drilling equipment.
The Atom Bits team showcasing their Canadian made diamond drilling products within their busy Trade Show North booth at PDAC.
Northwest Drills’ man-portable NW600 rig boasts a proven design for quick and easy set up, and simple operation and maintenance to venture virtually anywhere. It was featured at their Trade Show South booth.
Hydracore’s heli-portable HC1000T drill rig was just one of many highlights within Trade Show North.
Boasting a 12HH chuck and ‘P’-clamp assembly, the  B20 drill head lured many into Prolenc’s Trade Show North booth and was the talk of PDAC attendees.

The Coring team also caught up with various partners, authors and advertisers; bumping into old friends, while befriending some new ones. We look forward to seeing you all again at PDAC 2021!