News

Yamana Gold Drill Plan

Designing resource drilling as an investment decision and not a cost

June 8, 2021

by Andrew Dasys, CEO at Objectivity.ca If you could, would you take the opportunity to de-risk a mineral property faster: without changing the qualified person’s sampling requirements, without affecting existing drilling accuracy, without adding new constraints to the production department, without needing any new capital investment, and while decreasing in-field risks at the rigs. Not […]

Continue Reading →
Lipad

The new way of survey

June 8, 2021

by Christian Martin Spannagel, Sales & Marketing Manager at LITEF Has it always been your dream to hold a device in your hands that shows your exact orientation? Regardless of where you are and when? Unless you happen to be at either of the arctic poles, we can make your dream a reality. Outstanding tasks […]

Continue Reading →
MBI Global VersaDrill headquarters

MBI Global & VersaDrill grow their strategic alliance into a merger

June 8, 2021

by Daniel Misiano, President at MBI Global After seven years of a strategic alliance, we are proud to announce that MBI Global and VersaDrill Canada merged in early May, 2021. The new entity, under MBI Global, will benefit the market with a complete offering of capital equipment (VersaDrill) and consumables (MBI Global) for the mineral […]

Continue Reading →
Alan Wilson in the field

Q&A from the experts: In conversation with Dr Alan Wilson

June 8, 2021

Dr Alan Wilson graduated from Edinburgh University (UK) with a Bachelor’s degree in Geological and Earth Sciences, immediately followed by a Master’s in Exploration and Mining Geology from the University of Leicester (UK) in 1991. Ten years later, he built upon that with a Doctoral degree in Economic Geology at the University of Tasmania (Australia), […]

Continue Reading →
3D wireframe of Ewoyaa

The Ewoyaa Lithium Project

June 8, 2021

by Iwan Williams, Exploration Manager Ghana, Lennard Kolff, COO & Abdul-Razak Shaibu Ballah, Senior Geologist Ghana at IronRidge Resources Ltd. Coinciding with increased interest in lithium and its application in the stored energy space, IronRidge Resources Ltd. (AIM:IRR) commenced a top-down desktop review of the Birimian terrain of West Africa, following the discovery of the […]

Continue Reading →
Sierra Madre

Metamorphic Mexico: The Sierra Madre Occidental

June 7, 2021

by Jane Lockwood, Spotlight Mining Abundant gold and silver in the Sierra Madre Occidental have driven colossal enterprise over the last two centuries, with Mexico standing in 2017 as the world’s largest silver producer (200 Moz/year) and eighth largest in gold (125 t/ year), chiefly sourced from this mountain range. This is in the face […]

Continue Reading →
Hydracore head

Taking an innovative approach to solve old problems

June 7, 2021

by Jeremy Lauzon, President at Hydracore Drills Ltd. Typical exploration drill heads have not advanced in design over what Boyles, Longyear and others supplied in the 1970s. Why buy a new drill that has a drill head based on technology that is 50 years old? Drillers are used to the problems with these drill heads, […]

Continue Reading →

In Focus: Capital Drilling – Africa’s largest diversified driller

June 7, 2021

by Brian Rudd, Executive Director at Capital Drilling Ltd Exploration and mining companies need skilled drilling contractors who operate professionally and deliver quality sample results, as it is these samples that ultimately guide key decisions, often with significant financial implications. Since its inception in Tanzania in 2005, Capital Drilling (Capital) has built a reputation for […]

Continue Reading →

Bryson Drilling’s ‘Ace’ team: Defeating extreme weather and harsh terrain to complete a challenging multi-client project

June 7, 2021

by Ryan Sunderland, Shareholder and Supervisor at Bryson Drilling Ltd. This winter season Bryson Drilling (Bryson) was awarded a multi-client project for Terralogic Exploration Inc. on behalf of SKRR Exploration/ Taiga Gold Corp. on the remote Irving/ Leland property in Saskatchewan, Canada, located about 60 km (37 mi) away from the nearest access point. The […]

Continue Reading →

21 Questions: Exclusive interview with Sylvain Brisson

June 7, 2021

Sylvain Brisson was born and raised in a small community in Quebec, Canada. After college, he spent five years as a welder fitter, before being offered a job working on the ‘drills’ in 1988. Initially, he wanted to return to university, but quickly he got hooked and never looked back. He started at the bottom […]

Continue Reading →

Red Rock Drilling: The journey to carbon neutrality

March 4, 2021

by Henry and Johnathan Taitt, Directors at Red Rock Drilling Pty Ltd Creating a lasting legacy takes courage and commitment but when it comes to negating climate change, the process is not as challenging to execute as you may think. The example of Red Rock Drilling is a case in point when it comes to […]

Continue Reading →

Challenge and opportunity in the mining industry of Ecuador

March 4, 2021

by Merlin Marr-Johnson, Executive Vice President at Salazar Resources Ltd. Disclaimer: This article contains the personal beliefs and opinions of its author, and not the ones of Coring Magazine. Coring remains neutral, assuming no responsibility for the author’s overall and political points of view thus can not be held liable for any of the information presented […]

Continue Reading →
Sample preparation

The value of sample preparation when using portable XRF in mineral exploration

March 4, 2021

by Richard Belcher, Consulting Geologist at RWB Exploration Ltd and James Cleverley, Global Products Manager-Geosciences at REFLEX Instruments Europe Ltd/IMDEX Ltd Portable X-Ray Fluorescent (pXRF) instruments have been utilized in mineral exploration for almost 20 years and are a common sight in field camps and mine sites the world over. Approaches to their use generally […]

Continue Reading →

CKC Ultralight: Beating extreme weather conditions with fabric drill shacks

March 2, 2021

by Cody Campbell, Founder & President at CKC Ultralight The Ultralight Fabric Drill Shacks being developed by CKC Ultralight were first conceptualized in 2012 by the team at Ridgeline Diamond Drilling. Ridgeline was a small, family-owned and operated contractor that focused on completing remote, heli-portable diamond drill projects that required crews to be comfortable working […]

Continue Reading →
CX 2520

Comacchio launches a new range of drill rigs for a new era of safe exploration operations

March 2, 2021

by Comacchio’s editorial team Established in 1986 in Italy, Comacchio is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hydraulic drilling rigs. Initially focused on the production of small and medium diameter drilling rigs for geotechnical site investigation and foundation construction, the family-owned company has expanded their range throughout the years to embrace the most diversified […]

Continue Reading →

Experiences in drilling in extreme cold

March 1, 2021

by Matti Rautakoski, Business Manager at Oy Kati Ab Kalajoki You need both equipment and know-how, to survive and even flourish in a cold environment. If you miss either, you are going to jeopardize the success of the entire project. You must understand the perils of the combination of snow, ice and darkness, the risks […]

Continue Reading →

Q&A from the experts: In Conversation with Mark Saxon

March 1, 2021

Mark Saxon is an Australian geologist, who graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1991 with a BSc (Hons) degree. After his graduation, Mark spent nine years (from 1992 until 2001) working at Pasminco Ltd, formerly the world’s largest producer of zinc. Afterward, he became the CEO of Tasman Metals Ltd, a Scandinavian Rare […]

Continue Reading →

Technical Interview with Dag Billger and Duncan McLeod

March 1, 2021

  Together, Duncan McLeod and Dag Billger, specialists in inertial micro-sensor systems (MEMS), have more than 30 years of experience of developing commercial positioning and tracking systems. Duncan and Dag have a strong focus on wellbore survey instruments. They work with a wide range of applications, which are relevant for the following fields: Mining, Oil […]

Continue Reading →

In Focus: Major Drilling – Global leader in specialized drilling

March 1, 2021

by Kevin Slemko, Corporate Business Development Manager, Major Drilling Group International Incorporated Right now, the mining industry is facing a problem. Declining exploration activity, and supply deficits expected within five years, have driven record pricing for commodities—especially gold and copper. Unfortunately, new deposits are harder to reach and are in greater demand than ever before. […]

Continue Reading →

State of the market: Mining Q2-2020 Understand COVID-19 impacts – Metals & mining sector

December 8, 2020

by S&P Global Market Intelligence Mining industry capitalization and Exploration Price Index (EPI) increased In Q2, mining industry market capitalization rose 32% to USD 1.393 trillion. The Exploration Price Index (EPI) was at 135.9, its highest level since March 2013, driven mainly by its significant weighting to gold and the positive gold price performance in […]

Continue Reading →
Geotec drill site

Safer, cleaner and more efficient diamond drilling

December 1, 2020

by Raúl G. Lyon, Vice President at Geotec Boyles Bros. S.A. This article discusses the successful development and implementation of new technologies, developed by Geotec Boyles Bros. (Geotec) in collaboration with selected Chilean vendors and manufacturers of diamond drilling products and equipment. The collaboration helped Geotec optimize their work process and contributed to safer, more […]

Continue Reading →
Swick Mining

Swick Mining Services: Precision beneath the surface

December 1, 2020

by Nick Rossides, General Manager Operations – Global, Swick Mining Services The increased market requirement for deeper diamond drill holes in the underground environment has become much more prevalent with mining companies globally. The opportunity to reach exploration target depths from an underground platform is entertained by many miners and proving to be both cost- […]

Continue Reading →

Q&A from the experts: In conversation with Dr John-Mark Staude

November 19, 2020

Dr John-Mark Staude graduated from Pomona College, US with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology in 1987, which was quickly followed by a Master’s degree in Economic Geology at Harvard, US. John-Mark’s academic achievements continued as he went on to acquire a PhD in Economic Geology at the University of Arizona, US, focused on the mineral […]

Continue Reading →

The true nature of discovery 

November 17, 2020

by Doug Ramshaw, President at Minera Alamos Inc. What is a real exploration discovery? A discovery hole, even when it can not be classed as such, is what folks too often rely and pin their high hopes on. That hole can cause excitement both in and outside a company, and perhaps even a resulting stock […]

Continue Reading →

21 Questions: Exclusive interview with Grenville Whyte 

November 17, 2020

Grenville Whyte was raised in an off-the-grid homestead near Kirkland Lake, Ontario. He was the third child of four and back then, the implementation of school buses saved him from being home-schooled. In 1960, he wanted to go to the Arctic and a suggestion from his teacher helped him land a mechanic’s job there. Just […]

Continue Reading →

Global Drilling and Exploration Group: Grounded in South-East Asia, but ready to take on the world 

November 17, 2020

by  John Horne, Founder and Co-Owner of Global Drilling & Exploration Group Pte Ltd Established in 1993 in Indonesia, the re-badged Global Drilling and Exploration Group (GDE) has now spread its footprint throughout South-East Asia and into Australasia and Africa. While not in the realm of the largest drilling companies yet, the privately-owned GDE Group […]

Continue Reading →

Recommended and legal depth capacity of drill rigs 

November 17, 2020

by Colin Rice, Managing Director at Colin Rice Exploration and Training (Pty) Ltd. All manufacturers of diamond core drilling machines provide specifications that relate to the depth to which a particular machine can drill. Often, these specifications are confusing because the depth capacities claimed are substantially greater than the ‘legal’ depth capacity of the drill. […]

Continue Reading →

Innovation in exploration

October 30, 2020

By Eric Eckberg, Geologist Innovation and creativity are at the heart of almost everything we do as explorationists and miners. I’ve yet to hear about a program that does not involve creativity in some way, except for perhaps failed campaigns. The following series of anecdotes is a quasi-scientific recollection of my time as the Senior […]

Continue Reading →

Q&A from the experts: In conversation with Drew Craig

October 23, 2020

Drew Craig graduated from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and in 1999, gained a Masters from the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College, London. As a mineral exploration and project management specialist, Drew has a wealth of experience, gained from multiple projects focused on various […]

Continue Reading →

Battery metal potential of the Lovelock Mine, Nevada

October 19, 2020

by Mitchell Smith, President & CEO and Timothy Strong, Project Development Manager at Global Energy Metals Corporation Nevada is referred to as the ‘Silver State’ and is deemed both a national and international gold and silver province. Annually, Nevada yields up to 5 % global gold production and 80 % of the US’ production. Annual […]

Continue Reading →

Drillware closes the loop on wasted water with the Environ SRS Centrifuge

October 15, 2020

by Liam Cooley, Manufacturing at Drillware Under typical conditions in the field, it can take up to 577 600 L of water to complete the average 1000-meter N-size hole. In remote or sensitive areas, the costs associated with delivering this water are substantial, the logistics are challenging, and the process is unnecessarily wasteful. With this […]

Continue Reading →

Things will never be the same

October 14, 2020

by Louis Fourie, Owner & Principal at Terra Modelling Services Inc. A few months ago, there were industry indications that many commodities were beginning to return to a growth phase. Companies were positive, drill rigs were busy, and analytical labs were being inundated with samples. How quickly things change. The question remains as to how long […]

Continue Reading →

Mudex simplifies lost circulation material

October 14, 2020

by Dave Williams, Director at Mudex X FRAC (DD) was formulated to streamline lost circulation remediation, minimize lost production time, and reduce the amount of additional drilling fluid to displace lost circulation material (LCM) from the rod string. Inspired by oil field lost circulation technology, X FRAC (DD) contains a mix of dissimilar sized materials […]

Continue Reading →

Redmoor Project: Discovering a world-class underground tin-tungsten resource

October 6, 2020

by Samuel Bolton, Exploration Geologist at Cornwall Resources Limited Located in east Cornwall, UK, the Redmoor tin-tungsten-copper deposit has been the focus of recent and highly successful exploration by Cornwall Resources Limited (CRL) – a subsidiary of UK-listed Strategic Minerals PLC. Redmoor’s success demonstrates the potential for substantial discoveries in one of the world’s most […]

Continue Reading →

Built to explore: Multi-Power’s compact, Portable Centrifuge Mud Cleaning System

September 14, 2020

by Thomas Ulm, Sales Manager at Multi-Power Products Ltd. Remote mineral exploration drilling is difficult. Rig mobilization, supply chain logistics, crew transportation, equipment maintenance, and water supply each pose potential risk through unforeseen delays or unexpected trials. Such is life operating off the beaten path. The phrase, ‘if it was easy, everyone would do it’ often […]

Continue Reading →

What happens down the hole, stays in the core

July 17, 2020

by Juan-Luis Valenzuela, Regional Manager at Matex Drillers and geologists have long agreed to disagree over what takes priority at site – hole completion versus optimal core recovery and sample. But something we all agree on is that hole stabilization is critical, irrespective of focus or priority. With the right products on hand, mineral exploration […]

Continue Reading →

A grounded approach to wellbore stabilization

July 13, 2020

by Walker Dillabough, Drilling Fluids Manager at Di-Corp When we consider all the variables that can add to or subtract from the successful completion of a drilling program, one universally stands out: ground condition. Millions of meters of exploration has surely given us a healthy respect for the fact that ground is different everywhere and […]

Continue Reading →

Unearthing 15 of the industry’s most successful drilling contractors: Based on 2019 results

July 13, 2020

Top 15 drilling contractors by mineral exploration revenue, (million USD) Top 15 drilling contractors by number of mineral exploration drill rigs *Coring was not provided with Capital Drilling’s and Orbit Garant’s mineral exploration revenue and the number of rigs devoted only to this type of drilling. For that reason, we have included the overall FY2019 […]

Continue Reading →

Exclusive interview with Chris Hopkins

July 9, 2020

Chris ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins grew up on New South Wales’ south coast, and later in Sydney’s western suburbs, yet a relocation to Perth, Western Australia at age 11 proved the ideal change of scenery. If in search of Chris, you’ll find him in one of three places – underground, in the great outdoors, enjoying time fishing, […]

Continue Reading →

Mitchell Services: 50 years and spinning

July 9, 2020

by Andrew Elf, CEO at Mitchell Services Limited Peter and Deidre Mitchell had less than AUD 200 to their name after buying a Mayhew 1000 Drilling Rig for AUD 11 500 in 1969 and even less after it broke down at the front gate on the way to its first job. Fifty years later, Mitchell […]

Continue Reading →

Comparing multishot & continuous surveys using the TwinGyro™

April 24, 2020

by Duncan McLeod, Product Manager and Dag Billger, Business Manager at Inertial Sensing One AB Running continuous gyro surveys while conducting borehole surveying within mining applications is becoming increasingly popular. There are multiple reasons for this trend, but chief among them are the following four points. Considerably faster survey time when compared to traditional multishot […]

Continue Reading →

Directional and wireline core drilling Jwaneng diamond mine

April 22, 2020

by Filip Slavtchev, Sales Representative at MICON-Drilling GmbH German-based global drilling company, MICON-Drilling GmbH (MICON) offers directional drilling and coring services, including development and manufacturing of complete drilling bottom hole assemblies (BHAs). Projects are unique and therefore tailored to meet client expectation – as was the case with a Botswana diamond exploration project in collaboration […]

Continue Reading →

Northwest Machine Works, Inc.’s NWL rod and BW casing cutter prototype

April 15, 2020

by Gina Rinderle, Project Coordinator & Safety Officer at Northwest Machine Works, Inc. Northwest Machine Works, Inc.’s internal casing cutters are machined and assembled using simple, unique and effective design. Three cutters have proven to be market mainstays – the CCNWC (3 in or 7.62 cm), CCHWC (4 in or 10.16 cm), and CCPWC (5 […]

Continue Reading →

DeviGyro miniature survey tool

April 15, 2020

by Rune Lindhjem, Product Manager at Devico AS DeviGyro’s 125 cm overshot design Borehole surveying technology has developed and improved rapidly in recent years – driven by an increased focus on accuracy, efficiency and safety, combined with the always increasing need of knowing the borehole’s true trajectory. This applies to all drilling industries and boreholes […]

Continue Reading →

Exclusive interview with Ili Cava

April 14, 2020

Ili Cava was born on the small island nation of Fiji, before moving to the world’s largest island of Australia in 1984. A graduate of Queensland’s Townsville Grammar School, Ili worked as a driller for close to a decade, traveling across Australia, and to Europe and South East Asia – relishing every opportunity to learn […]

Continue Reading →

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, […]

Continue Reading →

Taking to the skies to unearth anorthosite: Heli-portable diamond core drilling with Cartwright Drilling Inc. & Greenland Anorthosite Mining ApS

February 28, 2020

by Jelle Terpstra. P. Eng. (Retired), President, Cartwright Drilling Inc. On August 22, 2019 Cartwright Drilling Inc. was awarded a 1500- to 2000-meter diamond core contract by Greenland Anorthosite Mining ApS. The Majorqap Qava project is located 125 km south of Nuuk, Greenland’s capital. The contract posed a challenge, despite Canadian-based Cartwright Drilling’s 16 years’ […]

Continue Reading →

Remote site drilling with Hubbard Perforaciones

February 19, 2020

by Lance Hubbard, General Manager at Hubbard Perforaciones Drilling in the Andes Mountains or South American jungle is challenging due to altitude, terrain, extreme weather and accessibility – or lack thereof, to remote drilling sites. Before starting a drilling program at a location deemed inaccessible, drilling contractors must consider many factors, and the most crucial […]

Continue Reading →

Granite’s Layne and IDS: 138 years of innovation

February 18, 2020

by Layne, A Granite Company Identification, definition and development of base and precious mineral deposits drives demand for drilling services. Layne, A Granite Company delivers quality samples that accurately reflect the location and orientation of mineral deposits. Founded 138 years ago, Layne is one of the world’s largest, most experienced water and mineral service companies. […]

Continue Reading →

Exploration drilling in Otavi Mountain Land, Namibia

January 22, 2020

by Johan Coetzee, Managing Director at Adamas Drilling and Exploration Adamas Drilling and Exploration (‘Adamas’) started its first drilling project in 2013. At that time, the company had only one core drill rig, an Atlas Copco Diamec-262, and an old Toyota Land Cruiser pick-up, a drilling team consisting of an operator, a core writer, two […]

Continue Reading →

From wilderness to resource—and those who ‘Make it so!’

November 7, 2019

by Liam Hardy, Operations Director at Spotlight Mining This May (2019) a new set of faces appeared on the Golden Triangle circuit. They were keen, enthusiastic, and financially backed to take a shot at the infamous region’s riches, but, planning a hand-son intensive drilling campaign takes more than enthusiasm. Crystal Lake Mining (TSXv: CLM) is […]

Continue Reading →

Q&A from the experts: In conversation with Michael Thomsen

November 7, 2019

Michael Thomsen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in Geology and in 1977 gained a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a mineral exploration geologist with world-class companies, including Newmont Mining Corp, Freeport-McMoRan Inc, and Gold Fields Mining Corp, Michael has visited and evaluated mineral resource opportunities in […]

Continue Reading →

Reopening a historic mine

November 7, 2019

by Graham Peterson, Geologist, Black Fox Mining LLC and GS Mining Company, LLC Gold Rush in Colorado and a New Mining Era In January of 1859, gold was discovered in Idaho Springs, Colorado. Several months later it was discovered in Central City, Colorado leading it to become known as the ‘Richest Square Mile on Earth.’ A […]

Continue Reading →

Titeline Drilling Underground: Robotics and automation are the future

November 6, 2019

by Bill Ricciardi, CEO at Titeline Drilling Pty Titeline Drilling (‘Titeline’) has been operating from its base in Ballarat Victoria for over 17 years, and continues to grow, steadily meeting the demands of a diverse customer base. The company specializes in surface and underground diamond drilling, with the surface business focusing on deep directional drilling […]

Continue Reading →

21 Questions: Exclusive interview with Craig R. Lavrick

November 4, 2019

It is rare for an individual to attest to a career of realizing true, impactful and sustainable industry change – preventing harm, saving time, money and most importantly – lives, while maintaining sensitivity to diverse cultural, geographical and political environments. Craig Lavrick is one such individual, and he’s far from hanging up his revered hard […]

Continue Reading →

45 years of geology and mineral exploration: The personal journey of a project generator

August 1, 2019

by Jean Lafleur, P. Geo. (OGQ, APGO), Mineral Exploration and Management Consultant – Blainville (Quebec) Canada at PJLEXPL Inc. Life’s journey is challenging. Whether planned or unplanned, intentional or happy-golucky, or shortened or long, life offers a variety of trials and experiences in both personal and professional situations. My wish is that your lives are […]

Continue Reading →

Q&A from the experts: In conversation with Graham Brown

July 26, 2019

Graham Brown was educated in Glasgow (Strathclyde University), graduating with a BSc in 1980. He gained his MSc at James Cook University, Australia in 1984. He has been a Fellow of the SEG since 1999 and participated in the Colombia as well as the Duke Business Leaders Programs in 2004 and 2007. In 2013 he […]

Continue Reading →

Geops-Bolkan Drilling Services perform large-diameter drilling in the Balkans

July 17, 2019

by Ilian Valkov Eng., Executive Manager at Geops-Bolkan Drilling Services Ltd One of the challenges of modern geological research is to identify the quality features of valuable resources at an early stage. The extraction of sufficient material for the initial technological research provides an opportunity to obtain critical data about the properties of the prospective […]

Continue Reading →

21 Questions: Exclusive interview with Sandra Lindberg

July 15, 2019

Sandra Lindberg is from Norsjö, in northern Sweden. She graduated in car mechanic studies in 2005 and after having her first child in 2007 embarked on a mining internship at Bergteamet (large Swedish mining services provider) that placed her in Malå and was completed in 2009. Sandra has numerous qualifications in drilling-related subjects, including an […]

Continue Reading →

Explomin: A leading Latin American drilling company

July 10, 2019

by Noé Vilcas, Executive Director at Explomin Established in Peru in 2001 by an entrepreneur as a private enterprise with 100 % Peruvian investment, Explomin initially started operations with underground core drilling. Through the years it expanded its range of services to include surface core drilling and reverse circulation drilling (RC). Completing challenging projects in […]

Continue Reading →

Similarities between magnetic and north-finding survey tools

February 26, 2019

by Duncan McLeod and Dag Billger, Inertial Sensing One AB Borehole surveying is a fundamental part of drilling operations to establish where a hole has actually been drilled. To accomplish this a variety of systems have been developed over more than a century to perform borehole surveys, based on a wide range of physical measurement […]

Continue Reading →

DiscovOre and Arrow 3S: Leading-edge design streamlines function and brings greater safety

February 25, 2019

by Artur Makos, Product Manager, Exploration Products, Epiroc The design of the traditional wireline core drilling system has remained largely unchanged since its introduction to the exploration industry. Over the years, a number of safety issues associated with the traditional wireline coring system have been addressed by manufacturers. Most of the focus has been on […]

Continue Reading →

OGK Group: Coring is our core business

February 25, 2019

Background Russian service company OGK Group was established in 2012 following the merger of the leading domestic enterprises in exploration drilling. At that time, the company had 20 employees and two drilling rigs. At first, OGK organized and performed drilling operations in the solid minerals sector, and consistently developed this activity by investing in technical […]

Continue Reading →

Exclusive interview with Luc Paquet & Denis Landry

February 22, 2019

Luc Paquet is an alumnus of Concordia University, Montreal, where he studied from 1976 to 1979 and gained a degree in Communications. Luc took his first steps in entrepreneurship by running his own business as a beekeeper. Afterward, he worked for a number of companies where he gained insights into management practices. In 1986 he […]

Continue Reading →

Directional Drilling in Rajasthan, India

November 14, 2018

by David R. Walker, Managing Director at Terra Walker Drilling Background Terra Walker Drilling, led by David Walker, was awarded exploration drilling in 2016 by Vedanta – Hindustan Zinc Ltd in Zawar Mines, Rampura Agucha Mines and Kayad Mines, Central West in the state of Rajasthan (India). The company started surface exploration drilling at two […]

Continue Reading →

Boart Longyear: Discovering the undiscovered since 1890

November 8, 2018

by Andrew Cuthbert, Senior Manager for Global Marketing & Communications at Boart Longyear History In 1890, a young mining engineer named Edmund J. Longyear set a new standard for innovation in mining. Longyear, a member of the first graduating class at the Michigan Mining School, sank the first diamond drill hole on North America’s Mesabi Iron […]

Continue Reading →

DrillSafe: A new drill site safety initiative

November 8, 2018

by Colin Rice, Managing Director at Colin Rice Exploration and Training (Pty) Ltd Much exploration drilling is conducted in remote locations, far away from mining activity, which means these operations can escape scrutiny from the prying eyes of a safety department! In the past, this situation was particularly true in South Africa where drill sites […]

Continue Reading →

21 Questions with Brian Maeck

November 8, 2018

Brian Maeck is the Global Director for Environmental, Health, Safety & Training (EHS&T) at Boart Longyear. He was educated at Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario where he was a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism program. He achieved health and safety accreditations through the University of Fredericton and is currently working towards earning his Master […]

Continue Reading →

Top 12 mineral exploration drilling contractors

July 4, 2018

Statistics based on 2017 results by Martina Samarova, Marketing and Communications Manager at Coring Magazine After a long downturn, 2017, especially the last quarter, turned out to be profitable for most companies involved in diamond drilling. Coring Magazine reviews the 2017 annual results announced publicly by drilling contractors around the world and ranks the top […]

Continue Reading →

Swick Mining: Of innovators and disruptors

June 29, 2018

by Kent Swick, Managing Director and Jenna Aziz, PR Co-ordinator History Swick Mining Services has been operating for over 20 years and was founded by Kent Swick in 1995. Kent is a fourth-generation driller with a drilling heritage that goes as far back as his great-grandfather drilling water wells across the mid-western plains of the […]

Continue Reading →

21 Questions with Dr Mark Cruise

June 29, 2018

Dr Mark Cruise is the CEO of Trevali Mining. He founded the company approximately ten years ago to take advantage of what he saw then as a tightening in the zinc market. Trevali has since grown to be a successful exploration company and now owns four operations: Santander in Peru, Caribou in Canada, Rosh Pinah […]

Continue Reading →

Energold Drilling Corp.: Experts in Man-Portable Drilling Operations 

March 22, 2018

 by Nick Holroyde, Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator, Energold Group & Richard Thomas, MD Energold Group EMEA   Energold is a diversified, global, drilling solutions provider, that services the mining, geotechnical, water and energy sectors worldwide. Listed on the Toronto stock exchange under the ticker TSX-V: EGD, Energold has been providing a comprehensive range of drilling services for over 20 years in 24 countries. The Europe-Middle East-Africa Division is based in the UK. The company has operations in […]

Continue Reading →

Volcanic cores from Iceland’s youngest island

March 22, 2018

 by Savannah Adkins Digital Marketing Co-Ordinator at Rig Source Inc. Drilling into the Surtsey Volcano Formed only 50 years ago from volcanic eruptions below the sea floor, Surtsey Island is a natural habitat protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for scientific research. Named after a fire jötunn known as Surtr in Norse Mythology, […]

Continue Reading →

21 Questions with Professor Nikolay D Nenkov 

March 16, 2018

Professor Nikolay D. Nenkov was born in the town of Elena, Bulgaria in 1928. His academic career began at the Technical University of Sofia, from where he graduated in 1951, majoring in General Mechanical Engineering. Then, in 1959 he joined the Sofia University of Mining and Geology as a lecturer. Four years after defending his dissertation thesis on drilling mechanics in 1974, he was awarded the professorship of Drilling Machines and Mechanisms and Drilling Mechanics.  The creative path of Prof. Nenkov is […]

Continue Reading →

Foraco International – Safety and Customer First Culture

May 22, 2017

One doesn’t normally think of France as a mining country, let alone the home of the world’s third-largest mineral driller, Foraco International. However, France is where the adventure started in 1962 when “Le Forage Rationnel”, as it was originally called, was founded by Andre Lamothe, in collaboration with Rogers, an American geophysical exploration company. Mining […]

Continue Reading →

PDAC 2017 Déjà-vu in Toronto

May 22, 2017

By Grigor Topev   It’s March and I’m back in Toronto for the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) 2017 trade show. Walking down the aisles in the Trade Show hall I get a strong sense of having seen it all before. Sure, you say, you have – last year. But that’s not quite […]

Continue Reading →

Exclusive interview with John MacPhail

May 22, 2017

John MacPhail has been in the drilling industry for 38 years, working in seismic and oil field drilling then moving through to mineral exploration with air drilling and diamond drilling applications. After 10 years of being at the controls himself and then field operations manager, John, together with his brother Jim, started a supply company […]

Continue Reading →

Complicated borehole trajectories. Cuiabá mine’s deep drilling project in Brazil.

January 30, 2017

  By Frederico Lana A. R. Figueiredo – Senior Exploration Geologist, Brownfields Exploration, AngloGold Ashanti AngloGold Ashanti’s deep drilling project in Brazil’s Cuiabá region was conducted between 2013 and 2015. The purpose of the project was the confirmation of important ore extensions of the Cuiabá mine gold deposit. The project’s success was possible through collaboration between AngloGold Ashanti as […]

Continue Reading →

Formulae in practice, Borehole planning and Toolface calculation

January 12, 2017

by Kiril Apostolov – Directional Drilling Engineer, BG Drilling Solutions Very often during the process of drilling for mineral reserves, the campaign reaches the point where a drill hole or holes have diverted from the proposed trajectory. In these cases, the current azimuth and dip angles of a drill hole need to be brought back […]

Continue Reading →

Directional Diamond Drilling – Definitions, terms and simple calculations

January 11, 2017

by Shteryo Lyomov, Phd, Dept. of Drilling, Transport and Oil & Gas Production, Mining and Geology U., Sofia, Bulgaria Directional diamond drilling (DDD) is powerful technology in the service of the mineral exploration industry. Its application plays an important role and is constantly increasing. A close look at its application reveals the most important factors […]

Continue Reading →

PDAC 2016: The drilling point of view

August 1, 2016

A report by Grigor Topev The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada is the biggest exploration drilling show in the world, and though thoroughly international, it has a strong Canadian f lavour. I have visited few mining exhibitions before, but this was my first PDAC expo. My purpose in visiting this year was two-fold: to […]

Continue Reading →

A driller and a geologist walk into a bar

July 29, 2016

by Erik C. Ronald, PG – Mining Geology HQ The title may sound like the start of a bad joke, but this article aims to delve deeper into the relationship between geologists and drillers in the exploration and mining industries. These two professions are central and are at times glorified, with the heroic notion of […]

Continue Reading →

The Atelier Val-d’Or VD8000 drill rig

July 26, 2016

The Atelier Val-d’Or VD8000 drill rig A proven solution for deep hole surface drilling With years of use behind them, Atelier Val-d’Or’s VD8000 and its smaller sibling the VD5000 have shown that they have what it takes to tackle the most demanding surface coring jobs in a safe and efficient manner. The VD8000 was designed […]

Continue Reading →

21 Questions with Craig Scott

July 26, 2016

Craig Scott Field Operations Manager, Hy-Tech Drilling Over the course of his drilling career, Craig Scott has worked in over 60 different countries. Prior to joining Hy-Tech Drilling in 2007, Craig had a 28-year career with Boart Longyear, where he gained significant experience in the diamond drilling industry, working his way up from driller’s helper […]

Continue Reading →

Core Drilling Industry Trends: A Namibian experience

May 17, 2016

As depressed conditions in the mining and exploration industry persist, drilling companies have no choice but to respond to the situation according to their individual circumstances. Even as a relatively small player in the international drilling industry, Günzel Drilling has had to embrace the challenges of a perpetually cyclical industry, and an investigation of its […]

Continue Reading →

The Locking Coupling: A key factor for hole deviation control

May 8, 2016

For our regular ‘Field practice’ feature, we ask coring experts to write a brief summary of their particular area of expertise. Here, Laurie Cyr and Grigor Topev combine efforts to tell us all we need to know about locking couplings and how to choose the right type. Locking coupling function The locking coupling (LC) is […]

Continue Reading →

21 Questions with Kelvin Brown, Reflex Global Product Manager

April 28, 2016

Kevin has been with REFLEX for ten years and is in charge of the Drilling Solutions, globally. He is a holder of the Australian Prospect Mining 2010 Outstanding Contribution to Mining and Miner of the Year awards for his contribution to the 2010 Chilean mine rescue. Coring Magazine: How did you get started in drilling? Kevin […]

Continue Reading →