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Top 10 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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