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The paper-free way to better manage safety

Drill Safe

 
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Having a robust and easy-to-use safety reporting procedure in mining and exploration operations is essential to developing a resilient safety culture. Correct and detailed reporting will obtain important information about health and safety issues in the workplace, identify problems when they arise and prevent future occurrences. Traditionally, it has been tough to make procedures work without placing a burden on personnel, whether it be the training or just the day-to-day operations. 

Processes that traditionally consisted of pencilling in answers in carbon copy books, taken to the office and manually entered into an excel spread sheet by an office administrator and eventually entered into a  database for reporting, simply is too long and a complicated process. Doing it incorrectly can potentially lead to serious injuries or legal issues.

Comprehensive and verified reporting helps companies manage safety issues and effectively prevent incident recurrences. They can also help in understanding why incidents occurred, making better decisions, setting priorities, and allowing users to analyse trends in the workplace. But this is only achievable if the data is clean, workflows are streamlined and you have the tools to interpret data easily and fast. 

IMDEX MOBILE™ takes traditional, paper based workflows and using the advances in mobile technology to create a seamless workflow for the real-time acquisition and validation of field data. This software-as-a-service is the mineral industry’s best practice for paperless data collection and productivity reporting. The application ensures supervisors, managers and stakeholders can make informed decisions based on real-time data they can trust, anywhere, anytime, and users can input data easily and fast. 

With an easy to use interface, strict data verification QA process and seamless integration to the company’s cloud based hub IMDEXHUB-IQ™ and other third party software, this application streamlines the data capture and management process.

The three key formats IMDEX MOBILE™ provides safety in a digital platform are pre-start inspections, verification of competency (theory and practical assessments) and customised forms.

Traditionally with pre-start inspections carbon-copy books have been used, but a risk with human nature means mandatory information may not be fully captured. Some sites can have hundreds of types of machinery, vehicles or equipment on site – each with its own specific checks. By digitizing forms, we can customise and create relevant questions which will display depending on what kind of equipment you are selecting. With IMDEX MOBILE™, we are able to build business rules and logic in to the forms, making sure the data is clean and the process is not overcomplicated. Another key outcome is the ability to record fuel consumption, engine hours or distance travelled against an asset ID, and integrates data with 3rdparty maintenance management software. 

However, data capture is only the first part of the solution, IMDEX MOBILE™ also automates email notifications so critical data, such as critical faults can reach maintenance staff and supervisors - sometimes faster than receiving a phone call.  This all adds to the prevention of injuries and commercial impacts such as equipment damage and productivity losses.

IMDEX MOBILE™ is also equipped to carry out verification of competency (VOC) such as theoretical and practical assessments. Generally there is certain equipment that staff must be trained on at regular intervals. This may be the case of new starters who need to know the background of using equipment or existing staff that need to brush up on their knowledge. The ability to conduct an assessment on site was traditionally a paper-based format with many large documents required. With paperless assessments, conducting training is easy, signoff can be instantaneous, training matrix reports automated and stored via IMDEXHUB-IQ™. This way drilling contractors and resource companies have instant access to who has completed what level of training and at what date, without following a paper trail.

We have a number of clients that elect to design their own customised forms and safety inspection workflows such as site inspections and rig audits to maintain their site safety requirements. Traditionally these workflows experience the same pitfalls – human error on data capture, time standing at the scanner, data entry into a spread sheet and the primary database. These are critical workflows that can take up an incredible amount of time if you conduct a time cost analysis.

Over the last six years, IMDEX has seen a big emphasis on safety and has made it a priority to make processes easier and more efficient. The key principle of safety is the cost of human life; IMDEX has seen the industry progress rapidly over the last 20 years particularly, compared to the 60s and 70s where the industry just accepted that injuries would just happen.  Now IMDEX is empowering their clients to utilise technology to increase safety awareness and reduce incidences. As more and more sites gain access to internet connection and everyday people are spending more time on their devices and utilising online tools, IMDEX MOBILE™ has been a natural addition to sites.

Visibility across all activity provides valuable information for companies to ensure their projects remain safe, within budget and on time. Contractors can monitor crews, equipment, hazards and consumables on a shift by shift basis to ensure they remain within project parameters, the worksite is safe and operations can continue as normal.  Throughout theexperience of releasing this product globally, IMDEX has been able to eliminate manual data entry, greatly reduce human error and change a time-consuming, high maintenance process into an instant one.


Further information
For more information on IMDEX MOBILE™, IMDEX’s Drilling Optimisation solution or ways we can support you, please visit www.reflexnow.com, or contact your nearest REFLEX or AMC representative.
You can also catch Troy Giesler speaking about our solutions at the Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum on 20 July 2018 in Johannesburg. Register at: http://www.drillsafe.co.za/innovation-forum-2018-registration/   

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Rosond group successfully maintains its safety achievements

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Media statement by ROSOND (Pty) Ltd.

The Rosond group continues to place the safety of their employees at the helm of their operations. This is evident in the recent safety achievement of six months with no Lost Time Injuries (LTI) as a group from July 2017 to January 2018, following a zero harm achievement in their past financial quarter.

At the following sites; Geotechnical, Rasimoni, Elandsrand, Dishaba diamond drilling, Kloof diamond drilling, Tumela diamond drilling, and South Deep diamond drilling - no employee was off from work due to an accident for a period ranging between five and ten years. This is an outstanding achievement for Rosond, bearing in mind the harsh environment it operates in.

“Maintaining our safety achievements is crucial for us. Our daily goal is to make sure that everyone goes home safe to their families and these results are proof that we are on the right track. We will continue to adhere to our safety and health policies in order continue maintaining our performance. Rosond’s goal is to be LTI free by 2020,” says Ricardo Cravo Ribeiro, Operations Director at Rosond.

A culture of zero harm

Rosond’s safety is a collective effort. Management reviews and updates safety manuals annually and when required. After an accident, systems are revisited to ensure the lessons learnt from the accidents are implemented. Employees receive theoretical and practical training annually and when required, on safety and technical aspects to re-emphasise information and ensure that they are motivated to continue to do their jobs safely. Alongside safety training, the use of technologically advanced machinery, equipment and safety devices forms part of Rosond’s safety mandate.

When new employees are recruited, Rosond places them under psychometric tests in order to match them with the intended role and then proceeds with safety and technical training.

Andre Kleynhans, Rosond Safety Manager says, “Safety is a responsibility of all employees and the management; it is team work. Our ongoing safety achievements are a result of continuous improvement of safety methods by management and continuous implementation of safety measures by employees. Another important aspect is that we are committed to investigating all unsafe practices and incidents and take the necessary steps to prevent re-occurrence. So far, Rosond has been doing extremely well, so well that our mind-set has shifted to always put safety first at all times creating a culture of zero harm.”

Safety onwards

To successfully maintain their safety achievements, Rosond is committed to continually apply simple and understandable safety management systems and ensure that all employees are equipped with the means to implement safety procedures at all times.

Rosond also put in place a safety incentive scheme where employees are awarded an incentive when they achieve set safety objectives and targets.

 “Our safety achievements are giving us a competitive edge in the market furthering our client’s trust in our ability to provide seamless and quality service; and at the same time encouraging potential clients to place us top of mind when seeking services like ours,” says Ribeiro.

To reinforce their safety strategy, increase productivity and minimise risks, Rosond is in the process of developing a technologically advanced surface exploration rig. The machine will be fully automated and workers will be operating it from a ‘safe zone’ most of the time.

“We will continue to develop tools, machinery or equipment that will assist our employees to do their jobs safely and productively,” concludes Ribeiro.

Putting together the safety puzzle

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A few years ago, Major Drilling reached the milestone of working more than 7,000,000 hours without a lost time injury globally. Getting to this point was like putting together a large puzzle with hundreds of pieces. Every employee holds a piece of the puzzle and when we all work safely, we are placing our piece in the right spot to help form the picture of a workplace where every employee returns home. When assembling a jigsaw puzzle with so many pieces, one of the basic strategies is to start by putting together the outside edges and then work your way into the more difficult pieces in the centre.

In safety, the outside edges of our puzzle consist of the key programs and principles that form the framework of our systems.  Some of these include:

  • Communications - One of the keys to improving our performance has been for managers to support safety by having positive safety interactions. Dean Connett, HSEC Manager for Major Drilling America feels that communication and interactions have helped his branch work more than 3 years LTI free. "We decided as management in one of our management meetings that we need to be visible on our sites and spend more time coaching our crews. This has yielded results as the crews feel appreciated and valued.”

  • Take 5 Risk Assessment - We adopted the TAKE 5 program as our field level risk assessment tool in 2008. Use of TAKE 5 helps to identify site-specific risks that are based on the task you are doing and the environment where you are performing the task. Identification and elimination of these jobsite risks is a large part of our safety system and has been one of the keys to our success. Juan Coronel, an entry level employee in Argentina was asked what has helped his branch achieve more than 2 years LTI free “TAKE 5. It’s a perfect way to identify hazards and assess risks, individually and in a group, to eliminate or reduce the risk, so the task can be performed safely.”

  • 10 Lifesaving Rules - The company introduced an easy to follow safety program summary we call our 10 Lifesaving Rules. These rules were developed after reviewing our incident history, evaluating our worksites, and working with our clients. Sylvie Gaudet, the HR & HSEC coordinator in our corporate office believes these rules have helped reinforce safety for our high-risk activities. “These 10 Lifesaving Rules serve as a reminder to all employees of what kind of activities have high potential for serious injury. By following these rules we can keep ourselves and our co-workers safe every day”.

  • Right and Responsibility to Refuse Unsafe Work - Every employee has the ability and responsibility to refuse to work with unsafe equipment, in an unsafe location, or without the proper training for the task. Recently two of our employees exercised this right by refusing to take a truck mounted rig onto a dirt road that was not safe to travel. Despite pressure from the road contractor and drill consultant for our client, our crew held their ground and clearly explained what needed to be done to make the road safe. After reviewing the road with our crews, the client agreed to fix the road and the rig is now onsite drilling. By not exposing the rigs to unsafe roads, we avoided significant risk to our employees and equipment and were able to demonstrate our commitment to safety with our client.

These are just a few of the pieces of the puzzle that help us remain safe each day. Each day we challenge our crews to think about their own piece of the safety puzzle and how their decisions and actions shape our puzzle. By committing to safe production on our sites, we can place these individual pieces into the complete safety picture and we will end up reaching even greater safety milestones in the future.

The paper-free way to better manage safety

Drill Safe

 
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Having a robust and easy-to-use safety reporting procedure in mining and exploration operations is essential to developing a resilient safety culture. Correct and detailed reporting will obtain important information about health and safety issues in the workplace, identify problems when they arise and prevent future occurrences. Traditionally, it has been tough to make procedures work without placing a burden on personnel, whether it be the training or just the day-to-day operations. 

Processes that traditionally consisted of pencilling in answers in carbon copy books, taken to the office and manually entered into an excel spread sheet by an office administrator and eventually entered into a  database for reporting, simply is too long and a complicated process. Doing it incorrectly can potentially lead to serious injuries or legal issues.

Comprehensive and verified reporting helps companies manage safety issues and effectively prevent incident recurrences. They can also help in understanding why incidents occurred, making better decisions, setting priorities, and allowing users to analyse trends in the workplace. But this is only achievable if the data is clean, workflows are streamlined and you have the tools to interpret data easily and fast. 

IMDEX MOBILE™ takes traditional, paper based workflows and using the advances in mobile technology to create a seamless workflow for the real-time acquisition and validation of field data. This software-as-a-service is the mineral industry’s best practice for paperless data collection and productivity reporting. The application ensures supervisors, managers and stakeholders can make informed decisions based on real-time data they can trust, anywhere, anytime, and users can input data easily and fast. 

With an easy to use interface, strict data verification QA process and seamless integration to the company’s cloud based hub IMDEXHUB-IQ™ and other third party software, this application streamlines the data capture and management process.

The three key formats IMDEX MOBILE™ provides safety in a digital platform are pre-start inspections, verification of competency (theory and practical assessments) and customised forms.

Traditionally with pre-start inspections carbon-copy books have been used, but a risk with human nature means mandatory information may not be fully captured. Some sites can have hundreds of types of machinery, vehicles or equipment on site – each with its own specific checks. By digitizing forms, we can customise and create relevant questions which will display depending on what kind of equipment you are selecting. With IMDEX MOBILE™, we are able to build business rules and logic in to the forms, making sure the data is clean and the process is not overcomplicated. Another key outcome is the ability to record fuel consumption, engine hours or distance travelled against an asset ID, and integrates data with 3rdparty maintenance management software. 

However, data capture is only the first part of the solution, IMDEX MOBILE™ also automates email notifications so critical data, such as critical faults can reach maintenance staff and supervisors - sometimes faster than receiving a phone call.  This all adds to the prevention of injuries and commercial impacts such as equipment damage and productivity losses.

IMDEX MOBILE™ is also equipped to carry out verification of competency (VOC) such as theoretical and practical assessments. Generally there is certain equipment that staff must be trained on at regular intervals. This may be the case of new starters who need to know the background of using equipment or existing staff that need to brush up on their knowledge. The ability to conduct an assessment on site was traditionally a paper-based format with many large documents required. With paperless assessments, conducting training is easy, signoff can be instantaneous, training matrix reports automated and stored via IMDEXHUB-IQ™. This way drilling contractors and resource companies have instant access to who has completed what level of training and at what date, without following a paper trail.

We have a number of clients that elect to design their own customised forms and safety inspection workflows such as site inspections and rig audits to maintain their site safety requirements. Traditionally these workflows experience the same pitfalls – human error on data capture, time standing at the scanner, data entry into a spread sheet and the primary database. These are critical workflows that can take up an incredible amount of time if you conduct a time cost analysis.

Over the last six years, IMDEX has seen a big emphasis on safety and has made it a priority to make processes easier and more efficient. The key principle of safety is the cost of human life; IMDEX has seen the industry progress rapidly over the last 20 years particularly, compared to the 60s and 70s where the industry just accepted that injuries would just happen.  Now IMDEX is empowering their clients to utilise technology to increase safety awareness and reduce incidences. As more and more sites gain access to internet connection and everyday people are spending more time on their devices and utilising online tools, IMDEX MOBILE™ has been a natural addition to sites.

Visibility across all activity provides valuable information for companies to ensure their projects remain safe, within budget and on time. Contractors can monitor crews, equipment, hazards and consumables on a shift by shift basis to ensure they remain within project parameters, the worksite is safe and operations can continue as normal.  Throughout theexperience of releasing this product globally, IMDEX has been able to eliminate manual data entry, greatly reduce human error and change a time-consuming, high maintenance process into an instant one.


Further information
For more information on IMDEX MOBILE™, IMDEX’s Drilling Optimisation solution or ways we can support you, please visit www.reflexnow.com, or contact your nearest REFLEX or AMC representative.
You can also catch Troy Giesler speaking about our solutions at the Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum on 20 July 2018 in Johannesburg. Register at: http://www.drillsafe.co.za/innovation-forum-2018-registration/   

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Sponsor of the Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum 2018

Drill Safe

 
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Geoserve is one of the General Sponsors of the Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum, taking place on 20 July 2018 at Glen Hove Conferencing, Johannesburg. 

Geoserve is one of the more recent additions to the DrillSafe Annual Contributors and we are so happy you are on board with us!

We would like to thank Geoserve for recognising the importance of DrillSafe and for their support! 

How to Safely Assemble an RC Hammer

Drill Safe

 
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By Luke Byrne

The history of pneumatic hammers is thought to date back to 1844 when they were originally designed for hard rock drilling in quarry environments. The hammer remained at the surface of the hole whereby more drill pipe was added once the head reached the table. At this time the systems used were inefficient and resulted in inaccuracies of the borehole which in turn resulted in inaccurate control of the blasting process. Once the DTH system was engineered by Andre Stenuik from Belgium in 1954 it was quickly implemented and then soared to the top as the premier method for hard rock drilling diameters of 5” and above.

While significant product developments have been made over the years to the DTH hammer category the hazards involved within assembly and disassembly of the product largely remain the same. Mincon Rockdrill’s take its responsibility seriously in all HSE matters and strictly adheres to the following controls measures when assembling our DTH hammers in our manufacturing environment. All employees prescribe to the safe work practices, manual handling techniques, correct use of tooling, lifting aids, housekeeping and personal protective equipment appropriate for the task as highlighted from the relevant risk assessment.

Safe Assembly of a Reverse Circulation Hammer

Ensure all components, except for the sample tube, are liberally coated with good quality rock drill oil and threads with thread grease. Check the condition of all O rings and the check valve seal before assembly. Assembly of all hammers should be completed with the following PPE steel cap boots, gloves and safety glasses. Tooling such as dolly’s and hammers should be inspected and dressed as appropriate before use.

  • Identify the chuck end of the hammer and stand the wear sleeve with the chuck end facing up (ensure the wear sleeve is on even ground and the area is free of spill hazards). Insert the piston retaining ring in to the groove provided. Ensure the extraction groove on the retaining ring is facing the chuck end of the hammer.

  • Insert the Aligner (with the smaller outside diameter facing the piston retaining ring) in to the wear sleeve. Using a soft steel drift, tap the aligner in to place against the piston retaining ring.

  • Place the bit retaining rings on top of the aligner.

  • Grease the chuck then screw (with the chuck sleeve assembled on it) in to the wear sleeve.

  • Seal up the chuck end of the hammer as to reduce the likelihood of rock oil running from the bottom end producing slip hazards.

  • Lay the hammer horizontally then lubricate the piston and feed into the wear sleeve (as the piston is heavy and lubricated be careful for the pinch point between the two parts)

  • Stand the hammer with the back head end facing up (Be sure the environment is clean so the hammer will not slip thereby generating a crush point)

 Note: This is one type of injury that can be sustained.

Note: This is one type of injury that can be sustained.

 
  • Insert the Sample tube mount in to the inner cylinder and fit the seating rings around the round holes on the inner cylinder.

  • Insert the Inner cylinder assembly in to the wear sleeve. Tap the assembly in to place using a soft steel drift (inspect the drift before use as metal fragments can lodge in the skin at velocity).

  • Place the lock ring on top of the sample tube mount.

  • Fit the spacer on to the sample tube with the flat face facing down to the drill bit end of the sample tube. Place the check valve spring on to the locating recess on the spacer and fit the check valve in to place.

  • Spray the area under the rings of the sample tube with penetrating oil (e.g. CRC / WD40). If hammer oil is used then the sample tube will not go in to place properly because a hydraulic lock will occur between the sample tube shoulder and the sample tube mount.

  • Insert the sample tube assembly in to the hammer.

  • Pour hammer oil in to the hammer.

  • Fit the screen to the adaptor tube and insert the assembly in to the back head. Insert the circlip in to the back head to lock the assembly in to place.

  • Screw the back head assembly in to the wear sleeve. There should be a standoff gap of between 0.5mm - 1mm (0.020” – 0.040”) between the back head and wear sleeve shoulders. If the shoulders meet up then the lock ring needs to be replaced so that all internal parts are properly locked in place.
    Seal up the top of the hammer.

  • Store the hammer on its side and rotate it periodically if it is being stored for an extended period of time. If a hammer is to be stored for a long period of time, we would recommend that the hammer be disassembled, oiled up, and stored in a clean, dry environment.

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Safety standards - the way to go!

Drill Safe

 
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In 2009 when Colin Rice Exploration and Training first explored and developed a drill site safety standard for a major mining company, there was not much interest in it from the rest of the industry. Since then, we have developed drill site safety standards for 5 other major mining companies in Africa. The drive for a safety standard was predominantly from mining companies to gain consistency in safety performance across their projects. However, from our recent experience and interactions, a number of contractors have shown great interest in applying similar standards across their operations. The potential benefits of this standard are: 

  • Improved safety
  • Relationships with mining companies become easier and more transparent
  • Ensures total compliance with legislation

The fact that so many other role players are looking to adopt a drill site safety standard illustrates the enormous benefits of working to a known set of requirements and that the need for an industry safety standard is greater than ever.

Catch Colin Rice discussing the need for a drill site safety standard at the Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum on 20 July 2018 in Johannesburg. 
Register here http://www.drillsafe.co.za/innovation-forum-2018-registration/

Major Sponsor of the Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum

Drill Safe

 
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Master Drilling is one of the Major Sponsors of the Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum, taking place on 20 July 2018 at Glen Hove Conferencing, Johannesburg. 

Master Drilling have supported DrillSafe from the beginning and are one of the founding DrillSafe Annual Contributors. 

We would like to thank Master Drilling for recognising the importance of DrillSafe and for their support! 

Plastic core trays

Drill Safe

 
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The plastic core tray offers a core storage solution that is robust, impervious to corrosion, ergonomically designed with two carry recesses per end and no sharp edges. Interlocking so forms neat and safe stacks or nesting for transport. 

The core trays have:

  • drainage holes
  • channel ridge meter marks
  • made of black plastic with maximum UV stabilisers

You can drive over this core tray!

Also available in white on request. Available in NQ/HQ/PQ sizes.

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Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or quotes should you have a need.

Denis Blewett

Cell: +27 (0) 82 744 7594

Tel: +27 (0) 11 392 5324

Fax:+27 (0) 086 580 7392

Email: denis@geoexplorestore.co.za

Sponsor of the Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum

Drill Safe

 
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Premier Drilling Equipment is the Drinks Sponsor for the Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum, taking place on 20 July 2018 at Glen Hove Conferencing, Johannesburg. 

Premier Drilling Equipment is one of the more recent additions to the DrillSafe Annual Contributors and we are so happy you are on board with us!

We would like to thank Premier Drilling Equipment for recognising the importance of DrillSafe and for their support! 

Register to attend the Drill Rig and Safety Innovation Forum and come and enjoy a networking drink with us.

Record Drilling Research Wells in the Karoo Basin

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Compiled by:
Lauferts, H. - Shell International E&P, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Homrighausen, R. - Akademie der Geowissenschaften, Hannover, Germany
Crous, E. - Geoserve Drilling South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa


 The year 2015 has seen scientific drilling activities in the Karoo Basin. With funding from South Africa’s Centre of Excellence for Integrated Mineral and Energy Resource Analysis (CIMERA) and multiple international industry sponsors, the Karoo Research Initiative (KARIN) operated and delivered successfully two fully cored research wells near the towns of Ceres (drilled to 670 meters) and Willowvale (drilled to 2380 meters). The main purpose of drilling these wells was to demonstrate world class drilling safety and to provide geoscience researchers in South Africa with fresh rock samples for investigation. The secondary objective of the campaign was to prove technical capabilities of South African drilling contractors. These capabilities were known for decades in igneous and hard rock geology of the Witwatersrand. However, in the sedimentary sections of the Karoo Basin very important choices had to be made in terms of well design, drilling and completion hardware selection, mud system type, and safe and environmentally sound operational procedures.

 Figure 1: A well site near Ceres, South Africa

Figure 1: A well site near Ceres, South Africa

 Figure 2: Site rehabilitation post project, Ceres

Figure 2: Site rehabilitation post project, Ceres

 As with any technically complex activity, appropriate and timely planning helps to insure that set objectives can be safely achieved. This is particularly important in the sensitive Karoo Basin, where many eyes are focussing on a spotless environmental performance. The paper describes the project steps from well design, tender exercise to the actual drilling and data logging operations. 

The drilling operations at the Ceres site took place in July and August 2015, while the Willowvale well was drilled between September and December 2015. The combined core lengths of almost 3000 meters make these wells record breakers in the Karoo Basin. While successfully delivering the wells, Geoserve Drilling SA demonstrated that safe and cost effective drilling can be done by South African contractors. The drilled cores will help South African geoscientists understand the Karoo geology better and provide a sound foundation for future decision making.

 Figure 3: Willowvale Project - site layout

Figure 3: Willowvale Project - site layout

  Figure 4: Contained Sump System and Solids Removal Unit

Figure 4: Contained Sump System and Solids Removal Unit

MBI safety overshot

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Wireline retrieval operations can be hazardous on many diamond core drilling sites. We are proud to offer a product that eliminates the risk of inner tube de-latching: MBI Safety Overshot. 

 
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Regularly inspecting the overshot is a legal requirement. Daily inspection is strongly recommended to ensure the eye bolt can rotate freely in the cable swivel collar and that the assembly is greased.

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