Client: Worley Parsons (owner Government of Canada)
Location: Eureka, Nunavut, Canada
Drill Rigs Committed: 1
Geotech was awarded a program in 2012 for a geotechnical drilling program in the second most northerly inhabited location in the world, Eureka, Nunavut, Canada.
40 boreholes, utilizing both HQ3 coring and air rotary methodologies were completed on the program, for an assessment at a Government weather station.
Due to the extreme remoteness of the program, extensive preparation and planning was required to ensure project efficiency. All equipment was transported by truck to Yellowknife and was loaded onto a Hercules cargo plane for shipping to Eureka, Nunavut. A modular style drill shack was designed to fit into the aircraft along with all support equipment.
Added challenges included extreme weather conditions, wildlife encounters (polar bears) and water supply, where the only water source available was from the ice covered ocean.
The program, with holes ranging from 7 to 10 meters, was successfully completed utilizing a Hydracore 1800 skid mounted drill rig, enclosed within the specialized drill shack.