Client: De Beers Group of Companies
Location: Snap Lake Mine, Northwest Territories
Drill Rigs Committed: 1


Geotech was contracted for a two phase two month drilling program in a remote area of the Northwest Territories at the Snap Lake Mine in 2015.

The crews completed various methodologies of drilling and testing throughout the program phases which included; ODEX, Coring, SPT, CPT, and CRREL barrel ice auger sampling, which takes a core sample of the frozen ground. At the completion of the boreholes, the crews successfully installed thermistors, piezometers and monitoring wells.

Due to extreme temperatures and wind, our team designed a “rig tent” that encloses the rig and support trailer to protect the crews from the harsh environment. Based on the effectiveness of this enclosure, Geotech is looking to expand and use on future extreme environment programs.

A Fraste MDXL was utilized on this program to complete borehole ranging from 50 meters to 150 meters in depth.