Equipment

IDDO maintains and operates existing drills and borehole logging winches, and develops new systems with two principal foci:

  1. to provide high quality ice cores, and
  2. to produce boreholes that provide access to the interior and beds of ice sheets and glaciers for such purposes as embedding instruments, collecting gas samples, setting seismic charges, studying subglacial processes, studying subglacial geology, collecting subglacial bedrock core, and borehole logging.
 

Blue Ice Drill - Deep

The Blue Ice Drill - Deep (BID-Deep) is based on the original Blue Ice Drill (BID) but with greater depth capability.

The BID-Deep system was first tested in Greenland during the 2014 Arctic field season. A 187-meter core was drilled during the 2014 test, with poor core quality witnessed after approximately 140 meters. IDDO engineers subsequently designed less aggressive cutters to help improve core quality at increased depths.

A subsequent test of the BID-Deep system was conducted down to 125 meters at Taylor Glacier during the 2014-15 Antarctic field season. During the test, the quality of the large-diameter core was found to suffer below a depth of 70 meters.

The BID-Deep system was further tested in Greenland during the 2015 Arctic field season using new cutters in an effort to improve core quality at depth. The drill was able to drill to approximately 155 meters using the new step cutters and trying a variety of other techniques before core quality was no longer acceptable.

The depth capability of the BID is still largely influenced by site/ice characteristics.


The Blue Ice Drill at Taylor Glacier, Antarctica, during the 2014-2015 field season.

The Blue Ice Drill at Summit, Greenland, during the 2010 field season. Credit: Ben Hmiel

Scientist Michael Dyonisius, foreground, assists IDDO driller Mike Jayred with drilling an ice core on Taylor Glacier, Antarctica, during the 2013-2014 field season. Credit: Peter Rejcek

Scientist Michael Dyonisius, foreground, assists IDDO driller Mike Jayred with drilling an ice core on Taylor Glacier, Antarctica, during the 2013-2014 field season. Credit: Peter Rejcek


Equipment Details

Name Blue Ice Drill (BID) - Deep
Type Ice coring
Number in Inventory 1
Max. Practical Depth 200 meters. The depth capability of the BID-Deep is largely influenced by site/ice characteristics. See text above for previous depth limits.
Hole Diameter 288 mm (11.3 inches)
Core Diameter 241 mm (9.5 inches)
Core Length 1.0 m
IDDO Driller Required? Yes, 2 drillers
Drill Fluid Required? No
Power requirements/source 120v, 5kW generator
Estimated Drilling Time 50 m - 12 hours
100 m - 25 hours
150 m - 40 hours
200 m - 60 hours
Time to move (breakdown and setup) 4 hours
Helicopter Transportable? Yes
Light Aircraft Transportable? Yes
Trench Required? No
Shipping Weight 4,300 lbs
Shipping Cube 270