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.
 

Development

The following equipment is either under active development or under consideration for development.

Active Development

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Foro Drill

A lighter, more robust, more easily controlled, and more user-friendly version of the 4-Inch Drill, capable of recovering 98 mm diameter ice cores down to ~400 m depth. Read more...

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RAM Drill (Upgrade)

An updated version of the existing RAM Drill capable of drilling as fast as the existing drill, but at a small fraction of the drill's current system weight. Read more...

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Sediment Laden Lake Ice Drill

A lightweight, field portable hot water drill for drilling through several meters of sediment-laden lake ice. Read more...

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Stampfli 2-Inch Drill

A very lightweight, PI-operable system capable of collecting 2"-diameter firn core down to 100-meters depth. Read more...

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Rapid Access Ice Drill (RAID)

The objective behind the RAID system is to drill through 3.3 kilometers of ice in a week, taking pieces of ice core along the way, and then recover up to 25 meters of bedrock core. Read more...

Under Consideration

The following equipment development projects have received community interest but are not currently under development at IDPO-IDDO but might be in the future.


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Foro 3000 Drill

Adapation of existing Intermediate Depth Drill system to drill to 3,000 meters. The system minimizes logistical requirements and time on-site for deep ice coring. Read more...

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RAMARA Drill

A rapid-access drill for creating dry 10-cm to 15-cm diameter holes in firn and ice to depths of ~50m to 200 m, for deployment of neutrino detectors. Read more...

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Scalable Hot Water Drill (ScHWD)

The ScHWD will be capable of drilling 50-1000 meter deep holes with hole diameters from 10-30 cm, and transportable by helicopter/Twin Otter. Read more...

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Agile Ice Coring Drill (400-900m)

This will be an ice coring drill capable of obtaining ice cores between approximately 400-900 m depth and agile enough for use in mountain glaciers and areas with limited logistics. Read more...

Completed Development Projects

The following equipment development projects are completed and the equipment is available for community use. See the full list of available equipment for community use.


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Agile Sub-Ice Geological (ASIG) Drill

The ASIG Drill is capable of drilling through 700 meters of ice, taking pieces of ice core along the way, and then recovering 5-6 meters of bedrock core. Read more...

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Blue Ice Drill

The Blue Ice Drill is capable of retrieving large-diameter cores of 241 mm (9½-inch) diameter to depths up to 25 meters in solid ice. Read more...

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Blue Ice Drill – Deep

The Blue Ice Drill – Deep is based on the original Blue Ice Drill (ice cores of 241 mm (9½-inch) diameter) but with a greater depth capability. Read more...

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IDDO Deep Logging Winch

The IDDO Deep Logging Winch is capable of logging boreholes 4000 meters deep and can operate at temperatures as low as -45° C. Read more...

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Intermediate Depth Drill (IDD)

The IDD is capable of producing 2-meter long cores 98 mm in diameter to depths of 1,500 meters. Read more...

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Intermediate Depth Logging Winch (IDLW)

The IDLW is capable of logging boreholes 1500 meters deep, can operate at temperatures as low as -45° C, and is transportable by Twin Otter. Read more...

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Replicate Ice Coring System

The Replicate Ice Coring System collects additional ice at depths of interest by deploying into an existing borehole and then deviating from it. Read more...

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Winkie Drill

An agile rock coring unit adapted by IDDO for subglacial rock coring. Using standard AW34 drill rod, the system has a depth capability of 120 meters. Read more...