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.

Prairie Dog

Photo of Prairie Dog drill A modification of the hand auger, the Prairie Dog includes a stationary outer barrel that allows operations in solid ice as well as firn. The depth limit is approximately 40 m (with a Sidewinder). The drill has been used almost exclusively by Jay Kyne, its designer, who is a part time driller/engineer with IDDO. The system is commonly used in warm ice conditions where the two-barrel design aides in chip transport during coring. The system was most recently used in both Wyoming and Montana in 2013 for ice patch coring.

Hand Augers, Prairie Dog Operator Manual

Type: Coring
Number in Inventory: 1
Max. Practical Depth: 30 - 40 m
Core Diameter: 102 mm
Crew size: 1 person (but two people helps share the labor and further speeds up the cycle time)
Power Requirements/Source: hand auger; 2-kW generator or solar cells if using the Sidewinder
Shipping Weight: 100 lbs
Comments: Shipping weight does not include Sidewinder or PICO 4-inch auger normally used with this drill.