IDDO maintains and operates existing ice drilling equipment 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, and studying subglacial geology.


Photo of Sidewinder power drive being used in the field The Sidewinder is not a drill, but is a drive/lifting system used in conjunction with hand augers. It is driven by an electric motor (power hand drill) and a winching system to help in both lowering and retrieving the drill string. The power hand drill component can also be used to help spin the hand auger barrel itself during drilling. The Sidewinder extends the maximum practical depth of coring with a hand auger to about 40 m.

The Sidewinders are increasingly being used by investigators without the assistance of IDDO drillers and this trend is expected to continue.

Hand Augers, Sidewinder Operator Manual

Type: Power unit for hand augers
Number in Inventory: 5
Max. Practical Depth: 40 m
Crew size: 1 person (but two people helps share the labor and speeds up the cycle time)
Power Requirements/Source: 2-kW generator or solar cells
Shipping Weight: 180 lbs
Comments: shipping weight includes generator. 130 lbs w/o generator