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.

Winkie Drill

The Winkie Drill is an agile commercially-available rock coring unit designed by Minex and purchased by IDDO for subglacial rock coring. IDDO has adapted the base unit to allow for ice augering and ice coring applications in the polar regions. This drill is one of two rock coring drills in the IDDO inventory (see also ASIG Drill). The Winkie Drill uses an 8 hp gasoline, 2-cycle, air cooled engine with a gear reducer and unipress hand feed system. Bit speeds are adjustable from 185 rpm for augering up to as high as 2800 rpm for rock coring. Using standard AW34 drill rod, the system has a depth capability of 120 meters. The drill uses traditional forced fluid circulation during coring, as is common in rock coring applications.

Type: Rock Coring; Ice Coring/Augering
Number in Inventory: 1
Max. Depth Possible in Ice: 120 meters using standard AW34 drill rod
Max. Depth Possible in Rock: 120 meters (designed as a rock drill; should be possible with enough time and fluid)
Hole Diameter (augering): 50 mm - 52 mm
Rock Core Diameter: 33.4 mm
Ice Core Diameter: 33.4 mm
IDDO Driller Required?: yes, 2 drillers
Power Requirements/Source: Generator 2.5 kW
Drill Fluid Required? Yes