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.
 

Current Inventory

The following equipment is available for community use and is organized by coring drills, non-coring drills, and borehole logging equipment.

Coring Drills

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4-Inch Drill

A cable-suspended electromechanical drill that retrieves cores 104 mm (4-inches) in diameter down to approximately 400 meters depth. Read more...

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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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Badger-Eclipse Drill

The Badger-Eclipse drill is an electromechanical drill that takes 81 mm (3.2-inches) diameter cores up to 300 meters depth. 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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Chipmunk Drill

The smallest drill in the IDDO inventory, it is a hand-held, motor driven coring drill that collects 41 mm (1.6-inch) diameter cores in solid ice. Read more...

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Deep Ice Sheet Coring (DISC) Drill

An electromechanical drill system capable of cutting and retrieving cores of ice 122 mm (4.8 inches) in diameter to depths of 4,000 meters. Read more...

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Electrothermal Drill

This drill melts an annulus around the core. It supplements the 4-Inch Drills and can be substituted for the 4-Inch sonde for use in ice warmer than about -10°C. Read more...

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Hand Auger

The hand auger is the most basic of the mechanical drills and is driven from the surface by a series of extensions that are added as drilling proceeds into the ice. 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 1,650 meters. Read more...

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Prairie Dog Drill

A modified hand auger that includes a stationary outer barrel to allow operation in solid ice as well as firn. Retrieves cores 98 mm (3.9-inches) in diameter to depths of 30 meters (w/ Sidewinder). 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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Sidewinder Power Drive

A drive/lifting system used in conjunction with hand augers to extend the maximum practical depth of coring with a hand auger to about 40 meters. 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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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...

Non-Coring Drills

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Rapid Air Movement (RAM) Drill

Rapid Air Movement drill for the fast production of deep seismic shot holes approximately 100 mm in diameter to depths of 90 meters. Read more...

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Small Hot Water Drill

These drills use hot water to create shallow holes in the ice. Primary use is for producing shot holes and shallow access holes. Read more...

Borehole Logging Equipment

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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 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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Logging Tool Testing at IDDO

Information to questions that usually get asked by the community prior to testing their equipment in the IDDO Pressure Vessel. Read more...

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Logging Tower

This device straps to the protruding casing of a borehole allowing a sheave to extend up above the borehole with no need for any kind of tripod or crane. Read more...

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USGS Deep Logging Winch

The USGS Deep Logging Winch is capable of logging boreholes 4400 meters deep and can operate at temperatures as low as -45° C. Read more...