The IDP Science Advisory Board identified in the IDP Long Range Science Plan 2015-2025 and later, a priority need to alter the surface equipment for the existing Intermediate Depth Drill to make a drilling operation that is less logistically intensive, to be used for alpine or polar ice coring at sites with limited logistics and with two months or less time on site. In continuing discussions, it became evident that a smaller diameter core would result in significant logistical savings.
From discussions organized by IDP with iterative discussions between scientists, and IDP staff, the 700 Drill science requirements were finalized, and a Conceptual Design Review was also completed. The proposed 700 Drill system design is guided by and meets the science requirements identified by the research community. The system will be optimized to have minimal logistical requirements for drilling projects up to 700 meters depth. The proposed 700 Drill system will produce the smallest core diameter (70 mm initially, potentially adapting to 64 mm in the future) and borehole (88 mm) diameter of the IDP suite of drills, which will minimize the quantity (i.e., volume and weight) of drilling fluid and the number and weight of core boxes. Pending NSF approval, IDP will move forward with the Detailed Design phase for the 700 Drill and, when completed, will present the design to community scientists and NSF for review.
|Number in Inventory||
Number in Inventory
|Max. Practical Depth||
Max. Practical Depth
|Ice Core Diameter||
Ice Core Diameter
70 mm initially, with potential future adaptation for 64 mm core
|Ice Core Length||
Ice Core Length
|Rock Core Diameter||
Rock Core Diameter
|IDP Driller Required?||
IDP Driller Required?
|Drill Fluid Required?||
Drill Fluid Required?
|Light Aircraft Transportable?||
Light Aircraft Transportable?
|Erich Osterberg, Karl Kreutz, Andrei Kurbatov, Mary R Albert (2021) Science Requirements: 700 Drill. 1-4.||2021|
|U.S. Ice Drilling Program (2020) 700 Drill Conceptual Design Review - November 23, 2020. 1-24.||2020|
|Jay A Johnson, Matthew J Kippenhan (2017) DISC Drill vs. Foro 3000 Drill Analysis. 1-24.||2017|
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