Blue Ice Drill

Description

The Blue Ice Drill (BID) is an agile drill capable of retrieving cores of approximately 241 mm (9½-inch) in diameter. The BID system had a depth capability of 30 meters in solid ice in its original design and has been used successfully in both Greenland and Antarctica for many years. In PY 2014, the system was modified to allow for deeper coring to 200 m depth at the request of the scientific community. A new cable winch and tower were implemented in the design as well as several new down-hole components. In 2015, IDP further implemented and tested new step cutters during a Greenland deployment. Depth capability is still largely influenced by site/ice characteristics. The current equipment is likely reaching its operational limits and assuring depths of 200 m would require a re-design of the system. The standard BID typically utilizes a ropes setup for coring to shallow depths, and the cable winch is used for achieving greater depths.

Equipment Details

Name Blue Ice Drill
Type
Type
Ice coring
Number in Inventory
Number in Inventory
1
Max. Practical Depth
Max. Practical Depth
25 m (200 m for BID-Deep version*)
Hole Diameter
Hole Diameter
288 mm (11.3 inches)
Ice Core Diameter
Ice Core Diameter
241 mm (9.5 inches)
Ice Core Length
Ice Core Length
1 m
IDP Driller Required?
IDP Driller Required?
Yes, 1 driller (2 people required for drill operation)
Drill Fluid Required?
Drill Fluid Required?
No
Power Requirements/Source
Power Requirements/Source
120 V, 3.5 kW generator (5 kW generator for BID-Deep)
Estimated Drilling Time
Estimated Drilling Time

10 m - 2 hours
20 m - 4 hours
25 m - 5 hours

50 m - 12 hours
100 m - 25 hours
150 m - 40 hours
200 m - 60 hours

Time to Move (breakdown and setup)
Time to Move (breakdown and setup)
4 hours
Helicopter Transportable?
Helicopter Transportable?
Yes
Light Aircraft Transportable?
Light Aircraft Transportable?
Yes
Shipping Weight
Shipping Weight

4,300 lbs

Shipping Volume (Cube)
Shipping Cube

270

Comments
Comments

* The depth capability of the BID-Deep is largely influenced by site/ice characteristics. The current equipment is likely reaching its operational limits and assuring acceptable core quality at depths of 200 m would require a re-design of the system.

Documents

Citation Year
Tanner W Kuhl, Jay A Johnson, Alexander J Shturmakov, Joshua J Goetz, Chris J Gibson, Donald A Lebar (2014) A new large-diameter ice-core drill: the Blue Ice Drill. Annals of Glaciology, 55, (68), 1-6. doi: 10.3189/2014AoG68A009. https://doi.org/10.3189/2014AoG68A009 2014
Jeffrey P Severinghaus, IDDO (2009) Blue Ice Drill Development: Science Requirements Document. 1-3. 2009

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Project History

2019-2020 Antarctic - Early and Mid Pleistocene Climate Archives from the Allan Hills Blue Ice Area
2018-2019 Antarctic - Reconstructing Carbon-14 of Atmospheric Carbon Monoxide from Law Dome, Antarctica, to Constrain Long-Term Hydroxyl Radical Variability
2015 Arctic - Greenland: Investigating Carbon-14 in Polar Firn and Ice
2015 Arctic - Greenland: Reconstruction of Carbon Monoxide in the Pre-Industrial Arctic Atmosphere
2015-2016 Antarctic - Climate Controls on Aerosol Fluxes to Taylor Dome and Taylor Glacier
2015-2016 Antarctic - Using 14C in Ice to Understand the Past Methane Budget and Cosmogenic Production Rates
2014 Arctic - Greenland: Investigating Carbon-14 in Polar Firn and Ice
2014-2015 Antarctic - Using 14C in Ice to Understand the Past Methane Budget and Cosmogenic Production Rates
2013 Arctic - Greenland: Investigating Carbon-14 in Polar Firn and Ice
2013-2014 Antarctic - Using 14C in Ice to Understand the Past Methane Budget and Cosmogenic Production Rates
2013-2014 Antarctic - Climate Controls on Aerosol Fluxes to Taylor Dome and Taylor Glacier
2011-2012 Antarctic - Taylor Glacier Ice Coring
2010-2011 Antarctic - A "Horizontal Ice Core" for Large-Volume Samples of the Past Atmosphere

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