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.
 

Sediment Laden Lake Ice Drill

The new Sediment Laden Lake Ice Drill (SLLID) designed and built by IDDO is a 28kW hot water drill useful for creating holes with very little initial water, for freeing instrument cables from the ice, and for accessing equipment deployed beneath the ice. The drill is effective at drilling through sediment laden ice and allows safe servicing of science instruments deployed in the lakes and ocean.


Testing of the SLLID at the IDDO warehouse in Madison, WI. Credit: IDDO

The SLLID packed and ready for deployment to the field. Credit: IDDO

The drill heads for the SLLID. Credit: IDDO


Equipment Details

Name Sediment Laden Lake Ice Drill (SLLID)
Type Hot Water Drill
Number in Inventory 1
Max. Practical Depth 6 m
Hole Diameter 76mm - 250mm (3 inches - 9.8 inches)
Core Diameter Not Applicable
Core Length Not Applicable
IDDO Driller Required? No
Drill Fluid Required? No
Power Requirements/Source 2kW Generator
Estimated Drilling Time 5" diameter x 6m deep in 30 minutes
Time to move (breakdown and setup) 30 minutes
Helicopter Transportable? Yes
Light Aircraft Transportable? Yes
Trench Required? No
Shipping Weight 415 lbs
Shipping Cube 34 cubic feet

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