IDP 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.

Stampfli 2-Inch Drill

The Stampfli 2-Inch Drill is a lightweight electromechanical drill that takes a 57 mm diameter core. The drill was purchased from Dieter Stampfli in Switzerland to meet requests from the community for a very lightweight, PI-operable system capable of collecting core down to 100-meters depth. The drill is configured with a winch and cable for 100 m depth and is powered by batteries, which can be charged by either a small generator or a set of solar panels. The drill is very field portable. The drill system fits inside one helicopter or twin otter, and is packed in pieces that can be lifted by one person and transported up a mountain solely by a human on foot or skis.

IDP driller Mike Jayred with the second Stampfli 2-Inch Drill test core drilled during the 2017 Arctic field season. Credit: Elizabeth Morton

IDP driller Elizabeth Morton field testing the Stampfli 2-Inch Drill. Credit: Michael Jayred

A variety of core samples retrieved with the Stampfli 2-Inch Drill during the 2017 Arctic field test of the drill. Credit: Elizabeth Morton

The shipping crate for the Stampfli Drill. Also shown is the optional tent (inside the brown/tan bag), which also fits inside the shipping crate. Credit: IDP-Wisconsin

Equipment Details

Name Stampfli 2-Inch Drill
Type Ice coring
Number in Inventory 1
Max. Practical Depth 100 m
Hole Diameter 72 mm (2.8 inches)
Core Diameter 57 mm (2.2 inches)
Core Length 0.8 m
IDP Driller Required? No
Drill Fluid Required? No
Power Requirements/Source Solar panels or 2 kW generator
Estimated Drilling Time 20 m - 3 hr
50 m - 14 hr
100 m - 40 hr
Time to move (breakdown and setup) 1 hour
Helicopter Transportable? Yes
Light Aircraft Transportable? Yes
Trench Required? No
Shipping Weight 380 lbs (including tent, excluding generator)
Shipping Cube appx 37
Comments Operable in ambient temperatures down to -25°C. A back-packable tent for housing drilling operations is also included.

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