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Ameridrill Takes a Look at a Few Really Deep Drills

Monday, October 21st, 2013

For over 15 years, Ameridrill has been a local industry leader in horizontal, vertical, and geothermal drilling. In fact, Ameridrill has become known as one of the most experienced and versatile drilling companies in NJ. The highly trained staff and cutting edge equipment at Ameridrill allow them to take on some major projects. Whether it is a geo-probe at 200 feet below surface or pipe ramming for a major industrial project, Ameridrill can do it all. That being said, from time to time, the folks at Ameridrill like to take a monet and admire the engineering and drilling feats that take place around the world.

At Ameridrill, hollow stem augering and core drilling abilities are second to none. In fact, Ameridrill has the capability of drilling to 600 feet and deeper. Impressive, yes, but there have been drilling ventures around the world that make 600 feet sound shallow. For the longest time, the drilled hole that toppled all drilling projects was known as the Kola Superdeep Borehole. As the name would indicate, this hole is extremely deep. The Kola Superdeep Borehole was started as a result of a Russian scientific drilling project in 1970. The deepest point of the Kola Superdeep Borehole reached an astounding 40,230 feet.

Prior to the Kola Superdeep Borehole, the deepest drilled point was the Bertha Rogers hole in Oklahoma. In recent years, there have been holes drilled to depths of 40,318 feet and 40,502 feet. However, both of those holes were primarily horizontal drilling projects and the Kola Superdeep Borehole still remains the deepest vertical hole inside of the earth. Ameridrill is one of the leading drilling companies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, and Maryland. Unless the task is to drill deeper than the Kola Superdeep Borehole, Ameridrill can handle almost every drilling project.

 

Auger Boring

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Auger boring is used as a safe method for installing pipes and cable ducts in soft stable ground conditions such as clay and soils with contained cobbles while supporting the ground. It is a popular option used for installing utilities under railroads, highways, and levies, because the process retains the soils within the casing reducing the chances of obtaining ground settlement from excavation.

The auger boring process involves the use of an auger boring machine to rotate an auger chain or a flight positioned within a casing pipe that is fitted to a cutter head at the front of the casing. The rotating cutter head, is somewhat larger in diameter compared to the casing pipe, which digs the soil in front of the casing. The soil obtained is then transported back to the machine through the helical auger chain where it is removed by hand or by machine.

The auger boring machine progresses along a track, that is lined up to drive the casing pipe on the designed installation line. Once the auger machine reaches the end of the track arrangement, the auger chain is disconnected from the machine and the machine is moved back to the original starting point on the track where a new casing segment is welded to the existing casing pipe, and a new auger chain connected to the machine and to the existing chain/cutter head.

The excavation process is repeated until the intended project is completed. Once completed the auger chain is withdrawn from the casing pipe and cleaned of all the remaining soil so it is ready to use for the next project.

There are several advantages to using the auger boring process. For example,

-The auger machine can operate from a shaft as small as 2.40mØ

-The process uses a dry method of installation that does not generate slurry

-The procedure does not disrupt the surface, buildings, road, river, rail or traffic

-Boring underground allows for the working area to be confined to points of entry and exit only

-It is not disrupted by surface obstacles

-Can be used to install pipes in changeable ground conditions

-The process is quick and has lower overall costs

 

Pennsylvanians May Benefit From Drilling and the Marcellus Shale

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

 The United States economy has been suffering for several years and the unemployment rate has remained alarmingly high. However, Pennsylvania has consistently had a higher unemployment rate than the national average and job creation in Pennsylvania has been at a minimum. Thankfully, the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania has been decreasing and as of March was at 7.9 percent. The national unemployment average in March was at 7.6 percent; therefore Pennsylvanians continue to have fewer jobs than the rest of the country. Pennsylvania, especially the western part of the state, has historically thrived in the industrial production of steel and coal. Now, Pennsylvania may be able to benefit from a new resource, natural gas.

Natural gas has been increasing in popularity over the last several decades. The United States has seen a sharp increase in both supply and demand for natural gas. Particularly, shale gas has represented a rapidly increasing source of natural energy. A combination of improved horizontal drilling capabilities and discovery of new sources of shale gas, has led to the creation of thousands of new jobs. Pennsylvania may benefit more than any other state from shale gas and job production. The Marcellus Shale is a 600 mile area that is largely full of shale gas. The Marcellus Shale, including Pennsylvania, actually spans across seven different states.

Many large corporations have already begun to invest billions of dollars into drilling the Marcellus Shale. Royal Dutch Shell has invested close to $5 billion. In 2011, Chevron invested $3.8 billion into the Marcellus Shale by purchasing over 600,000 acres. The overall production of shale gas has increased by close to 70% in 2012 and gas exploration jobs have actually increased by upwards of 80%.

What is a Geoprobe?

Friday, April 19th, 2013

The Geoprobe is a hydraulically  powered direct push soil probing machine that utilizes static force and  percussion to drive steel boring rods into the sub-surface. There are several  types of Geoprobes of different dimensions that can be used to probe beneath  the soil. Geoprobes are useful for working in areas not easily accessible by  other drill rigs. By attaching and or assembling a variety of sampling tools to  the steel bore rods, the Geoprobe can be used to collect soil, soil-gas, and  groundwater samples.

The steel bore rods can also be  equipped with a variety of electronic probes that provide continuous in-situ  measurements of subsurface properties such as geotechnical characteristics and  contaminant distribution. The direct push technology is a useful tool for  environmental investigations and has several other advantages compared to other  conventional drilling machines in the market. Some of the other advantages of  using a Geoprobe are:

-Obtaining accurate soil samples in undisturbed soil cores allows  for a better vertical profiling ability for generating three-dimensional
profiles of a site.

-Gaining  an accurate groundwater profiling  by direct push drilling allows for gathering of in depth-discrete groundwater  samples to detect contaminated layers.

-Obtaining  a quality sample of the soil. Meaning the soil samples retrieved in plastic liners are not exposed to the atmosphere prior to
being sent to the laboratory for testing.

-No water or drilling muds are introduced during direct push boring, maintaining cleanliness throughout the process. -A faster
rate of work is completed at a reasonable time. Direct  push boring can provide data at a faster rate than conventional drilling when a
greater data density is required.

-Dual-tube sampling produces a significantly smaller volume of drill spoil requiring safe disposal of the material obtained. However,
additional  project costs may take place.

-Increased  mobility and accessibility to  confined areas.

 

The Chemistry Of Geothermal Drilling

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

During exploration chemistry is used to predict underground temperature and the origin of water. The chemistry of geothermal water plays an important role in geothermal exploration, drilling and monitoring of resources. It also defines the environmental effect of disposal of the water, and is the key to distinguishing and solving problems occurring during utilization.

During the exploration phase geochemistry is used to evaluate the origin of the water, to estimate underground temperature, characterize the reservoir chemistry in respect to use, map the extent of the geothermal system, establish changes in total well discharge composition, provide chemical data for construction design, and identify scaling and corrosion problems. The process of exploring, developing, and utilization of resources can by divided into three main phases, including surface exploration, exploratory and production drilling and utilization.

The water chemistry is relevant for all the phases and the geochemist participates in all the phases involved in research and utilization. The geochemist together with other geothermal specialists always revise the previous data when new data is collected. The geochemical methods used for interpreting the water chemistry through all the phases are the same. This information is essential for evaluation of reservoir simulation models.

A geochemical study of geothermal fluids data involves three main steps. They include the collection of samples, chemical analyses, and interpretation of the data. Collection of samples requires a decent understanding of chemical analysis and interpretation, including an understanding of measurements on-site and proper treatment of the sample. During storage the analysis in the laboratory, no matter how well the analysis is done it will not give correct information on the chemical composition of the water at the sampling site if collection and sample treatment is not inadequate. In addition, interpretation of the analytical data suffers if the collection of sample or analysis is unsatisfactory.

 

Drilling Professionals You Can Count On

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

At AmeriDrill, Inc. every drilling job, large or small, is handled by an entire drilling team who is licensed, experienced, prompt and complete jobs as efficiently and effectively as possible. Whether you need directional drilling, horizontal drilling, vertical drilling, environmental drilling, geotechnical drilling, or augering we have the right team, tools, and expertise to get your job done right.

When it comes to finding the right driller for your drilling job, you need to consider:

Experience – With over 75 years of drilling experience we are one of the most trusted drilling companies for the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area. We cover every aspect of the drilling industry and our drillers have completed drilling projects of all sizes. Ranging from soil investigations to installing geothermal systems, to water well drilling, and more. You can count on top of the line equipment and workers.

Time – Select a driller you can count on for timely performance. We do it right the first time to make sure that your directional drilling, vertical drilling, horizontal drilling, environmental drilling or geotechnical drilling needs are met efficiently and correctly.

Equipment – Ensure your driller has the best equipment for your specific drilling job. Our wide range of equipment is current, well maintained, clean, and flexible enough to turn whatever drilling challenge you have into a success

Easy To Work With – Drilling is challenging. Select a driller that is prepared to manage the challenges effectively, keep your job on track and work well with other professionals on your project.

Contact us for more information. Whether you need a well drilled, construction, environmental drilling, or geothermal drilling. Our professional drilling teams can deliver the results you are looking for and will help make your project run smoothly.

Whether you are Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland or Delaware contact us today to start your drilling job in the right direction.

 

Pipe Ramming and Bursting

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Pipe ramming is an excellent and cost-efficient alternative for placing steel casing under roads, railroads, finished landscapes and structures, as well as even in bodies of water. It is also the method of choice for cobble or free-flowing soil conditions. Compared to other methods, pipe ramming cuts down on set-up time, offers lower equipment costs, and reduces maintenance costs.

At AmeriDrill, Inc. we are exceedingly hands on with each pipe ramming and pipe bursting job we do for the PA and DE area. You can rest assured that we are consistently surveying the area to make sure the site is safe for you, the community, as well as our workers. We value safety as much as you do, which is why we go above and beyond in making sure each pipe bursting and pipe ramming job is safely handled all the way through.

With an extensive product line we are sure that we have the right ramming tool to meet your needs. The pipe ramming systems are adaptable to work on pipe ramming and pipe bursting projects, providing fast and easy field service and giving you the versatility to pursue a wide variety of jobs.

Pipe Bursting

Municipalities and underground contractors know that pipe bursting is an effective and efficient method in replacing failing, outdated, or undersized sewer, water, and gas lines. No matter what the situation, we have a system to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

Our pipe-bursting systems are designed to provide high production rates to help you complete your projects on time and under budget. The tools used are designed to handle the toughest pipe-bursting jobs with exceptional performance and features you won’t find on competitive models.

In addition, pipe bursting reduces the amount of excavation and associated surface disruption, resulting in an environmentally friendly project. At AmeriDrill, we offer an extensive line of tooling for various types of pipe replacement projects in order to meet your exact needs.

Vacuum Extraction

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Vacuum extraction is an affordable and safe alternative to use for ungrounded utility needs such as gas and water service line installation, and even soil sampling. The vacuum extraction system is becoming the preferred method of use within many industries for exposing the dangers that are underground. It also increases productivity and is safer than the old fashioned hand digging method. Traditional exploratory excavation techniques when used with ground penetrating radar or cable avoidance tools still expose ground workers to risk of injury. If this occurs, there is possible damage to the site, project delays, and expensive repair bills from service providers.

So, why use the vacuum excavation method?

Vacuum excavation systems work by using a combination of two non-intrusive loosening forces. First, compressed air is induced into the ground at high velocity, and the air stays compressed to a depth of 100mm as it penetrates granular or pervious material which fractures and lifts. Second, where cohesive soils are encountered, high pressure water is injected into the ground at 4000psi with a protective shield. Both methods safely break up the ground cover into small fragments, then a high volume vacuum is used to remove and safely contain the displaced material inside a vehicle mounted spoil tank or inline barrel interceptor. This is very useful if soils are thought to be contaminated because the barrels can be sealed for safe disposal at a later date.

In the states of New York and Maryland, we are the vacuum extraction and soft dig experts. The vacuum extraction methods use both water and air depending on the various needs of the project. The VacMaster 1000 is used for utility clearing the first five feet of boring locations below ground surface prior to drilling and to examine if utilities do or do not exist. An effective aspect of the VacMaster 1000 is that it is extremely cost effective, while maintaining high performance and results. It is also highly portable, so it can be used for all vacuum extraction needs from Maryland to New York.

 

Why Choose AmeriDrill, Inc. for Your Drilling Project

Monday, November 28th, 2011

If you are looking for highly experienced and insured workers for any or all of your drilling needs contact AmeriDrill, Inc., today.  With over 75 years of experience, we are one of the most trusted drilling companies in the Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland area. Whether your drilling needs are to be performed on land, water, rough terrain, horizontally, or in difficult access areas, AmeriDrill, Inc. provides the best equipment needed to get the job done right the first time.

Our highest quality drilling services include geotechnical, environmental or directional drilling, as well as probing and auger boring.  The things that make us a reliable and efficient horizontal directional drilling (HDD) company is that we use top of the line HDD materials and technologies to save you time and money in order to ensure you meet deadlines and budgets.  Our extensive directional drilling experience spans various East Coast locations and the most challenging terrains including those under highways, railroads, as well as heavily populated streets.

If you are searching for an experienced geoprobing company, AmeriDrill offers two 66DT Track Mounted Profile Probes that are capable of advancing probe borings in tight and hard to reach areas all around New Jersey and New York.  The Geoprobing can be used for a variety of reasons including:  extracting soil and water samples for environmental testing, advancing probe borings in tight access areas, and also taking water samples as well as installing ½ diameter wells when Hallow Stem Auger (HSA) or Air Percussion Rotary (APR) capabilities are used.

Executing a successful horizontal auger boring is no easy task, but with our highly certified, trained and insured team we make the auger boring process run more smoothly while saving you time and money.  In heavily trafficked areas such as Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York, using the auger boring is the best choice.  Not only do we meet all industry standards, but we surpass them by using state-of-the-art auger boring techniques and premier horizontal auger boring equipment. At AmeriDrill, Inc. we have built a reputation based on quality and safety.  We take great pride in ensuring that our client’s needs are being met with the best techniques in order to meet and exceed all their wishes.  With a team like AmeriDrill, Inc., you can have peace of mind knowing our crew is there each and every step of the way during your drilling project.  Remember our services are exceptional and we cover every aspect of the drilling industry!

From All Of Us Here At Ameridrill, Inc., May This Holiday Season Be Filled With Many Memorable Moments With Your Family And Friends.  Happy Holidays!