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About the Sonic Drilling Industry

Terra Sonic is on the Go

We have started 2017 with a bang. February was just as busy as January, and March looks like it's going to be more of the same. We wouldn't have it any other way!

We had a great time at the ADSC Annual Conference in Palm Springs, California, and we learned a lot at SME 2017 as well. We will be presenting at the first National Driller Workshop in March, and we will also have an article published in the March issue of Engineering & Mining Journal. This month's e-newsletter offers a preview of our article and our presentation. We'll hope to see you at RemTec and and the DFI Workshop on Micropiles in the next few weeks.

The Mining Industry is Digging for a Brighter Future

This is a preview of our article that will be published in the March issue of Engineering & Mining Journal.

The mining industry has been hit hard over the last few years, largely due to an overall sluggish economy, fluctuations, and uncertainty of commodity prices. Gold mining shows this trend specifically. From 2008 to 2012, the price of gold doubled, but prices fell by over 40% in the following four years.  Particularly impacted by the Trump Presidency in the US, precious metals are expected to perform very well in 2017. Gold and silver could both rise in the face of inflationary measures, and silver could also be boosted by increased industrial demand.  Further validating these claims, the December 2016 issue of Engineering & Mining Journal included the news that Gold Fields will be extending the life of the gold mine at Damang, in Africa. A January 2017 story reported that Tahoe Resources recorded record production levels in both silver and gold in 2016.

Prices began to rebound in 2016, and the industry is hoping this trend continues. One company engaged in the gold sector and keeping an especially close eye on these developments is Ajax Mining, headquartered in Haines, Alaska. Founded in 2011 when gold prices were near their peak, Ajax has weathered the storm that has ensued since. According to Kim Ferguson, owner of Ajax Mining, "The lower gold price meant that we at Ajax Mining had to look closely at the efficiency of our operation in Alaska. By updating our machinery and optimizing our processes, we were able to increase production and decrease costs. Ajax Mining's success ultimately comes down to working with reliable and accurate geological data. This enables predictable and environmentally conscious production where only viable deposits are disturbed and processed."
Like Ajax, many mining contractors are going to be looking for ways to increase productivity and decrease costs. While the forecast for 2017 looks good so far, that news can serve as a double-edged sword. No one will complain about more opportunities, but coming out of the last five years, there will also be a mad rush for the opportunities that do present themselves. The temptation to rush through processes like exploratory drilling, pre-expansion investigations, and careful planning before building new tailings dams will be high as competition increases and the clock ticks. Regardless of the specific application, whether it is the initial investigative work or later monitoring implementation, Sonic Drilling can help the mining industry reach new heights more effectively, efficiently, and safely than ever before.

Read the full article in the March issue of Engineering & Mining Journal and learn how Ajax is using the Terra Sonic advantage to boost their business.

EnvisionĀ® Sonic: A Case Study Evaluation for Sustainability

Terra Sonic International will be presenting at the National Driller Workshop in Denver, Colorado, on March 7th.  The workshop is part of the 2017 RemTEC Conference and TSi will be discussing how the use of Sonic Drilling can contribute to project credits under the Envision sustainability program.  Envision was developed in joint collaboration between the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). ISI is a not-for profit education and research organization founded by the American Public Works Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
According to the Envision Guidance manual, "The Envision system is 
a family of tools covering all
phases of a project's life cycle: planning, design, construction, operation, and deconstruction. Envision is a sustainability rating system and planning guide for introducing sustainability considerations into infrastructure projects. Recognizing the serious need for infrastructure to incorporate issues of sustainability, Envision evaluates, grades, and gives recognition to infrastructure projects that make exemplary progress and contribute to a more sustainable future."
Sonic Drilling can provide import credits to an infrastructure project especially in the areas of Quality of Life, Resource Allocation, Leadership, Natural World, and Climate and Risk.  The following are key advantages of Sonic Drilling that promote sustainability:
  • Speed: Sonic Drilling is 3-5 times and sometimes 10 times faster than conventional drilling methods in most lithologies. The vibration induced in the drill string from the Sonic head fluidizes the formation in a very small boundary layer around the drill string. This fluidization results in a dramatic reduction in friction, thereby allowing for increased penetration rate.
  • Continuous Core Samples: Sonic Drilling can create nearly continuous in situ core samples. The ease with which the drill string passes through most formations means the core sample remains intact, giving geologists and engineers an excellent and accurate representation of the formation that is being evaluated.
  • Better Well Construction: The Sonic Drilling process creates a fully cased bore in which the well can be installed without the fear of damage that could be caused by borehole cave-in or collapse. The well (screen, riser pipe, sand pack, seal, etc) is installed inside the casing, which can then be extracted gently using vibration. This vibration will prevent bridging of the sand pack and ensures that the sand pack is spread evenly around the screen. The grout is also installed using gentle vibration to "knit" the grout into the native soil to create a tight seal. With Sonic Drilling there will be no issues with the well's performance.
  • Waste Minimization: Sonic Drilling can reduce investigative derived waste (IDW) by as much as 80% when compared to conventional drilling methods. Sonic Drilling does not necessarily require the use of water or mud and the IDW is often limited to the volume of your core samples. This significantly reduces disposal costs. Combining this benefit with the increased drill rates discussed above ensures that overall costs for the project will be reduced.
Come visit us at booth #608 and attend our presentation on March 7th.  See you in Denver!

Where to see Terra Sonic in March 2017

As was mentioned above, we're hoping to see you at the National Driller Workshop at RemTec. RemTec runs from March 7-9 in Denver, Colorado.

We will be at the DFI International Workshop on Micropiles in Vancouver, Canada, from March 29-April 1. 

Keep up on all of our comings and goings by bookmarking our events page. We hope to see you soon! 

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Mike Scaringella | Terra Sonic International | 352.801.9016 |