Most companies involved in the oil drilling and exploration industry tend to have a full comprehension of what sonic drilling is capable of only after getting advised that they should make use of sonic rigs at an alluvial platinum project. Sonic type of drilling would be most ideal to use for this type of drilling work.
Sonic drilling tends to return excellent soft material recoveries while the drilling through massive boulders in the alluvial profile is still in progress. All holes would be completed without refusal.
When it comes to the results, it would return 3 times higher when compared to the previous drill sampling. By this measure, it will allow the company to see the real value of its exploration efforts.
Drilling organisations can utilize sonic drill on a wide spectrum of projects and applications, helping them develop experience and rendering them to understand the possible pros and cons of this drilling system with respect to their drilling projects.
The primary use of sonic drill is to help in covering sequences.
But in complete contrast to air core, auger, or RC drilling methods, it is capable of recovering a continuous and intact core sample. Its main niche is to return superior quality samples from mixed materials or unconsolidated near-surface materials.
The sample quality can be coupled with the ability to drill via hard capping rocks such as basalt flows, silcretes, or big boulders. This will return exceptional quality of recoveries from loose sediments that are underlying, which renders them as a kind of ideal for various placer deposits.
Sonic drilling was highly recommended to be used for an upcoming drill project which will be held in Romania. It will assess dumps that do not only have high-grade tailings and slag, but they also come with other types of rubble and reinforced concrete. Without a doubt, this can be considered as among the best systems of drilling that sampled such a mixed medium.
With respect to depth, a high penetration rate tends to go down, which means to say the RAB or RC tends to become more economical when it is reaching over 30 m depths. Drilling can dry out sonic holes, however, drilling fluids are necessary when working on deeper holes and hard rock units.
If we should identify one possible or likely drawback for this system, it would be the high relative cost that it usually comes in. It is approximately 3 times higher when compared to the
RAB cost or about 1 ½ the price of the RC.
Sonic remains ideal for use in remote areas, despite the cost, and exploration seasons are only short-lived. Penetration rates and excellent recovery are strongly demanded here.
Sonic may not be the readily available answer for every drilling project dilemma out there, but it comes with a strong potential of holding strong results, proving whether a project is feasible or not that are previously seen as unviable.