General Bore Information:
Bore Date: 2/21/18
Bore Location: Spanish Fork, UT (45 mins south of SLC)
Job Type: City fiber/communication lines
Contractor: Spanish Fork Communication Networks
Product: 2” line
Machine: Vermeer 20×22 S3
Bit: 4” Paddle
Mud GPM: 10-15gpm
Water Tank Size: 500 gallon
Bore Length: ~100ft, 7-8ft depth
Current Drilling Mud Mix: Water only
PAF Product Mix: 2gal BoreShield, 0.5gal ProDrill, 0.5gal ProDyne
SFCN is just getting started in the HDD industry (instead of subcontracting work), so Vermeer set up a demo with them for a drill/mud tank/PAF mud mix package. Initially, we wanted to test out the cobble product, but decided against it once we performed the soil shake out test and saw there were no rocks/cobble at the depth we were drilling at. The bore was only about 100ft, through sewer and other utility lines and across the street. Ran a 4” pilot shot, and pulled back product behind it, no reamer.
Soil shake out test – 50% sand, 40% clay, 10% silt (picture attached)
What was unique about this crew was that they were so green to boring and mud mixing. There were less “I don’t think this stuff is going to work” comments. They were more interested in how to drill and mix mud the right or most efficient way, not necessarily how everyone else does it. They were excited about not having to use the heavy bentonite bags, storage, transportation, etc. Otherwise, the bore itself went well with no issues at all. The Vermeer Rocky Mountain drill specialist was present and got to drill most of the bore himself, so he has more exposure to PAF products now. I will be drilling with him and other Vermeer SLC sales reps and customers the rest of the week. If we can get the drill specialist fully on board, this will help the whole rocky mountain region grow – he serves all of the rocky mountain stores, but lives here in Utah.
A smaller drill/bore for sure, but just reiterates how our products dominate the utility market and that BoreShield II continues to impress in the sandy soils. I have attached photos and also uploaded more photos and a video onto Dropbox. There is plenty of snow on the ground here (and didn’t get above 15 degrees today…) so I tried to get that into the shots too! More to come tomorrow!