Providing solutions for difficult-to-access sites

March 01, 2021

RSK business Structural Soils has appeared in GeoDrilling International, in an article that highlights the innovative techniques it uses to access challenging sites.

The drilling publication draws attention to two of Structural Soils’ most recent innovations: the Supacat-based mobility solution and an electric window-sampling rig, “both of which began as solutions to specific client problems but have now been developed and adapted for use on multiple sites and in varying conditions.”

As a six-wheel drive, all-terrain mobility platform, the Supacat is designed for challenging terrain. Originally used for military purposes, Structural Soils saw an opportunity to adapt it for their own objectives, and have since invested in three of these off-road vehicles that are now regularly deployed on a variety of projects.

“The Supacat’s reliability, off-road capabilities and ability to carry significant loads without affecting the ground it runs over made it an excellent choice for carrying our drilling rigs between sites, especially when there were large distances between holes and the terrain was challenging,” Structural Soils’ Drilling Manager Nick Reichelt told GeoDrilling International.

With the option to make changes to the back part of the vehicle for different uses: possible variations currently include a drilling rig, a water tanker and a pole carrier/rod cassette, the Supacat is very versatile. The team is developing other backs, including a rotary rig and a water bowser that doubles as an equipment carrier, so there is a lot of potential here.

The second innovatory piece of equipment highlighted in the piece is the electric window-sampling rig. The rig was developed by Structural Soils in response to complications that were encountered when using traditional diesel-powered rigs. These challenges included fumes and hot working conditions that were particularly problematic when working indoors in confined spaces such as shopping centres.

“As well as removing the need for the ventilation system, which makes work safer, saves space and is more cost-effective and environmentally friendly, the electric rig also has the advantage of being four times faster,” Nick told GeoDrilling International. “Now we have this model working, there is also the potential for us to modify other types of rig into electric versions. For difficult-to-access areas, we can also modify our rigs in various other ways, for example, by creating low-headroom rigs or even by taking rigs apart to transport them to challenging areas and then putting them back together again wherever the work needs to be completed.”

Subscribers can read the article in full on the GeoDrilling International website.