DAVIS, California – Schilling Robotics and Gregg Marine have announced the successful completion of the factory acceptance testing on their Seafloor Drill. Gregg will begin field testing the drill in the waters offshore of Vancouver, British Columbia this July.
The Seafloor Drill was conceived by John Gregg, president of Gregg Drilling, Inc. He approached MARL Technologies and Schilling Robotics to bring his concept into reality. MARL provided the drilling platform, and Schilling engineered the controls, power systems, and subsea packaging for the system.
“This is one of the first platforms commercially available to truly compete with traditional geotechnical drillships, and the only one to utilize patented wireline technology,” said Gregg. “The design and durability of this platform will save companies on cost, increase accuracy, and offer a positive environmental impact. The system is rated to 3,000 msw and with the initial tooling, will drill up to 500 ft (150 m) under the seabed.”