Schilling Robotics to engineer new seafloor-based drill system

Gregg Drilling and Testing has awarded Schilling Robotics a $2-million contract for a new seafloor-based deep sea drill system.

Offshore staff

DAVIS, California -- Gregg Drilling and Testing has awarded Schilling Robotics a $2-million contract for a new seafloor-based deep sea drill system.

Schilling will engineer and manufacture the coring and drilling system, which contains custom power, hydraulics, and topside control systems to be interfaced with a third-party drill structure.

The system will have a depth rating of 3,000 m (9,843 ft). The control system consists of Schilling’s proprietary Digital Telemetry System, subsea hydraulics, along with topside hardware, console components, and advanced component monitoring, and diagnostic software. The steel and aluminum drill structure will use a wireline drill apparatus provided under license from Williamson and Associates of Seattle, Washington.

Additionally, the system will be outfitted with a Schilling TITAN 4 manipulator to support drill bit and core handling during operations.

Schilling says the system introduces an innovative method for deep sea drilling to obtain high quality, undisturbed soil samples and soil cores from depths extending down to 150 m (492 ft) below the seafloor. The drilling methods employed include wireline rotary and push sampling with 85-mm-sized tooling.

System delivery is scheduled for later this year.

06/10/2009

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