Indiana State officials say Southwest Indiana is experiencing a boom in oil and gas exploration, with a peak number of wells drilled over the past 15 years. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas released a report earlier this week that says oil and gas wells are being drilled in Indiana "At a pace that hasn't been seen for at least 15 years," according to Herschel McDivitt, director of the DNR Division of Oil and Gas. DNR officials say the division issued more than 450 drilling permits in 2006, a number that McDivitt expects to steadily increase during the next several years, due to the anticipated higher prices for crude oil and natural gas. "This is an exciting time to be in the oil and gas business," McDivitt said in a press release announcing the news. "While much of the interest is in drilling for crude oil, a growing number of wells are being drilled for natural gas, especially in the southwestern part of Indiana where companies are actively developing wells." McDivitt acknowledged that along with the increase in drilling applications has come a significant number of questions from landowners who have been approached by companies seeking to obtain leases from the landowners allowing them to drill on their properties. "Many landowners are unfamiliar with the process of leasing their land for oil and gas and are seeking more information about oil and gas operations and looking to find answers to their questions," McDivitt said. DNR has also made some changes in the Division of Oil and Gas's organizational structure. Jim AmRhein will be responsible for all inspections and compliance- related functions within the division's program. Previously, AmRhein was in charge of all permitting functions, as well as inspections and enforcement duties in central and northern [...]
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Limited Access Drilling Steep Slopes At GEOTILL steep slopes are our specialty. With very little site prep, usually using only pick and shovel, our equipment can be set up on some of the steepest of slopes or in extreme cases we can even drill from a cage into a vertical rock face. Confined Spaces With our highly portable drilling equipment GEOTILL can set up in a space as small as a bathroom stall. We can obtain valuable geotechnical data in tight spaces for evaluation of failing or shifting structures. Indoors GEOTILLhas an extensive resume of indoor drilling projects. We have numerous ways of safely powering our equipment indoors from electrically driven pumps and hydraulic power packs to hydraulic hose extensions to exhaust hoses. We have completed projects inside dams, warehouses, office buildings, residential buildings, tunnels, basements and more. Basically if there is reasonable man access chances are pretty good that we can get a drill rig in there. Landslides With our steep slope set ups and minimal site disturbance GEOTILL can set up on multiple locations within a landslide area to obtain geotechnical samples as well as install monitoring instrumentation. Extremely Remote Locations At GEOTILL we can get our equipment into locations where there is no hope of getting wheeled or track mounted equipment. Using light helicopters to ferry equipment and crews we can easily reach some of the most inaccessible sites. Over Water From creeks, streams, and rivers to lakes and tidal areas when it comes to over water investigative drilling GEOTILL has you covered. Utilizing platforms, light duty barges, [...]
Soil Drilling With experienced team of drilling crews, site supervisors, field technicians , geotechnical and geo-environmental engineers, all supported by an experienced management team, GEOTILL are able to deliver site investigation projects of the highest quality. GEOTILL are at the forefront of the industry and have delivered some of the most complex and technically challenging site investigations undertaken in the Midwest USA. GEOTILL have: Formed holes to 500 ft in depth Accessed positions in building basements Formed inclined holes in cliff faces Operated from platforms to form holes on peat bogs Worked overwater using jack up platforms and pontoons The Company has the enviable record of delivering some of the most complex and technically challenging drilling ground investigations undertaken in the Midwest USA for Geotechnical and Environmental projects. GEOTILL work across all environs, both on land and overwater, forming exploratory holes up to 500 ft in depth and using a variety of exploration methods including the sophisticated wireline “Geobore S” triple tube drilling system. GEOTILL are at the forefront of the industry combining conventional investigation methods with innovative techniques for data capture, acquisition and interpretation, bringing a new dimension to the field of ground investigation. With a truly flexible approach, GEOTILL are able to provide a bespoke service to fulfil all our customers requirements. Angle -Side Slope Drilling We have Rigs on site that are capable of angle-side slope drilling. Angle-Slope drilling is for working on steep slopes and dams. The rigs allow us to drill at an angle from a flat surface or drill vertical from a slope surface. Air Sparge Wells Environmental remediation. The sparge is a well that is set at 10ft under the soil. Used for pushing vapors up which sit at the top of the water table. As the vapors come up there are other surrounding wells (Vapor [...]
Environmental Drilling Services Today, more than ever, we recognize the importance of maintaining and appreciating our environment, not only for us today, but for future generations to come. Since our beginning, GEOTILL Drilling has been providing environmental drilling services for our clients throughout the Midwest (Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois). Our environmental drilling practices will provide clean, accurate samples to determine the existence of any contaminates in soil or groundwater. From sampling and testing to monitoring and soil and groundwater remediation, when problems run deep, Groundbreaking Solutions are needed. To meet the needs of our individual client’s projects, GEOTILL Drilling offers a variety of direct push sampling and continuous drilling services. Direct Push Sampling and Continuous Drilling Services Include: Monitoring Well Installation Extraction Well Installation Vertical Water Sampling SVE Wells and Sparge Wells Well Development, Rehabilitation & Abandonment Chemical Injection Soil & Groundwater Sampling Soil and Groundwater Remediation Soil Borings and Soil Gas Sampling Pre-packed Well Installation ASTM (D 6725) MONITORING WELL INSTALLATIONS 1-inch through 4-inch Wells Various well materials in stock Well development Well abandonment Soil vapor gas installations EXTRACTION WELL INSTALLATIONS Large diameter auger drilling Pump testing Pump installation Piping installation Well development/rehabilitation Well screen design VERTICAL WATER SAMPLING Lead screened auger Temporary well Hydropunch Duel or single packers SimulProbe/MaxiProbe SOIL BORINGS AND SAMPLING MC5 soil sampling Macro soil sampling Dual tube soil sampling Soils Drilling Besides our Hollow Stem Auger and Air/Mud Rotary drilling rigs, GEOTILL Drilling offers a complete array of direct push sampling services utilizing our Geoprobe drilling rigs. Specifically designed for environmental drilling, our Geoprobe services are ideal for soil borings, groundwater sampling and monitor well installation. Environmentally friendly, compact and mobile, our Geoprobe direct-push drilling services will provide your environmental drilling project with fast, cost-effective, reliable Groundbreaking Solutions. WATER SAMPLING [...]
Geotechnical Drilling Services While the completed project is generally above ground, the project starts below it. At GEOTILL Drilling, we know that the conditions below the surface are as critical and complex as the structures that sit atop it. These sub-surface conditions can significantly impact the scope of your project’s design, budget and schedule. Accurate Samples from Reliable Soils Drilling Practices At GEOTILL Drilling, our Geotechnical Drilling and soils drilling services provide you with accurate, reliable samples, supplying the data necessary to make the appropriate design and engineering decisions. From soil stability and classification to groundwater depth and its inherent impact, technicians provide the answers to your design questions. Proven experience and proven results, this is why clients have turned to GEOTILL Drilling to provide Groundbreaking Solutions for their geotechnical drilling projects. GEOTILL offers a variety of drilling and testing services to meet the needs of our individual client’s projects, including: Soils Drilling Soil Sampling Rock Coring Instrumentation Installation In-situ Testing Geoprobe Direct Push Sampling Our drilling equipment is available for both onshore and offshore projects and is capable of drilling in any terrain or location. GEOTILL Drilling is known for our ability to complete projects both large and complex without sacrificing performance and providing quality samples. We offer the client both hollow-stem auger and rotary drilling featuring the following drilling rigs: Low Clearance Small ATV Track Large ATV Track and Rubber Tire Large Truck Rigs Pontoon Capabilities Types of Geotechnical Drilling SOIL SAMPLING & TESTING: 2″ through 3.5″ splitspoon soil samplers 2″ through 5.0″ Shelby tube soil samplers, Piston samplers and GUS samplers 3″ through 6.0″ CME continuous soil samplers Wireline continuous soil sampling Pitcher sampler Geoprobe soil borings ROCK CORING: NQ 2″ wireline rock coring NQ 3″ wireline rock coring HQ wireline rock coring HQ triple wireline rock [...]
Drilling Services We will work with you to determine the most efficient, cost effective and most importantly safest drilling method, utilizing our equipment, with the capability of reaching even the most inaccessible locations with our limited access drill rig. We offer you the following services: Geotechnical Drilling In preparation for construction, information must first be gathered about the underlying soil conditions to determine proper engineering for weight loads and stability. Types of soil, groundwater information and depth to bedrock are just a few aspects of ground chemistry. GEOTILL is able to perform in-situ sampling as well as install piezometers that will measure ground movement and settling patterns. We are also able to perform SPT (Standard Penetration Test), split spoon sampling and collect undisturbed samples. Environmental Drilling Today, more than ever, we recognize the importance of maintaining and appreciating our environment, not only for us, but for future generations to come. Since our beginning, GEOTILL has been providing environmental drilling services for our clients throughout the Midwest (Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois) . Our environmental drilling practices provide clean, accurate samples to determine the existence of any contaminates in soil or groundwater. To meet the needs of our individual client's projects, GEOTILL Geotechnical & Environmental drilling offers a variety of solid/hollow stem auger, air-mud-water rotary, coring as well as direct push sampling with our 8040 and 7822 Geoprobe . Rotary Drilling The rotary drilling technique is normally used for forming a deep observation borehole or for obtaining representative samples of rock. Powered rotary cutting tools use a cutter head on the end of a shaft, which is driven into the ground as it rotates. The system requires lubrication (air, water or drilling mud) to keep the cutting head cool and remove the soil or rock which [...]
GEOTILL can provide drill rigs to serve the project needs in an effective and timely manner. The drill fleet includes truck, skid and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) mounted units, including rubber-tire and track-mounted units, along with an assortment of supporting equipment. The drill rigs are equipped with automatic Standard Penetration Test (SPT) hammers. With the skid-mounted unit, our personnel are able to reach difficult access locations such as side slopes and low headroom conditions. Our experienced drill crews perform a full range of services for both geotechnical and environmental drilling applications and has extensive experience with hollow-stem and mud-rotary overburden soil drilling, rock coring, and downhole in-situ testing. Additionally, our services include groundwater monitoring well, piezometer and slope indicator casing installation. Moreover, our field personnel are OSHA health and safety trained and most are licensed by the state of Indiana as well drillers. [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]
GEOTILL drilling services offers a wide range of geotechnical and environmental cone penetration testing (CPT) and geophysical testing equipment. Cone penetration testing is a process whereby soil characteristics are determined when a cone penetrometer is driven into the subsurface. The CPT provides a rapid, reliable and economical means of determining soil stratigraphy, relative density, strength information (static and dynamic pore pressure, hydraulic conductivity). Geotill’s skilled and knowledgeable operators can retrieve data at a faster rate even in difficult conditions, allowing less time on the job and a lower cost to the client. Our highly trained staff can then provide you with the technical support necessary to accurately interpret the cone penetration data we provide and assist you in the design of your site investigation program. Geotill has also aided in the design of specialty modules and samplers that can be deployed with the CPT to obtain additional data pertinent to geotechnical and environmental investigations. Modules & Samplers Piezocone Penetrometer Seismic Cone Penetrometer In-situ hydrocarbon screening using ultraviolet optical screening tool (UVOST) In-situ resistivity and hydraulic conductivity analyses Seismic analysis (shear wave velocity determination for liquefaction studies) SPT Energy Calibration Soil Remediation (ORC or HRC Injection) Membrane Interface Probe (MIP) with CPT The CPT techniques/services listed above are discussed in detail in the Technical Methodology section. CPT Advantages Detailed hydrogeologic profiling at an average rate of 400 to 500 feet per day - rapid and cost effective Provides a near continuous log of the site lithology Real-time data enabling an accurate, on-site, lithologic subsurface representation Ideal for sands, silts, clays, soft soils and mine tailings Provides piezometric data in addition to geotechnical design parameters Add-ons such as seismic, resistivity, UVIF and gamma modules provide additional data CPT Works Well In Sensitive fine-grained soils Organic soils Clays Silt mixtures Sand mixtures Sands [...]
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Testing method A percolation test consists of digging one or more holes in the soil of the proposed leach field to a specified depth, presoaking the holes by maintaining a high water level in the holes, then running the test by filling the holes to a specific level and timing the drop of the water level as the water percolates into the surrounding soil. There are various empirical formulae for determining the required size of a leach field based on the size of facility, the percolation test results, and other parameters. For leach line testing, a minimum of three test holes are drilled, most commonly six to eight inches in diameter. Ideally, these should be drilled to different depths from three to six feet below the surface. For better, more conclusive results, five drill holes are used in a pattern of one hole at each corner of the proposed leach field and one test hole in the center. Testing of these holes will result in a value with units of minutes per inch. This value is then correlated to a predetermined county health code to establish the exact size of the leach field. Testing for horizontal pits typically requires five to eight test holes drilled in a straight line, or along a common contour, from three to ten feet below the surface. Testing is identical to leach line testing, though the end result is a different type of septic system, established through a different calculation. Vertical seepage pits are slightly different in testing methods due to their large size, but the basic testing method is essentially the same. A hole, typically three to four feet in diameter is drilled to a depth of twenty or thirty feet (depending on the local groundwater table), and a fire hose is used to [...]