Water Well Journal

December 2015

Water Well Journal

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From the Archives is a look back at popular drilling content that appeared in Water Well Journal years ago, but remains important today. The quarterly column is sponsored by MARL Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of drills for water well, rotary, geotechnical, environmental, sonic, geo- thermal, CPT, mining, and construction. More information can be found at www.marltechnologies.com. This article first appeared in the July 2012 issue of WWJ. D rilling and constructing a water well system isn't easy. Heck, just getting the drill rig on the job site can be a monumental task. And from there, the driller is thrust into the spotlight, showing how well they can handle any issue thrown their way. The usual suspects of poor ground conditions to unknown depths of groundwater to equipment breakdown are but a few in a long line of problems that may crop up. "There are always issues that arise at depth or at the sur- face that can almost change the scope, change the job right in the middle of the process," says Matt Hartmann, project man- ager at Schlumberger Water Services in Denver, Colorado. "Being able to deal with those, being able to manage those client expectations, and being able to solve those problems as they come about and still meet those objectives is probably going to differentiate the drilling contractors out there and make them more marketable and able to easily sell their services by word of mouth." At a time when every job is crucial for a company's bottom line, not letting difficult factors stand in the way of a success- ful job is highly coveted. In this look at overcoming drilling challenges today, water well contractors provide their thoughts, experiences, and tips to those who will face similar issues if they haven't already. Every region of the United States, let alone the world, dic- tates which type of ground conditions a driller will encounter. In Ellensburg, Washington, 150 miles east of Olympia, the hardest formation Bach Drilling Co. drills through is broken basalt, a volcanic igneous rock. FROM THE ARCHIVES TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE Overcoming drilling challenges requires forward-thinking to meet the customer's expectations. By Mike Price Photo courtesy Bach Drilling Co. TOUGH DAY continues on page 40 "We're running a lot more new hammers to try and get the most out of everything we do to try and get the most footage. Just things like that to make sure with every drop of fuel you're doing the best you can. " 38 December 2015 WWJ waterwelljournal.com

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