Safe and Compliant

You need safe and compliant directional drilling contractors that employ the most progressive, effective safety programs, utilize field-designed safety innovations, and cultivate a safety culture where every employee knows safety is the number one priority. World-class safety and training programs promote employee empowerment and engagement at all levels. Programs that identify and mitigate risks for a strong safety culture.

Local Talent, Global Strength

You need local work forces and a directional drilling services contractor with a solid reputation for operating responsibly in the communities in which you operate. Global means you have access to the diverse Boart Longyear workforce, cross-regional and cross-functional services, expertise and equipment, and global metrics and reporting.

Consistent, Reliable Service

Let us help you achieve your drilling project objectives and hit your directional drilling targets by providing industry-leading core recovery rates for highly accurate geological data core to make informed decisions. Rely on Boart Longyear for our technical expertise, experience, industry leading core recovery rates, integrated core orientation and measurable performance data. We deliver solutions, integrity, and results through our consistent and reliable service.

Diverse Fleet of Rigs and Equipment

By continuously investing in developing and building new, efficient and safe coring rigs and equipment, you can count on Boart Longyear for hitting directional targets and providing industry-leading core recovery rates and uptime. In-house engineers design and build state-of-the-art drill rigs that feature state-of-the-art technology like auto-drilling and hands-free rod handling. Boart Longyear equipment is designed for safety and field-tested for compliance and reliability.

Safety Excellence

Boart Longyear is committed to ongoing investments in industry-leading Environmental, Health and Safety programs.


Solutions. Integrity. Results.

Directional Drilling Capabilities

Directional drilling is a technique that enables the drill bit to be directed toward a specified coordinate. It can be used to get back on course if drilling deviates from the desired path. More often, it is a pre-planned approach to reach a designated target, which can include one or several points off a main hole. For example, a typical project could involve drilling a 915-meter mother hole and, from that, three or four legs, each with different azimuth and inclination targets.

This technique can help drillers overcome environmental challenges, including reaching a target zone under a bench or other geological feature that would be inaccessible with vertical drilling practices, or drilling into a deep mineral zone covered by rock that would make drilling multiple surface holes difficult and dangerous. Directional drilling has a long history in the oil and gas industry and is increasingly being used in mining thanks to technological advances that have made steering tools more feasible for mining equipment. 

Compared with traditional core drilling, directional drilling can provide greater mineral production from one hole and save significant time and costs. Safety and environmental benefits can be realized as well by not moving drill rigs to new sites and drilling multiple surface holes.

For shorter hole corrections, wedges (window, full-hole and retrievable) are effective in steering the bit to the desired target zone. Sharper angles can be achieved with a positive displacement mud motor in combination with wedges. Used with full-hole wedges, a mud motor makes a continuous, smooth curve.

Directional drilling requires a bigger mud pump to handle the significant increase in pressure in the fluid system that drives the bit. It also calls for a better mud cleaning system, with the goal of keeping sludge and mud to below 2 percent. While mud motors are more costly than wedges and require additional technical support, this technique saves costs in the long term through increased efficiency and production.

Survey/steering tools increase the accuracy of hitting a target, by using various types of signals to transmit data to the driller. Mud pulse tools, located at the mud motor, are able to send pressure pulses up the string, via mud or other fluid, to the surface where they can be decoded. Electromagnetic tools use electrical waves through the rock to the surface where it can be decoded.

Another option is a third-party system such as Devico’s, which combines equipment in a unique approach that provides controlling and steering precision as well as opportunities for core collection.

If you need to hit a specific target, Boart Longyear offers directional motors, steering tools, and pumps for directional drilling projects. Using advanced technology for monitoring and reporting, we can accurately steer to target within budget.

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