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The next meeting of the Utah Chapter of the Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists will be March 8, 2018. Once again, we will be meeting at Red Robin located at 1313 Foothill Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84108. Dinner/Social will begin at 5:30 and presentations at 6:30. The cost of attendance will be $5.00 and purchase of a meal will be up to the individual. This month we are pleased to have Scott Krug of Boart Longer talking about some of his recent adventures.

When: March 8, 2018
Where: Red Robin
1313 Foothill Dr
Salt Lake City, Utah  84108
United States

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Artic Drilling for Diamonds – Scott Krug, Boart Longyear


Many Americans are not aware of the on-going diamond mining industry in the Arctic. This drilling project was for BHP Billiton north of Yellow Knife in the Northwest Territory just south of the Arctic Circle.  For access, drilling operations had to be conducted in the winter when temperatures were below freezing because the target formations were lying under some of the many lakes in the area.  The goal was to find diamond deposits in the kimberlite pipes in the area.  Working in the cold presented many challenges with the equipment and the people.  Both needed to stay warm so numerous forced air heaters were used.  We also worked 24 hours a day and never shut the equipment off except for servicing.  We stayed in a well-stocked camp that was set up for the drilling program, but there were many logistical challenges brought on by having to do the project in the winter time.


Scott Krug grew up in the cold climate of Wisconsin and spent most of his free time outdoors during both summers and winters, doing typical outdoor activities.  After receiving a BS in Earth Science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Scott began his 35-year long career in the drilling industry with Lang Exploratory Drilling which was later purchased by Boart Longyear.  Lang pioneered reverse-circulation and flooded reverse circulation drilling techniques.  Scott started out pulling samples of drill cuttings, became a driller, progressed to a drilling program supervisor, and is now an operations manager for Boart.  During his career, he worked on many unique projects and saw going to the Arctic, setting a rig up on a frozen lake in the middle of nowhere, and drilling for diamonds as an opportunity for another adventure.  It was - and in his words, “I thought knew what cold was!”


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