Case Studies

Below are a few examples of how we were able to improve the drilling efficiency at a variety of drilling locations using our advanced patented technology. These case studies are from actual clients using Diaset products; you will be surprised at some of the results.

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Top production realized with UltraTerra Patented bits from Diaset

October, 2014

The Diaset UltraTerra N wireline #3X core bit achieved a 754 m (2474 feet) bit life at a very high penetration rate. Details about the specific challenge are below:

The location:

Russia, Siberia. This area is remote, and the core drillers need products that will perform, and importantly, last. Logistics and resupply consume a significant amount of time.

The formation:

The rock formation is a highly variable volcanic formation; consisting mainly of andesites, silicified andesites and tuff breccia lavas.

The contract:

Ongoing exploration in an established mining camp. The remoteness of the project meant that the company was looking for maximum production with minimum bit usage.

The drill bit:

The N wireline, 16 mm impregnated depth, UltraTerra #3X from Diaset was selected to drill on their contract. They were advised by the local distributor, Drill Gecko (www.drillgecko.com) that the Diaset UltraTerra is one of the newest, most technically advanced impregnated bit available.

The large diamonds and free-cutting matrix allows the UltraTerra alloy system to outperform other impregnated bits in a variety of formations ranging from abrasive to competent, soft to hard.

Drilling Performance:

Bit specification: N wireline, UltraTerra #3X heavy duty waterway flushing system. 16 mm impregnated depth. Heavy duty tungsten carbide and natural diamond gauge protection ID and OD.

Total bit life: 754.2 m (2474 feet)
Typical hole depth: 75 m (247 feet)
Typical penetration rate: 10.2 m/hr (33.5 feet/hr)

OD and ID Wear:
OD wear measured .5 mm over the 754.2 m life of the tool
There was no measurable ID wear. ID started and finished at 47.5 mm

Conclusion:

The Diaset UltraTerra system helped our distributor (Drill Gecko ) and their customer, become a top performer in the industry.

About Diaset Products:

Diaset been manufacturing consumable drilling tools for the mineral exploration industry for the past 33 years. Over three decades of manufacturing expertise combined with real-world core drilling experience has resulted in the highest quality drilling tools designed to cut faster, straighter and use less energy.

Headquartered in Delta, BC, Canada, Diaset sells worldwide through its network of over 28 distributors.

Qatar-contractor

Gold mine increases drilling production using UltraTerra core bits

November 1st, 2013

Under our new Free Bit program we sent out a free N2 W/L #6X, 16 mm bit to our distributor. Smithers Parts & Service. Our distributor sent this free bit to their customer at the Huckleberry Mine in British Columbia.

The contractor was using one of the newest and most powerful diamond drill built by Zinex Mining Corp to drill a silicified greenstone rock formation. This formation varies and alternates between competent and hard rock: 200′ (= 61 m) zones to 100′ (30 m) zones of very fractured and abrasive conditions.

Using the newest, patented core bit technology from Diaset Products, the drilling contractor reported the following results:

  • Bit life of 1200’ = 366m
  • Diaset’s UltraTerra increased bit life by 30m compared to the other brand the contractor was using
  • The bit cut faster with less horsepower
  • The UltraTerra is cheaper than the other brand they were previously using

Using the UltraTerra core bit, the contractor was able to cut freely and drill faster in hard rock. This less expensive core bit was able to perform well above industry standards.

The Diaset UltraTerra core bit successfully penetrated the silicified greenstone rock formation and considerably increased yield for the contractor.

The combined use of the newest drilling technology and Diaset’s new patented core bit technology will enable the contractor to prosper in the mineral exploration industry.


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This is how to prosper in a tough drilling economy: top production realized with UltraTerra Patented bits from Diaset

August 13, 2014

The Diaset UltraTerra N wireline #5X core bit achieved a 625 m (2051 feet) bit life, which is a 56% increase over competing products. Details about the specific challenge are below:

The location:

The rugged, remote mountainous mining areas of Western Canada (Northern British Colombia) are prime targets for Gold, Silver and Copper exploration. Core drillers in this area are always seeking better and faster ways to recover the most core in the least amount of time.

The formation:

The rock formation is highly variable; consisting mainly of altered rhyolite with quartz veins up to 20 mm wide. The formation was not highly fractured. The first 100 m of the formation was very altered and muddy.

The contract:

The drillers were to perform exploration drilling work on a property that had not been drilled with modern drilling equipment. They had to use a bit that could drill in unknown conditions and would be versatile.

The drill bit:

Bruce from Omineca Diamond Drilling selected the N wireline, 16 mm impregnated depth, UltraTerra #5X (worldwide patented) from Diaset to drill on their contract. They were advised by the local distributor, Smithers Parts & Service that the Diaset UltraTerra is one of the newest, most technically advanced impregnated bit available.

The large diamonds and free-cutting matrix allows the UltraTerra alloy system to outperform other impregnated bits in a variety of formations ranging from abrasive to competent, soft to hard.

The reaming shell:

Diaset Premium Gold reaming shell was used. This is a top of the line, long life, exploration reaming shell designed to keep the drill hole to gauge, keep the hole straight, and by virtue of the spiral machined full-body waterway flutes (a Diaset exclusive), to keep hole vibration to a minimum.

Drilling Performance:

Bit specification: N wireline, UltraTerra #5X (worldwide patented) core bit. 16 mm impregnated depth. Wide, heavy duty waterway flushing system. Heavy duty tungsten carbide and natural diamond gauge protection ID and OD.

Total bit life: 625 m (2051 feet)
Reaming shell life: 1200 + m (4000 + feet)
Typical hole depth: 400 m (1315 feet)
Typical penetration rate: 45 m (150 feet) per shift.

Conclusion:

The Diaset UltraTerra system helped Bruce at Omineca Drilling to be one of the top producers in the industry.

About Diaset Products:

Diaset been manufacturing consumable drilling tools for the mineral exploration industry for the past 33 years. Over three decades of manufacturing expertise combined with real-world core drilling experience has resulted in the highest quality drilling tools designed to cut faster, straighter and use less energy.

Headquartered in Delta, BC, Canada, Diaset sells worldwide through its network of over 28 distributors.

Qatar-contractor

Custom designed P W/L bits drill Glacial till with 100% core recovery.

May, 2015

Diaset custom manufactures a range of diamond tools for a variety of tough drilling challenges. Here is some information about how a drilling contractor used Diaset’s experience to achieve 100% core recovery in an extremely challenging formation.

The location:

Northern British Columbia, Canada. This remote area required a core bit that would perform, and last. Logistics and resupply consume a significant amount of time.

The formation:

Glacial till, or glacial drift. Wikipedia defines it as: Glacial drift is the coarsely graded and extremely heterogeneous sediment of a glacier; till is the part of glacial drift deposited directly by the glacier. Its content may vary from clays to mixtures of clay, sand, gravel, and boulders.

The formation is highly variable, non-consolidated, and highly abrasive.

The contract:

Ongoing exploration in an established mining camp. Geotechnical drilling required many exploration holes drilled to 30 m, then proving bedrock to another 10 m.

The drill bit:

The P wireline, hard matrix bit was modified at the contractor’s request. Changes to the face design and waterways allowed specialized drill fluids to pass without disturbing the core. The large diamonds and free-cutting matrix allows the Diaset alloy system to outperform other impregnated bits–and specifically, yield 100% core recovery, which was a contract requirement.

Drilling Performance:

100% core recovery.

Conclusion:

The Diaset custom manufactured core bit system helped our customer to become a top performer in the industry.

About Diaset Products:

Diaset been manufacturing consumable drilling tools for the mineral exploration industry for the past 34 years. Over three decades of manufacturing expertise combined with real-world core drilling experience has resulted in the highest quality drilling tools .

Headquartered in Delta, BC, Canada, Diaset sells worldwide through its network of over 28 distributors.


Finland-contractor

Faster cutting, longer life, less vibration: Diaset UltraTerra bits

May, 2016

The Diaset UltraTerra core bit enabled a prospector to increase their productivity compared to competitor’s products used in the past.

The location:

Northern British Columbia, Canada

The drill bits:

The patented UltraTerra matrix, from Diaset, was selected. The 42 mm OD bits were customized by Diaset for the prospecting industry. The large diamonds and free-cutting matrix allows the patented alloy system to outperform other impregnated bits. Three different matrices are available to drill a variety of formations ranging in hardness from soft, medium to very hard. The drill machine is small, gasoline powered (1 HP) and the bit is pushed into the formation by hand. Prospectors need a free cutting, long life bit in order to profitably take core samples from outcrops using this system.

Conclusion:

The Diaset UltraTerra system helped our distributors and their customers, become top performers in the industry. Contact us for more information regarding the prospecting system and who distributes it in B. C.

About Diaset Products:

Diaset has been manufacturing consumable drilling tools for the mineral exploration industry for the past 35 years. Over three decades of manufacturing expertise combined with real-world core drilling experience has resulted in the highest quality drilling tools designed to cut faster, straighter and use less energy.

Headquartered in Delta, BC, Canada, Diaset sells worldwide through its distributor network.


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Philippines Contractor Increases Production by 800%

April 17th, 2013

Simba Drilling’s underground job was in a very hard quartz type formation. The company’s average shift yielded approximately 10 to 11 metres. From a recommendation by one of our distributors in the Philippines, the contractor decided to switch to the Diaset UltraTerra PrecisionX system because of its faster penetration rates in hard rock.

He used the #10X matrix core bit drilling with N W/L wireline. This system allows the driller to create multiple short holes up to 90 metres deep. The contractor was using a rig built by Superior Drilling Supplies, a man-portable drill machine with a 100 HP power pack.

The average shift increased substantially, from only yielding 10 to 11 metres per shift to 92 metres per shift. The contractor increased his production by 800%. In addition, by utilizing the UltraTerra PrecisionX impregnated core bits, the contractor will have over 400 metres of life, per bit.

- Simba Drilling Philippines Inc.


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American Contractor Increases Production

April 16th, 2013

Our distributor in California reported that one of their customers was able to vastly increase its production because the company was using our UltraTerra PrecisionX impregnated core bit.

The contractor’s underground job involved exploring for gold, an extremely hard formation. The contractor selected the #15X matrix core bit drilling with A W/L thin wall and used a rig built by Coeur Products, a man-portable ‘Termite” drill machine with 20 HP.

By using the UltraTerra PrecisionX soft matrix core bit, the company was able to drill faster and straighter, especially in hard rock, resulting in a significant increase in yield.


Arizona-contractor

Top production realized with V2 Patented bits from Diaset

May, 2016

The Diaset H3 W/L “V2” core bit enabled an Arizona, USA drill contractor to increase their productivity compared to competitor’s products used in the past.

The location:

Arizona, USA

The drill bits:

The patented H3 W/L core bit with the “V2/7” matrix, from Diaset, was selected to drill on this contract. The drill contractor was advised by the distributor, Intermountain Drilling Supplies|IDS (http://intermountaindrillingsupply.com/) that the Diaset V2 bit is one of the newest, most technically advanced impregnated bits available.

The large diamonds and free-cutting matrix allows the patented alloy system to outperform other impregnated bits in a variety of formations ranging from solid, hard to very hard.

Conclusion:

The Diaset V2 Series helped our distributor (IDS) and their customer, become a top performer in the industry.

About Diaset Products:

Diaset has been manufacturing consumable drilling tools for the mineral exploration industry for the past 35 years. Over three decades of manufacturing expertise combined with real-world core drilling experience has resulted in the highest quality drilling tools designed to cut faster, straighter and use less energy.

Headquartered in Delta, BC, Canada, Diaset sells worldwide through its distributor network.


Arizona-contractor

Geotechnical drillers benefit from the new Diaset V2 Patented bits

June, 2016

The Diaset H3 W/L “V2” core bit enabled an Arizona, USA Geotechnical drill contractor to increase their productivity compared to competitor’s products used in the past.

The location:

Arizona, USA

The formation:

Hard, granitic rock formation.

The contract:

Freeway expansion

The drill bits:

The patented H3 W/L core bit with the “V2/10” matrix, from Diaset, was selected to drill on this contract. The drill contractor was advised by the distributor, Intermountain Drilling Supplies|IDS (http://intermountaindrillingsupply.com/) that the Diaset V2 bit is one of the newest, most technically advanced impregnated bits available.

The large diamonds and free-cutting matrix allows the patented alloy system to substantially outperform other impregnated bits used on this contract.

Conclusion:

The Diaset V2 Series helped our distributor (IDS) and their customer, become a top performer in the industry.

About Diaset Products:

Diaset has been manufacturing consumable drilling tools for the mineral exploration industry for the past 35 years. Over three decades of manufacturing expertise combined with real-world core drilling experience has resulted in the highest quality drilling tools designed to cut faster, straighter and use less energy.

Headquartered in Delta, BC, Canada, Diaset sells worldwide through its distributor network.


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Turkish Contractor

April 16th, 2013

ECZACIBASI is a Turkish driller operating the biggest zinc bearing mine in Turkey. Each season they open 10 work camps and consume a large amount of core drill bits.

Previously, their first choice was always diamond core bits from a leading competitor.

Recently they tested Diaset’s UltraTerra PrecisionX Series impregnated diamond core bit and were amazed at the increase in production speed, accuracy and core recovery. The longevity of the bits was the deciding factor; the contractor has placed a large order of Diaset bits.

Moving forward, the Turkish driller will be using Diaset products instead of the products from their usual U.S.A. based supplier.


Qatar-contractor

Geotechnical Program Increases Drilling Production Using Geotech Bits By Diaset

April 8th, 2014

A client in Qatar reports that they are very pleased with our P W/L Geotech series bits.

Bit life exceeds 400m per bit, and penetration rates are much higher compared to other brands. This remarkable performance is obtained using our worldwide patented Geotech bit matrix, designed to be easily used by any Geotechnical crew, on any type of basic geotechnical drilling equipment.

This is a difficult geotechnical project – drilling highly fractured limestone basement rock in preparation to build facilities for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

This contractor in Qatar will be able to keep the project ahead of schedule by continuing to use Diaset’s new Geotech series of bits.


Finland-contractor

Finland: Top production realized with UltraTerra Patented bits from Diaset

November, 2015

Diaset UltraTerra patented core bits are enabling Finnish contractors to complete drill holes faster than before, and achieved the same or better life with each bit.

The location:

Northern Finland.

The formation:

Northern Finland is composed of greenstones, an old (Paleoproterozoic) series of formations consisting of hard to ultra-hard rocks: metamorphosed and silicified volcanic and sedimentary rocks.

The drill bits:

The patented UltraTerra matrix system was used to manufacture wireline bits, B (thin wall TK) and N (2). As the formations were highly silicified and ultra-hard, #16X to #18X matrix numbers were chosen. A “Turbo” waterway design was specified. The drill contractor was advised by the distributor, Indeq OY Ltd. (www.indeq.fi/) that the Diaset UltraTerra system is one of the newest, most technically advanced impregnated bits available.

The large diamonds and free-cutting matrix allows the patented alloy system to outperform other impregnated bits in a variety of formations ranging from abrasive to competent, soft to hard.

Conclusion:
The Diaset UltraTerra system helped our distributor (Indeq OY Ltd. ) and their customer, become top performers in the industry.

About Diaset Products:
Diaset has been manufacturing consumable drilling tools for the mineral exploration industry for the past 34 years. Over three decades of manufacturing expertise combined with real-world core drilling experience has resulted in the highest quality drilling tools designed to cut faster, straighter and use less energy: Headquartered in Delta, BC, Canada, Diaset sells worldwide through its network of over 28 distributors.


Northern-Finland-contractor

+1200 m life on Diaset Gold Reaming Shells

March, 2017

The Diaset Gold Reaming Shells enabled a Finnish drill contractor to maintain hole gauge (diameter) for over 1200 meters.

The location:

Northern Finland.

The exploration project:

Northern Finland is composed of greenstones, an old (Paleoproterozoic) series of formations consisting of hard to ultra-hard rocks: metamorphosed and silicified volcanic and sedimentary rocks.

The reaming shell used:

B W/L LTK reaming shells, used underground. “Gold” grade. These shells have the highest carat weight of diamonds in the industry, plus the hardest metallurgy available.

Crucial to the success of drilling deep, straight holes is the use of high quality, long life reaming shells. No reaming is required with a bit change. This fact substantially increases productivity.

About Diaset Products:

Diaset has been manufacturing consumable drilling tools for the mineral exploration industry for the past 36 years. Over three decades of manufacturing expertise combined with real-world core drilling experience has resulted in the highest quality drilling tools designed to cut faster, straighter and use less energy.

Headquartered in Delta, BC, Canada, Diaset sells worldwide.


Finland-contractor

Top production realized with Geotech Patented bits from Diaset

November, 2015

The Diaset Geotech T6 101 “HR” core enabled a Saudi Arabian drilling company to increase their productivity by 50% compared to products used in the past.

The location:
Western Saudi Arabia.

The formation: :

The area is collectively known as the “Arabian Shield”, harder, abrasive formation consisting of Precambrian sediments, volcanics, granitic intrusives.

The contract:

Haramain High Speed Rail project also known as the “Western Railway” or “Makkah-Medina high speed railway”, Saudi Arabia.
The double-track line will be electrified and the design speed is 320 kilometers per hour (200 mph).[ Trains will run in service at 300 kilometers per hour (190 mph), and traveling the 78 kilometers (48 mi) between Jeddah and Makkah will take less than half an hour, while the 410 kilometers (250 mi) between Jeddah and Medina will take about 2 hours

The drill bits: :

The patented T6 101 Geotechnical core bit with the “HR” matrix, from Diaset, was selected to drill on this contract. The drill contractor was advised by the distributor, Global Geotechnical Supplies (http://www.globalgeotech.co.uk/) that the Diaset Geotech bit is one of the newest, most technically advanced impregnated bits available.
The large diamonds and free-cutting matrix allows the patented alloy system to outperform other impregnated bits in a variety of formations ranging from abrasive to competent, soft to hard.

Conclusion: :

The Diaset Geotech system helped our distributor (Global Geotechnical Supplies ) and their customer, become a top performer in the industry.

About Diaset Products: :

Diaset has been manufacturing consumable drilling tools for the mineral exploration industry for the past 34 years. Over three decades of manufacturing expertise combined with real-world core drilling experience has resulted in the highest quality drilling tools designed to cut faster, straighter and use less energy.
Headquartered in Delta, BC, Canada, Diaset sells worldwide through its network of over 28 distributors.


Mongolia-contractor

Customer satisfaction realized with UltraTerra Patented bits from Diaset

May, 2016

The Diaset UltraTerra core bit enabled a Mongolian drill contractor to increase their productivity compared to competitor’s products used in the past.

The location:

Mongolia.

Important Minerals explored for:

Copper and Gold

The drill bits:

The patented UltraTerra matrix, from Diaset, was selected to drill on this contract. Sizes ranged from N W/L to P W/L. The drill contractor was advised by the distributor, Mekhlopat LLC (http://www.mekhlopat.mn/) that the Diaset UltraTerra bit is one of the newest, most technically advanced impregnated bits available.

The large diamonds and free-cutting matrix allows the patented alloy system to outperform other impregnated bits in a variety of formations ranging from abrasive, fractured medium hard to very hard.

Conclusion:

The Diaset UltraTerra system helped our distributor (Mekhlopat LLC) and their customer, become a top performer in the industry.

About Diaset Products:

Diaset has been manufacturing consumable drilling tools for the mineral exploration industry for the past 35 years. Over three decades of manufacturing expertise combined with real-world core drilling experience has resulted in the highest quality drilling tools designed to cut faster, straighter and use less energy.

Headquartered in Delta, BC, Canada, Diaset sells worldwide through its distributor network.


Nevada-contractor

450% footage increase realized with UltraTerra #2X Patented bits from Diaset

August, 2016

The Diaset H 3.830” OD W/L #2X core bit enabled a Nevada, USA drill contractor to increase their bit footage substantially compared to competitor’s products used in the past.

The location:

Battle Mountain, USA

The formation:

This is a tough area to drill in. This area is characterized by three significant clay-rich faults, numerous subsidiary smaller faults, limestone/skarn, quartz-pebble conglomerates, granodiorite intrusives with cherts and argillites overlaying the formation.

The drill bits:

The patented UltraTerra H 3.830 W/L core bit with a #2X matrix, from Diaset, was selected to drill on this contract. This drill contractor has local inventory available from Diaset’s distributor, Intermountain Drilling Supplies. (IDS) (http://intermountaindrillingsupply.com/) The Diaset UltraTerra bit is one of the newest, most technically advanced impregnated bits available.

The large diamonds and free-cutting matrix allows the patented alloy system to outperform other impregnated bits in this changing formation which ranges from clay/sand fault zones , solid, hard to very hard.

Conclusion:

The Diaset UltraTerra #2X helped our distributor (IDS) and their customer, become a top performer in the industry.

About Diaset Products:

Diaset has been manufacturing consumable drilling tools for the mineral exploration industry since 1981. Over three decades of manufacturing expertise combined with real-world core drilling experience has resulted in the highest quality drilling tools designed to cut faster, cut straighter, last longer and use less energy.


Laos-contractor

Successful hard rock drilling with UltraTerra Patented bits from Diaset

November, 2016

The Diaset UltraTerra core bit enabled a Vietnamese drill contractor to increase their productivity compared to competitor’s products used in the past.

The location:

Northern Laos. (Lao PDR)

The formation:

Quartzite, heavily silicified, and very hard.

The drill bits:

The patented UltraTerra matrix, (H3 W/L #14X Turbo style ) from Diaset, was selected to drill on this contract. The contractor learned that the Diaset UltraTerra bit is one of the newest, most technically advanced impregnated bits available, and wanted to try it on this difficult project

The large diamonds and free-cutting matrix allows the patented alloy system to outperform other impregnated bits in this hard and fractured formation.

Conclusion:

The Diaset UltraTerra system helped our customer, become a top performer in the industry.

About Diaset Products:

Diaset has been manufacturing consumable drilling tools for the mineral exploration industry for the past 35 years. Over three decades of manufacturing expertise combined with real-world core drilling experience has resulted in the highest quality drilling tools designed to cut faster, straighter and use less energy.

Headquartered in Delta, BC, Canada, Diaset sells worldwide through its distributor network.


Ecuador-contractor

100% increase in bit life with Diaset UltraTerra patented core bits.

March, 2017

The Diaset UltraTerra core bit enabled a Canadian drill contractor in Ecuador to increase their bit life 100% compared to what they were using previously, with the same or better penetration rate.

The location:

Northern Ecuador, about 110 km N. of Quito

The exploration project:

Copper porphyry. Volcanics (andesites), massive sulphides, some quartz intrusives.

The drill bits:

The patented UltraTerra matrix (US Patent # 9,506,296), from Diaset, was selected to drill on this contract. The bit size was H W/L , matrix numbers #7, 8 and 9X. The contractor learned that the Diaset UltraTerra bit is one of the newest, most technically advanced impregnated bits available, and wanted to try it on this difficult project.

The large diamonds and free-cutting matrix allows the patented alloy system to outperform other impregnated bits in this hard and fractured formation.

The reaming shells:

Crucial to the success of drilling deep, straight holes in abrasive conditions is the use of high quality, long life reaming shells. This contractor used Diaset 10” double pad “platinum” grade reamers for this program. The contractor reported excellent life on his corebarrels–the reamers kept gauge and substantially reduced corebarrel wear.

Conclusion:

The Diaset UltraTerra bit system and Diaset Platinum 10” “double pad” reamers helped our customer become a top performer in the industry.

About Diaset Products:

Diaset has been manufacturing consumable drilling tools for the mineral exploration industry for the past 36 years. Over three decades of manufacturing expertise combined with real-world core drilling experience has resulted in the highest quality drilling tools designed to cut faster, straighter and use less energy.

Headquartered in Delta, BC, Canada, Diaset sells worldwide.