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New Outlook on Appearances Adapted from Information by TerraRoc TerraRoc has taken its commitment to the environment to another level. The company recently announced its pilot bits, ring bits, ring bit sets, and other equip- ment manufactured at their Finland factory will no longer be painted, and the reason why is inspiring. By not painting the bits and other equipment, the company’s impact on the environment is reduced. Not to mention, it will also decrease the impurities spread into the environment through paint shedding when the bits are used in the field.  In addition to the environmental benefits, this plan will also improve work site health and safety. When welding, the burning surface emits gas which, through prolonged exposure, could have a negative impact on health. This is true regardless of what surface treatment is used. By leaving these treatments out, the exposure to the gas is eliminated and welding can be done in a healthier environment. “I am very happy with this initiative. While I think that the products are more esthetically pleasing when painted, I believe our customers will agree that the paint will wear off during the very first use. If we can trade that for a more sustainable planet and healthier customers, I think we have a winning concept moving forward. Together,” explained Daniel Bjork, product line manager for TerraRoc. TerraRoc is continuously focused on delivering exceptional products and serv- ice, while providing a safe and healthy workplace for clients and workers alike. 302-684-3197 FAX: 302-384-0643 142 Broadkill Rd. • Milton, DE 19968 email: Manufacturers of Slotted & Perforated Pipe ranging from ½” to 24” diameter Atlantic Screen & Mfg., Inc. • Well Rehab. Products • Manholes • Bentonite • Filter Sock • Inline Chemical Mixers • Sampling Bailers • Clear PVC Pipe • Locking Caps 27 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® JULY 2020 The WWDR camera caught up with the TerraRoc Team at the 2020 CONEXPO-CON/AGG event earlier this year. ENV Drones, Drills, and Data ~ Using Technology to Drill Better Part 2 by Jeremy Stafford, Vice President, Ideal Blasting and Ravi Sahu, CEO, Strayos Last month, we discussed the advantages of using drones in the mining, blasting, and quarrying industries. However, when combined with additional technology, the benefit can be even greater, for example: Data Analytics - When a drone, using photogrammetry, LIDAR, or one of the other surveying methods available, is coupled with a data analytics program, its true value is realized. Image data gathered by drones can be processed in mere hours with a high level of accuracy. The drone maps the site and GPS tags it, then the data is uploaded to a software platform, and the drone images are used to build 2D and 3D maps. If the software analytics platform is cloud-based, like the one by Strayos, the upload and processing can be done instan- taneously, and the results are accessible from anywhere with Wi-Fi or Internet connection. In no time, you have a map of the site, allowing the blaster to plan the blastholes. If the 3D model is interactive, the boreholes can be mapped, and the program will analyze the layout and offer the expected results. Blasters even have the ability to make changes to the layouts to see how the changes will affect the results. Smart Drills - These are GPS- and sensor-equipped drills that record machine data automatically while drilling. The tech- nology used by smart drills is more consistent than an average drill operator, if not the best operators. Smart drills record data every second they are drilling, including: penetration rate, feed rate, time to drill, percussion, etc., not to mention the collar of the hole, water, mud, and any voids. The true power of technology happens when you combine smart drills, drones, and a data analytics program. The smart drill can use data prepared by the analytics program to plan the drill, and implement it - often automatically without the involve- ment of an on-site operator; tracking in real time, the program prepared by the platform and the execution of the drill, while sending information back to the platform about the conditions the drill is encountering. The platform, drill, and operator can in- stantly react to changes in substrate conditions. Another bonus, the platform records the data gathered by the drill, and creates a log of the project for use in future drill plans. EXB