Canadian Salt Company, Windsor

Aardvark Drilling - WindsorIn Windsor, ON there is salt deep below the earth’s surface. Our friends at Windsor Salt have a network of deep wells installed way back in the ‘50’s. These wells are used to inject fresh water and extra brine water under pressure. The salt is later removed from the brine at their facility nearby.  After that process we get to put the delicious product on our fries!

During the process of salt extraction large caverns form.  Sometimes the caverns ‘grow’ upwards and the ceiling of the cavern can even grow past the bottom of the well casing.  This then leaves the casing ‘hanging in the cavern unprotected.  Naturally large pieces of salt and rock break off the ceiling and can sometime bend or crush the vulnerable exposed portion of the well casing.

Aardvark was hired to jet cut the casing just above the damaged portion in two of their production wells.  This was successfully done via wireline at a depth of approximately 1500 feet in each well.  The wells are now back in production!

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Bermuda Approach Channel Drilling

Aardvark Drilling - BermudaNow the Super Ships can dock at Heritage and King’s Wharf but they cannot get there.  We are drilling off a large barge in many locations throughout the approach channel system to help engineers and planners figure out how much rock and sand needs to be removed to deepen and widen the channels to allow the super ships through safely.

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Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival

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At the end of May, Aardvark once again participated in the annual Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival. The Festival brings together the expertise of educators, groundwater specialists and members of industry and government to provide students in grade 2 through 5 with the opportunity to discover the importance and the diversity of its uses in historical and modern times.


Water has played an essential role in the economic, social and industrial development of Ontario. As individuals, we depend on water for our very lives. Communities have developed around water sources to support the growth of commerce, industry and transportation. On a provincial level, our abundant water supply is a cornerstone of the success of our diversified economy, and has played a key role in our ability to create and maintain a standard of living ranked among the best in the world. The Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival offers hands-on activities, discussions, demonstrations, displays and exhibits that will challenge students to consider the importance of groundwater to them as individuals and to society at large.

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Suriname, South America

Loading the rig onto a container bound for Suriname.Geotechnical drilling at a gold mine in the middle of the jungle.  First couple months were hot and sunny.  Then came the rain…and did it ever rain!

Tight fit. Guelph to Halifax to Jamaica to Suriname. There was some mud... and some mud... some more mud... and just a little bit more mud... and some mud...

Igloolik, Nunavut

Igloolik, NunavutWe loaded all our gear on a really big plane in Ottawa and flew to Iqaluit.  Then to Igloolik.

The task at hand – BQ coring permafrost to test the geology, and install temperature probes under the local Public School…very glad it was August!

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Bermuda at the Docks (Heritage and King’s Wharfs)

Driling in Bermuda.The ‘Super Cruise Ships’ cannot dock in Bermuda.  Geotechnical drilling using our HQ3 diamond drilling equipment to collect geological data deep below the surface will allow engineers to design adequate docking facilities for the super ships.

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