New drill rig digs deeper into central Queensland

New drill rig digs deeper into central Queensland

A NEW highly mobile and mine compliant geotechnical drill rig with capabilities like few others in Australia has been developed, designed, engineered, and built right here in Rockhampton.

Concept and commissioned by Rockhampton based company CQ Soil Testing and engineered and built by GJK Contractors, the geotechnical drill rig has been designed to be transportable, compact, and nimble, and one of few being manufactured in Australia.  

CQ Soil Testing Managing Director Scott Walton said most other geotechnical drill rigs are large, truck or trailer mounted and highly dangerous with many moving parts and are slow to establish and setup.

“The main point of difference is the versatility, given the rig has a sliding head that allows multiple functions, without having to refit the unit out each time or use multiple units to do one job,” Mr Walton said.

“The rig will be used primarily for geotechnical and environmental investigations however, what’s really unique about this rig is due to CQ Soil Testing’s work on major mine sites around the state, it has been designed specifically with safety front of mind and mine site compliant for companies like BMA (BHP Mitsubishi Alliance).”

Engineered and build by GJK Contractors in Rockhampton, the rig was structurally, mechanically, and hydraulically designed in-house, including sandblasting and painting, to ensure high standards were maintained at all times.

“CQ Soil Testing wanted a versatile and mobile drill rig and one that was safe as well as mine compliant,” GJK Contractors Managing Director Glenn Knox said.

“The new rig has a sliding head allowing for multiple functions. The structural components are all non-destructively tested (NDT), and the hydraulic lines have been pressure tested and tagged along with the cables and chains to ensure the entire rig is mine site compliance.

“It also has an integrated safety lock on the rod spin guard which provides another level of safety to CQ Soil Testing’s operators without hindering on-site production.”

Federal Member for Capricornia and Shadow Assistant Minister for Manufacturing said the Rockhampton region’s businesses continue to go from strength to strength, as is seen with CQ Soil Testing’s investment into new state-of-the-art equipment.

“As the Shadow Assistant Minister for Manufacturing, I am delighted to see such an investment made by CQ Soil Testing in using local manufacturers.

“Capricornia’s manufacturing sector contributes enormously to the economy, due to their ability to meet the country’s growing demands in production capability. This can be seen right here in GJK Contractor’s ability to develop, design and manufacture this impressive new drilling rig.

“I congratulate CQ Soil Testing on developing their new drilling rig and thank them for utilising the expertise of a local company” Ms Landry said.

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