Automation of a Truck-Mounted Drill Rig

by James W. Brazell, Georgia Tech Research Inst, Atlanta, United States,
Robert C. Michelson, Georgia Tech Research Inst, Atlanta, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Preparing for Construction in the 21st Century


Truck-mounted drill rigs used for soils properties investigation, foundation evaluation, ore exploration, and producing monitor and water wells typically require, because of their weight, a two-ton cab-chassis truck as their carrier. The economic benefit of a lighter weight drill rig with the same performance, mounted on a one-ton cab-chassis, is significant. The benefit accrues not only from the difference in cost of the trucks, but also from reduced operating costs. This new design was driven by these economic motives as well as considerations of improved productivity, operator safety, and automation for special applications.

Subject Headings: Trucks | Offshore platforms | Automation and robotics | Soil properties | Economic factors | Wells (water) | Benefit cost ratios | Soil water

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