Mid-Atlantic Chapter News

Spring Training 2016

The Mid Atlantic Chapter 8th Annual Spring Training day was held on May 13th at Connelly Drilling’s Fredrick location.

Duane Pearce from the Maryland State Highway Administration led a discussion on a typical DOT inspection on Maryland highways.

Frank Villella provided a presentation on proper core bit selection and hardness of rock. At the end of his presentation, Frank had participants come up and build a diamond bit that will be shown at the NDA Convention in September.

Erick Hajek from Terra Testing, along with Rob Caho from Diedrich Drill, gave a presentation on core barrel maintenance.

We had a fantastic Outside Demonstration that focused on rock coring in Karst geology. We had two rigs set up, one with typical NQ2 wireline coring and the other with HQ triple tube wireline coring.

Rob Caho then gave an interactive session on basic drill rig safety and maintenance.

Our last activity for the day was our round table safety discussion. It was during this time that we all shared safety stories. Accidents, injuries and near misses were the topic. The more we share with each other the safer we all can be.

We would like to thank Drillers Service for breakfast and Diedrich Drill for Lunch.

-Brian Siwinski, Chapter President

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May 2015 - Spring Training

The 2015 Spring Training Day was held on Friday May 1st at Free State Drilling, Inc. in Walkersville, Maryland. A big thank you to sponsors Drillers Service Inc. (Breakfast) and Diedrich Drill Company (Lunch).

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September 2014- Baseball Outing

A fun time was had by all September 14th as the Orioles got a win over the Yankees and the Mid Atlantic Chapter had a great evening together. This game was very special because Oriole and Yankee fans said a fond farewell to Derek Jeter as he played his final game at Camden Yards.

Mike Willey & Sam Connely Tom Brown & Tom Connely


May 2014 - Spring Training

Attendees experiences hands-on demonstration tailored for Geotechnical and Environmental applications and smaller scale drilling operations. The site location was provided by Free State Drilling in Walkersville, Maryland.

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