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Strata invests Vemog road-rail GI rig

Van Elle’s ground investigation division Strata Geotechnics has taken delivery of a new Vemog RRV drilling system to bolster its capabilities on road and rail infrastructure projects.

The Vemog is a self-contained specialist rotary drilling rig designed to reduce mobilisation and setup time in order to maximise production during rail possession or within traffic management.

Strata has said that the articulation of the mast allows boreholes to be constructed off either side of the vehicle as well as off the rear. The mast and dual head is capable of both dynamic sampling and rotary drilling, including Geobore S, using the full range of flushing medium.

Strata Geotechnics director Andy Johnston said: “During the two-year design and development period we encountered numerous challenges, one being the mast articulation, but the major challenge was to satisfy the certification requirements for the Vemog to travel and operate on both road and rail.

“Geotechnical design engineers are demanding both sufficient and high quality data to be supplied to them within a shorter time frame and innovations such as the Vemog rig, together with investment in data acquisition systems, lead to better quality data and faster delivery.”

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