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Sonic drilling is an advanced drilling technique that drills through the ground by using vibration. As a result, the drill string advances through hard subsurfaces including boulders, cobbles, and caliche where traditional auger methods would likely fail.

Sonic drilling can use little or even no water in the drilling process, capturing more precise soil samples and, without the grinding of materials often found with auger methods, the continuous core samples provide an accurate model of the surfaces below. More accurate models help subcontractors provide more accurate estimates for construction projects. The continuous core is especially useful for environmental work. The more exact sampling can more precisely determine where a plume may be located.

When compiled in a grid, sonic drilling’s continuous sampling logs create an almost 3D rendering of what lies below. This is especially advantageous for mining companies as they explore below ground and where to mine for optimum results.