DOSECC Expands Fabrication, Engineering & Welding Division


Global Geoscience and Drilling Company Division Serves Construction and Automotive Clients


DOSECC, a global geoscience, engineering and core drilling company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, today announced the expansion of their commercial Fabrication Division, which serves local and regional architectural steel and custom metalwork clients in addition to the firm’s complex drilling operations around the globe.  The 10,000 square foot facility provides precision fabrication and welding services for construction, aftermarket automotive enhancements, custom metalwork projects, as well as repairs to clients across the Intermountain west.

“Our in-house fabrication, engineering and welding team has developed custom hardware for DOSECC’s complex global drilling operations for decades, and we are accustomed to meeting the highest demands for precision and performance in some of the most extreme conditions around the world,” explained Philippe Wyffels, DOSECC C.F.O., “It is fitting that more private and commercial ventures outside the drilling industry are increasingly turning to our facility for their construction and custom fabrication projects.”

The division’s growing staff includes a wide range of capabilities, including mechanical and structural engineering, 3D-2D draft design (Solidworks), plasma cutting, machining, hydraulic and electrical work. Welding capabilities include aluminum, stainless steel, and cast iron, with MIG, TIG, and SMAW processes.  Staff certifications include a wide range of welding certifications in addition to Professional Engineers (PE), Structural Engineers (SE), and Project Management Professionals (PMP).

“Our drilling work requires us to uphold a higher standard of performance, as we don’t have the luxury of simply hoping it will work when we design a custom piece of equipment for a remote drill,” explains Jordan Whitaker, head of DOSECC’s fabrication division. “We engineer and test until we have 100% confidence before it leaves our facility, which saves hours and money in the field. Some fabrication shops simply build a customer’s design and send it out the door, whereas our engineering team takes the extra steps to test and work with the design–just as we do with our drilling projects–so we are confident it will serve its intended function without fail. Thus our tagline: Engineered Confidence.”

DOSECC has launched a new website to showcase the capabilities its Fabrication Division for outside commercial clients. For more information, please visit DOSECCFabrication.com.

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DOSECC Selected for Scientific Drilling Project on Surtsey Island, Iceland

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Global Geotechnology Firm to Assist with Wide Range of Scientific Inquiry on the New Icelandic Island


DOSECC, a global core drilling company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, today announced that they have been selected for a scientific drilling project on the newborn island of Surtsey, off the coast of Iceland. The project will gather data for a wide range of scientific inquiries, including volcanology, hydrothermal alteration, subsurface thermal ecosystems, and even further understanding of anthropological geology. For example, the rare mineral aluminum tobermorite in the young island was a primary cement ingredient in early Roman cements made with saltwater which still stand to this day. The Principal Investigators on this project are Dr. Marie Jackson from the University of Utah and Dr. Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson from the University of Iceland.

“A similar hole was drilled 35 years ago by USGS, and we are going to drill an identical hole next to it to see what’s happened since the island erupted in 1963,” explained DOSECC President and geoscientist Dennis Nielson, Ph.D. “We want to see how much it has cooled off, how much additional rock alteration has taken place, and also do something that hasn’t been done there before: set up an observatory for life in the subsurface.”

The project is funded by the International Continental Drilling Program in cooperation with a cooperative of scientific groups across Iceland and Europe. Environmental protection efforts are included in the project to ensure the protection of the World Heritage Site and its nesting birds. Once environmental clearance of the project is given, shipping and logistics will begin to prepare for a target drill date of mid-August before the weather turns at the end of September.

“DOSECC has drilled in Iceland before, and is particularly excited about being involved in the Surtsey exploration,” continued Dr. Nielson. “This is a unique environment, as it is boiling right at sea level, then falls off the boiling point curve. The microbiologists like that rare combination, as the heat potentially prevents biocontamination of the subsurface from rain or outside environments, so the existing thermal life can be studied in this unique environment. And that is just one component–there is a lot of scientific inquiry on this one drill.”

For more information about Surtsey and other DOSECC core drilling projects around the world, please visit DOSECC.com/Surtsey.

A Proposed Borehole Scientific Laboratory in Quay County, New Mexico, USA

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Scientific Drilling Abstract - European Geosciences Union General Assembly


DOSECC President Dennis Nielson, Ph.D. will be presenting at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 on the topic of a Proposed Borehole Scientific Laboratory in Quay County, New Mexico, USA.  The presentation will take place in Session GI3.6: Geoscientific Underground Labs and Test Sites.


Dennis L. Nielson, Marc T. Eckels, Peter Mast, Mark Zellman and Robert Creed

Our team has received funding from the US Department of Energy to initiate a Deep Borehole Field Test that will develop a subsurface test site to evaluate the drilling and scientific aspects of deep borehole disposal of nuclear waste in crystalline rock.

Phase 1 of the project will focus on Public Outreach and land acquisition, whereas Phase 2 will generate a drilling and testing plan and secure regulatory approvals.  Phase 3 will complete the Drilling and Testing Plan and Phase 4 will include the drilling and testing.  Phase 5 will be devoted to borehole science and experiments with emplacement technology.

Although we are specifically considering issues associated with the disposal of waste, this project is a proof of concept, and no waste will be emplaced at our site.  

In brief, the concept envisions an 8-1/2 inch open-hole completion at a depth of 5000 m in crystalline rock.  There will be an extensive program of sample collection (including core) and analysis as well as geophysical logging and borehole testing.  Critical issues will be low permeability in the crystalline rock as well as the ability to manage borehole quality.  Our team has proposed a site in Quay County, New Mexico that has an 850 meter thick Paleozoic section overlying homogeneous Precambrian granite.  A subsequent phase of the project may drill a second hole with a 17-1/2 inch completion located about 200 m from the first.

Our long-term plan is that this site will be managed as a deep scientific observatory that also provides a facility for scientific experiments and testing of borehole infrastructure and drilling equipment.