Best Practices in the Development of Scientific Drilling Projects, Cohen & Nielson, 2007

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Continental Scientific Drilling has an established record in advancing the earth sciences. The Continental Scientific Drilling Program was carried out in the U.S. between 1985 and 1994 and has been succeeded by the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program. Currently, projects of national and international interest are underway, and scientific drilling on continents and oceans is not as clearly separated as it once was. The process of developing a scientific drilling project, particularly one of international scope, is complex and both scientists and funding agencies need to understand the practical requirements that lead to success. In an effort to provide input to funding agencies concerning the scientist’s perspective of the proposal process and to provide a road map for scientists contemplating a scientific drilling proposal, DOSECC convened a workshop in May 2003 to address Best Practices in the Development of Scientific Drilling Projects. This report defines the stages from initial concept through the post-drilling activities, and presents recommendations that will be of interest for proponents of scientific drilling projects, particularly those that will have international participation.





Lake and Marine Drilling Planning and Operations Manual, Nielson, 2003

Offshore Geotechnical Drilling Company, Bonneville Basin Drilling Company


This manual will aid scientific investigators and operations managers in planning and budgeting off shore operations using DOSECC’s drilling systems. Each drilling project has unique scientific objectives and logistical issues, and it is difficult to consider all variables in a general presentation. However, this manual provides information that we hope will be useful in the planning and budgeting process. A successful drilling project will require close coordination between the scientific and drilling teams, and that cooperation should start during the initial planning process.

The planning process focuses on the preparation of drilling proposals. DOSECC will be responsible for preparation of the drilling budget  that includes supply purchases, mobilization of equipment, drilling operations and demobilization. The scientific team is responsible for budgeting for the science crew (salaries,  transportation and living expenses), handling the core on site (including any on-site science investigations) and shipment of the core back to laboratory or curation facilities. Due to their knowledge of the local environment and government, the Principal Investigators are generally responsible for the acquisition of all required permits and permissions.

DOSECC is committed to the protection of all personnel and the environment in which the drilling operations are taking place. DOSECC has a written Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) policy and will conduct drilling operations in accordance with its provisions. As participants in scientific drilling projects, science team members will be expected to follow the DOSECC HSE policy.