When it comes to complicated projects, Doublestar Drilling rises to the challenge

By judy Penz Sheluk


When Ian Hunt, president of Doublestar Drilling, purchased the company eight years ago, he believed there was a solid opportunity to grow the business. His vision was bang on. Since that time, Hunt has tripled revenues, gone from four drill rigs to more than 20 drill rigs, and in October 2014, expanded the Edmonton headquarters to a 16,000-square foot stat-of-the-art facility. But the growth doesn't stop there. In 2011, Doublestar Drilling established a location in Regina to cover the Saskatchewan market, in a move Hunt calls, “very success-ful.” On May 1, 2015, they opened a third location in Calgary, complete with ten acres of property, after “aggressively pur-suing the Calgary market.”

Battling Arctic temperatures, 24-hour darkness and shipping delays, the Ruskin team constructed an iron ore loading dock with great precision

By Lisa Kopochinski


Ruskin Construction is currently completing work on an iron ore dock at Canada's northernmost producing mine – the Mary River site on the northern end of Baffin Island – for Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation.

This is quite a feat since this remote location is 500 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in Nunavut, and has an average winter temperature of -30 degrees Celsius with several months of 24-hour darkness.

Ground freezing technology builds in unshakeable stability

By Heather Hudson


Question: What ingenious consgruction technique has been around since the 1800s but is reserved for only the deepest, darkest jobs?

Answer: Ground Freezing

Primarily used to provide ground support, groundwater control or structural underpinning during construction, the technology is mainly used for mine shafts. But its simple, virtually fail-proof design has made it a more popular option for civil projects in recent years.

“Ground freezing is still used a lot in mining, but we’re seeing it used for civil work like water tunnels,” said Joe Sopko, director of ground freezing at Moretrench, a nationally renowned geo-technical contractor based in Rockaway, N.J.

GeoRocFor celebrates 30 years of drilling and new success in its XS overburden systems

By Sarah B. Hood


If you ask the folks at GeoRocFor Inc. how business is do-ing, they like to say they’re “getting through the toughest conditions.” That’s not because business is bad – quite the contrary: the Sherbrooke, Que.-based company is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015 as a leading manufac-turer of drilling tools and an industry leader in overburden casing systems.ebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015 as a leading manufac-turer of drilling tools and an industry leader in overburden casing systems.

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