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Ice Cube and the SIMCO Drill Rig- Tues, Dec. 5 (LAS)

About a month ago, ICE CUBE drillers had an accident which injured one of the drillers.  Long story short, the person got their hand caught between the centering clams and the auger.  He’s ok, thankfully, but it caused us to take a close look at the drilling procedures.  A brief description of the day and of ICE CUBE.

Today was the first day (at 0630) of formal training with the RPSC folks on the equipment.  The rig is owned by NSF, but essentially via RPSC and was on loan to ICE CUBE for drilling their rodwell for water for the drilling process.  Things went fairly smooth.  I had a few tidbits to add to the JHA (job hazard analysis), but they had done a fairly thorough job.  I think I was out and about a bit too long with the side of my hand bordering on frost nip.  No biggy – was just very dry for several days and would get chilly.

Now is a good time to describe ICE CUBE in brevity.  This is a multi-national funded investigation, based out of (we think) the University of Wisconsin.  This is the largest research project currently on station (staff population, resources, and money).  Holes are being drilled (using hot water) approximately 2500m deep and a series of DOMs are deployed on a string.  The Doms are spaced out and are being used to detect neutrinos.  This is another experiment designed with the hopes of obtaining more information about our origins.  The project is called ICE CUBE as the investigation area is 1km square and the DOMs are deployed from 1.5km down to 2.5km down.  Hence, the investigation area is a cubic kilometer.

-LAS

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