Borehole into Earth’s Mantle

Technical Review and Risk Reduction Study for BEAM


Here is the final open IODP-Management International (IODP-MI) report on “High Impact Systems (Rock Bits, Coring and More) Technical Review and Risk Reduction Study” prepared by the Blade Energy Partners for the purpose of identifying and providing technical review and proposing risk reduction process for equipment and services to substantially reduce mantle drilling time and risk.

This report is a natural follow-up from the mantle drilling initial feasibility study conducted by IODP-MI in 2011. (

Major support for this BEAM report came from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation also as part of the exploration of fieldwork options for the Deep Carbon Observatory (

To download the full report, icon click here.

To access “IODP Scientific Mantle Drilling Preliminary Resources": click here.


Some Figures appearing in the Technical Review and Risk Reduction Study for BEAM

Figure 7. Impreg Bit for Drilling Basalt Offshore Shetland

Figure 12. Case 4 2011/2012 Drilling Curve Comparison

IODP Photo Gallery

Ocean Hall (Smithsonian Museum 1)
Ocean Hall (Smithsonian Museum 1)
Making up LWD Tools (JFAST)
Making up LWD Tools (JFAST)
Ocean Hall  (Smithsonian Museum 2)
Ocean Hall (Smithsonian Museum 2)